“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17
Someone I know suffers from severe depression and has for years. She is a faithful believer and spends time in the morning reading and studying the Bible. In fact, she wouldn’t think of skipping a day without devotions. When I mentioned that it might be helpful to look each day to see what God was actually telling her to do—something actionable—in the Word, it was as if lightning had struck. This was a whole new concept.
How much time do we spend reading and studying the Bible with absolutely no intention or thought of doing what God says in order to be transformed? We are enjoying the status quo rather than being changed day by day into his image. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (principles of belief), for reproof (reprimand), for correction (making right), for instruction in righteousness (right standing with God): That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
The Word of God gives direction (Psa. 119:105); obeying the Word brings blessing (Luke 11:28); doing the Word protects us in the storm (Luke 7:24); the Word provides understanding (Psa. 119:130); the Word is truth (John 17:17); the Word heals (Psa. 107:20); whoever keeps his Word loves him (John 14:21); keeping his Word brings success (Josh. 1:8). AND living in the Word is the surest way to grow spiritually and to maintain a joyous relationship with him.
Why should we sell ourselves short when delight in him is so easily accessed? Pick up the Bible; ask him to speak through his Word; talk to him; and live in him. He’s made the way so plain that even the most stupid can’t miss it (Isa. 35:8 TLB).
Father, in you is everything we will ever need for life and righteousness. Strengthen our faith to trust you in all things, and help us to discipline ourselves so that we may be transformed into your likeness. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.