Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.
2 Timothy 2:15
A lot of people have been playing games when it comes to the Word. They claim to be faith people in public. But, in private, they never open the Bible at all. Then, when a time of trouble comes and they try to stand on the Word, they fall flat on their spiritual faces.
Well, the time for playing games is over. It’s time for us to realize that real faith involves action. James 2:20 says faith without works [or corresponding action] is dead.
If you want the kind of faith that will keep you on your feet when others are falling around you, you need to take some action where the Word is concerned.
First, you need to study. You can study the Word in many ways. Not only can you read it, you can dig deeply into it with concordances, Greek/Hebrew dictionaries and other study guides. What’s more, if you have a media player, you can walk around half the day listening to teaching. It’s only one way of study, but it is a powerful one.
The second thing you need to do is go where the Word is being preached. When Romans 10:17 says “faith cometh by hearing,” it’s talking about the preached Word.
STUDY THE MANUAL
2 John 6NAS “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments…”
We hear a lot of talk about love these days. But, the truth is, few people really know what it is. For most, it’s an emotional phantom that appears – then vanishes – without warning. Illusive. Undefinable. Forever sought but rarely found.
Even Christians seem to be confused about it at times. But they don’t need to be. The WORD of God reveals clearly what love truly is. It tells us, quite simply, that love is keeping the commandments of God. It is knowing and obeying His WORD.
Thank heaven, God didn’t leave us wondering about love. He didn’t make us struggle along with some indefinite, hazy idea about it. He made it clear and easy to define. Throughout the Bible He gave us instructions so we could know how to love as He loves. He gave us His Manual in black and white! All we have to do is follow it, and we will be walking in love.
This is especially important for us to know these days because as the world around us grows more sinful, people are becoming increasingly confused about love. They think doing anything that feels good is loving. They even excuse immoral lifestyles, all in the name of love.
Becoming a Christian doesn’t make you an instant expert on love, either. Although the love of God was born within you the moment you made Jesus Christ The LORD of your life, initially you are a spiritual baby. It’s only by feeding on The WORD of God and learning how love acts that you leave spiritual infancy and develop the maturity to walk in love.
Nothing-absolutely nothing-is more important than learning to love. So study the Manual God has given you. It will teach you how to make the love that is inside you show up on the outside. As you act on God’s WORD, His love will be perfected in your life, and others will see Jesus in you.