by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday March 7, 2006
Building Truth into Our Life
Building truth into our lives means that we cannot merely hear God’s Word; we must do what it says. James explains that a hearer is Forgetful — when tough situations arise, his accumulated knowledge means nothing. But a doer is blessed. His prior experience tells him God will guide him through future valleys.
If you want to be a scriptural doer, first identify a point of need — the best place to begin building a foundation of truth is in the area you feel the most interest, pressure, or pain. For instance, if your problem is financial, start by opening the Bible and asking God to reveal the truth about money: Who owns it all? Why does Scripture talk about tithing? Can money become our master? We can use the Word of God even before we are very familiar with it — many Bibles include a concordance, which lists verses related to a variety of topics.
Second, make a personal application of the truth revealed in the Scriptures. Accept God’s principle as authentic and real, and then be obedient to what He says. If we are learning about forgiveness, we forgive even though the act might be painful.
Third, observe and record what happens when you obey. People often make requests but neglect to notice or thank God when He answers. Observing the Lord’s provision will cement our trust and prepare us for future faith tests. Recording what He does ensures we will remember His care for years.
Building a foundation of truth requires a long-term commitment. The more we learn God’s principles, the more fully will His Word support our life.
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