By: Tyrone D Palmer
Many professing Christians today have forgotten how much we need to study and be obedient to the Word of God. We must remember that we are commanded by Jesus to abide in His word, and live by His word.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The word of God is powerful, and it is truth. The word of God is also sharper than a double edged sword and it cuts through lies, deceptions, and our hearts.
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Jesus tells us all plainly that we are wise and build on the rock, IF we hear His words and put them into practice, but if we just listen and do nothing we are foolish, building our house upon sand that will fall when trouble, persecution, and disaster strikes.
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
How many professing Christians hear the word of God and then do what they hear? How many of us leave the church, watch a video, or participate in a bible study and say 'that was a good word', and then go on with our everyday lives forgetting everything we just heard?
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Jesus said if we abide in His word we will know the truth. We can’t just hear the word and then do nothing about it; we must abide in it and obey it.
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
We cannot be afraid or ashamed to speak the words of Jesus to anyone; we must be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ.
“For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.”
Will you receive the word of God? Will you be more than just a hearer of the word? Do you understand that the words of Jesus will judge us at the last day?
“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
Tyrone D Palmer, servant, and apostle of Jesus