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Thursday, April 16
FAITH ISN’T SLUGGISH
(Quickly Respond To The Word)
👤 Pastor Chris
📖 TO THE BIBLE
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
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“I’ll do it tomorrow” was Jeffrey’s usual response to any call made in Church as regards evangelism or soulwinning. He thought it was someone else’s responsibility to share the Word with others, and hence grew slower in his faith-responses towards the Spirit. That’s not smart!
Listen, one of the ways to make the Word of God effective in your life is by acting quickly on it. Never be hesitant or slothful to act on God’s Word. Many miss too much without realizing it when they’re slow or hesitant to act on the Word. Whatever instruction the Lord gives to you, whatever inspiration comes to you as you study the Word or listen to it preached and taught in church, respond swiftly. That’s the kind of faith-response that gets God’s attention.
When you respond swiftly to God, He’ll always respond quickly to you as well. The Bible says, “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). That means you can quench the Spirit, after He has tried to no avail to stir you up and have you do something for which you were either hesitant or unresponsive. When your faith is stirred, it’s an indication of the Spirit of God working in you; so, don’t suppress His work in you. Act immediately on whatever instruction, guidance or direction He gives you, even when such doesn’t seem to appeal to the senses.
Think about it: to the man who had a paralyzed limb, and couldn’t move his hand, Jesus said, “…Stretch out your hand…” (Matthew 12:13). If the man had tried to rationalize the instruction instead of responding swiftly, perhaps he’d have lost his miracle. Don’t be hesitant or reluctant when it comes to acting on God’s Word. Be smart to respond boldly, and swiftly in doing the Word, for that’s how to honour the Lord in your life.
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🎯 Go Deeper
Proverbs 13:13; Philippians 2:13; Luke 5:5
Dear Father, I’m quick to act on your Word, and have it produce in me the message that it carries. I’m transformed, strengthened and energised for the glory-life as I live in, and by your Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
📚 Daily Bible Reading
Luke 15:11-32, Ruth 1-4
Mark 2:23-28, Leviticus 16
Study the miraculous account of Peter and John in Acts 3, as they ministered to the lame man at the Temple Gate called Beautiful. What can you observe about Peter’s faith as he lifted the lame man from the ground? Note down your observations below.