Be a Doer, Not a Hearer Only

Larry Ollison

There are people who use the excuse that they are working at overcoming offense. But that’s not what the Bible instructs us to do. James 1:23-25 clearly states that only the doers of the Word will be blessed.
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.
A doer of the Word is not someone who merely listens to what the Word says, but rather applies what he has heard to his life. How do you suppose it would sound if someone said, “I am working at not lying”? No, if you simply tell the truth, you won’t lie! It’s not those who are working at not lying who are blessed, but those who speak the truth.

God doesn’t accept the idea of “working on it” any more than you would if your spouse said he or she was “working on” being married. Your spouse would get the slack jerked out of him or her very quickly!

When someone states that they are “working on it,” what they are actually revealing is that they are not yet willing to obey God. Isn’t that right? It’s a whole lot easier to justify yourself by saying that you are working on something than it is to implement the Word of God or to admit you’re in sin. Many times you can con people with such statements, but you can’t con God because He looks upon the heart.

There is not one sin that the blood of Jesus cannot eradicate. His blood is all-powerful. And as a result, there is no excuse for a Christian to be offended. No one—no matter how heartbreaking, horrific, or desperate the situation—can develop an excuse for being offended that is acceptable to God.

You may have convinced yourself that your basis for offense is a worthy one, but you will never persuade God. He gave His Son to die so that all of humanity could be forgiven of their shortcomings. If you have accepted God’s forgiveness, then you must be willing to give it to others. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matt. 6:14)

There is no permissible excuse for disobeying God. When you stand before Him, and He asks, “Why didn’t you obey My Word?” you cannot come up with an excuse that will satisfy God. You may offer an excuse, but He will reply, “I empowered you with supernatural ability to do all that was written in My Word. All you had to do was make the decision to obey.” And the bottom line will be that you simply made poor choices.

In the same manner, there is no acceptable excuse for harboring unforgiveness because of an offense. Although someone always tries to defend their reason for being offended by saying, “But you don’t know what they did to me, or how many years I have had to put up with it.” However, the Lord didn’t exclude anyone when He said, “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25)

So, apparently it doesn’t matter what the offense was, you are still required to forgive.

Be Courageous

Gloria Copeland
“Be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest” (Josh. 1:7).

Living a life of consistent confidence in the promises of God’s Word takes courage. Most people don’t realize it, but it does! It takes courage to stand up in the face of sickness and declare you’re healed by the stripes of Jesus. It takes courage to believe for prosperity and put your last dime in the offering plate when poverty is staring you in the face.

There are going to be some days when you’d rather pull the covers over your head and hide than take another faith stand against the devil. But you can’t. Because the battle of faith isn’t fought once and then forgotten. If you want to keep living in victory, you have to fight it again and again.

There’s no way around it. Of course, some of God’s people still try to find one. The Israelites, for example. They thought their battles should be over when they crossed the Red Sea. So when they heard reports of giants living in the Promised Land, they decided they couldn’t face the fight. Their courage failed them. So they took a 40-year detour through the wilderness.

But you know what? They still couldn’t avoid that fight. When the time came for the next generation to enter the Promised Land, the giants were still there!

This time, however, they found the courage to face them. Where did they find it? In the Word of God.

Their leader, Joshua, had obeyed the instruction of the Lord and kept that Word on his mind and in his heart day and night. He’d meditated on it and let it constantly remind him that God was on their side.

If you’re going to fight the good fight of faith to the finish, you’ll have to do just like Joshua did. You’ll have to continually draw courage from the Word of God. So make up your mind to do it. Get into that Word and let it change you from a coward to an overcomer. Then march into battle and slay the giants in your land.

Scripture Reading: Joshua 1

The Seed: The Way Out of the World’s System

Keith Butler
“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days” (Eccl. 11:1 KJV).

Appreciate the seed you have because it is the beginning of your harvest. The Bible says to not despise small beginnings. The seed you have now has power.

And God gave you the seed. He gave you the way to get around the world’s system. Thank God for what the world’s system can produce, but if you’re just bound to the world’s system, you’re no different than the unsaved.

The saved ought to operate supernaturally by the Holy Ghost. Whether the world’s system produces for you or not, you can still flourish because God supplies all your needs not according to that job, but according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.

And I have news for you, God has not run out of riches. The cattle on a thousand hills belongs to God (Ps. 50:10) and God supplies for his people. David said I was once young but now I’m old and I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken (Ps. 37:25).

And I’ve never seen it because God has never forsaken me. I got news for you; He won’t forsake you either. All you have to do is do what He says.

Learn to appreciate what God’s given you. Stop complaining. Stop talking about what you don’t have and start thanking God for what you do have. He has given you seed. Understand why He’s given it to you. It is the seeding seed. That means you must plant it.

Don’t tell me you don’t have any seed. Yes you do. Put your shoe in the offer pot if you’ve got to. Look through your closet and find your best dress and give it away. Go out and buy somebody a new dress. If you don’t have one yourself, buy one for somebody else. God will give you two.

I’m a living witness. I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there. When you get on God’s system and do what He says to do, then He will see to it that you receive what He said you would receive.

Scripture References: Psalm 50:10; Psalm 37:25

10 Bible Verses to Comfort You When Hurting

Top 10 Bible verses for Comfort

Here are 10 Bible verses to Comfort you when you are hurting:

Isaiah 41:10:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (NLT).

John 16:33:
 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (NLT).

Romans 8:37-39:
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (NKJV)

Romans 15:13:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (NIV)

Job 5:11:
“The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety” (NIV).

Psalm 27:13-14:
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Romans 8:28:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (NLT)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Philippians 4:6:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (NLT).

Hebrews 13:5:
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (NKJV).