KEY SCRIPTURE: James 1:22 KJV” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.
We continue with our discussion on training our spirit. The next act to consider in our study on training our spirit is to practice the word. When one practices the word, he is strengthened in his inner man or spirit such that no situation, no matter how terrible or challenging it may be, would be able to move him. Our Lord Jesus was moved by nothing. In the face of threats from Governor Pilate, He was still composed. He had been practicing the word and could always count on God to honour His word in His life. The Lord taught that the man who practices the word is like the man who builds his house on the rock. The rains came, the floods beat at it, and the house remained firm (Matt 7:24&25)
For an example the Bible says in Phillip 4:6 as follows,” Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. In this verse the Lord says we must be anxious for nothing. This means, no matter what happens, just tell yourself I will not be anxious. This is how to practice the word. If you tend to worry and get agitated, you would ultimately be defeated. That verse adds that in time of a challenge, commit the issue to God in Prayer and thank him for answering your request. Threatening problems, always have a way of announcing their presence even after you have prayed. Just speak out to the situation that ‘I have committed the situation to God and He is in control, I will not fret myself concerning this case.
IF you approach daunting or intimidating situations this way, you are practicing the word. Your spirit man would be trained and built up to face challenges that would be showing up in the future. The Bible teaches that because of such attitude and action you would be matured and would never be in a state of anxiety and fear. Our key scripture says if we fail to practice the word, we are deceiving ourselves. Why are we deceiving ourselves when we fail to do what the word says? Like the building on the sand, your strength will fail in the day of adversity (Prov 24:10.)
I do the word. I am not moved by adversity, no matter how challenging it may be. I command
my body not to be anxious but to be joyful and do what the word says. Thank God I’m always victorious.
Matthew 7:24&25 KJV” Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Matthew 7:26&27 KJV” And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Prov 24:10 KJV” If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small”.