Monday, July 7, 2014
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I've come a long way for a technically challenged person; from never having used a computer to using one of them quite a bit each day. I don't understand all about it, but I know how to use it.
Some lessons I've learned the hard way: Like typing in part of a book or a magazine article or notes of some kind, and then typing in a password to save it with, and then making one fatal mistake. See, apparently you have to hit this little key that says Enter or you won't be seeing that material again. Just because the information appears on the screen doesn't mean you've got it. You have to save it by pressing this Enter command.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Hitting 'Enter.'"
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from James 1, beginning at verse 22. God says, "Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does."
Now, these verses are about people who read and hear the Bible a lot. Is that you? Oh, it appears on their mental screen often, but it's people who don't really have it. They read it and then it disappears. See, just hearing and knowing the Word of God does not a Christian make. Just because it's appeared on your screen doesn't make it yours. You've got to hit Enter.
Well, how do you do that? The passage talks about not forgetting what you've read. First of all you have to memorize it. With the pressure that you're under in your life, you've got to know it isn't enough to just have God's Words in your Bible. They've got to be in your heart so you can bring them up on your screen when the pressure's on. You need for Scripture to be a part of your personality, your intuitive responses. That happens when you memorize a promise or a challenge and then you enter it as yours.
I think you are also better able to remember when you write it down. Have you tried keeping a Jesus Journal with your Bible? It's the greatest thing I've ever done in terms of my growth in Christ. After you've read, then you write what God has said to you in your own words and then you write what you're going to do differently that day as a result of what He said. See, you're processing it; you're saving it when you write it. God's words become yours when you use them. During the day, tell someone else the words God has spoken to you. That enters it too. And most of all, you enter the truths of God when you apply what appeared on your Bible screen. In other words you ask yourself, "Lord, what can I apply today to something I'm going to face today?" And then that means that that day you do something that is a specific obedience to what you read in God's Word that morning.
Have you ever wondered how you could have heard so much Bible in your life and still be so far from your spiritual goals? Maybe it's because you've forgotten to press Enter. God's words enter your life forever when you memorize it, when you write it down, when you tell somebody else about it, and when you specifically apply it to your life.
You know, our churches are filled with people who have heard God's Word about what Christ did on the cross, coming out of His grave, our need to pin all our hopes on Jesus and make Him not just the Savior but our personal Savior. And yet those people will not be in heaven, because they knew all about Jesus but they never pressed Enter. They never opened the door of their heart to Jesus and have that saving faith transaction with Him.
If you're not sure you have, I want to invite you to check out our website and let me meet you there to help you know how to begin a relationship with Him for sure. It's ANewStory.com. Take it from someone who has lost information that he couldn't afford to lose. When the message is important, which it always is when it comes from God, make sure you've entered it into your life.