LIVE BY THE WORD
You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words.Psalm 119.57
Believers live by the Word! The word is of utmost importance in our lives, how we handle the word or the importance we give the word will reflect in our lives.
Josh.1.8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Living by the word is not following some set of man-made rules or moral compass, it’s giving the word first place; it is insisting on the word even in the face of opposing or contrary situations.
I was speaking to a young man one time to get him to believe that he didn’t have to struggle to end a certain addiction, showed him in God’s word how the power of God would deal with it, he saw it and read it but he just kept nodding his head, I said to him, “brother, do you now see?” He replied “Yes, but let me do it my way” I knew right then “oh he’ll never get this right choosing his way over God’s way”.
Well, many believers are like that, they see it in scriptures or their pastor teaches it but then they say “well I’ve been doing it this way for a long time now, I can’t change” no, You must give the word first place and make that change, that’s how you live by the word. That’s how you got saved in the first place, you believed the word! You are not going to stop now, are you?
Jas.1.22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Jas.1.25 – 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.
To live by the word is to be PROMPT in doing the word. You make the change fast as long as you are sure it’s God’s word and you stand by it.
The moment you begin to do this, you will live a victorious life. Live by God’s word, give it first place.
Further Reading: James 1:22-25, John 15
CONFESSION: I am a doer of the Word, I am not sluggish or slack as pertaining the word of God, I live by word and I allow the word culture me to live the way God wants me to.