Prove It! by Hearing & Doing


MANKIND IS THE ONLY THING IN CREATION THAT HEARS THE WORD OF GOD AND DISOBEYS IT

He tells Mount Everest, “Be this tall” and it doesn’t argue.  He tells the earth, “Spin on this axis” and the earth doesn’t shoot back and try to roll over (Job 38.12).  He tells the ocean, “You can come this far” and it ebbs and flows within the boundaries God made (Job 38.11).  He says, “Snow” and it snows.  He says, “Rain” and it rains (Job 38.22).

But some of you may ask, “Then why do earthquakes and tsunamis happen?”

Because of the sin of man.

Romans 8.20-22 says:

20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 thata the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

Romans 5.12 says:

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—

God spoke things into existence and everything He created obeys him…except us.  And because of that, everything he created is groaning, longing for the Redeemer to make all things new.  We hear the word of God and then we decide if we want to do that or not.

So in this post, I want to show you how to Prove It! By Hearing and Doing

TWO RESPONSES

Humanity has two responses to the Word of God:

  1. We hear it and do what it says
  2. We hear it and do what we want

James 1.22 says:

Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

If you look in the mirror and see a huge zit, what do you do?

If you see a really long nose hair, what do you do?

If you have major bed-head, what do you do?

If your make-up is uneven, what do you do?

When you see imperfection in a mirror, common sense says do something about it.  When you see what the Bible says and you compare it to your life, what are you doing about it?  Do you hear it and do what it says?  Do you hear it and do what you want?

THREE CHECKS

James tells us this in 1.26-27:

26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.  27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

There’s really three practical things in this passage:

  1. Keep a tight rein on your tongue
  2. Look after orphans and widows in their distress
  3. Keep yourself from being polluted by the world

How do you hear the word and do the word?  Start here.

THIS IS NOT A HARD CONCEPT

So you’re a Christian?  Prove it.

And prove it by how you put into practice what you hear from the Bible.

We have things in our lives that make it hard for us to hear from God.  We “pray about it” but we never do anything with the answer we get.  And we remain grimy.

The true follower of Christ hears the Word of God and, even if he disagrees with it, will let the Word change him.

Brothers and sisters, let it change you.  Do what it says and see what happens.

If it says give, give.  If it says love, love.  If it says pray, pray.  If it says prove it, prove it.

It’s real easy to say you’re a Christian.  But Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

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