But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in the mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. (James 1:22-24 NASB)
As a counselor I see many people who claim to be Christians yet continue to live defeated lives. As a Christian there are times I struggle with the same syndrome as Paul – doing that which I don’t want to do. He says in Romans 7:18b-19 (ESV), For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep doing.
Do you sometimes feel like situations and things are not really going well in your life – so that you are not really experiencing all the blessings and victories you believe God promises? I am going to ask you the same question I myself must face daily – are you truly “doing” the Word? Are you really applying Scripture to your life, or are you just reading and proclaiming it without living it? Maybe you are not even reading it. Without reading and application of the Word, neither you nor I will experience God’s working in our lives. Below are some verses that proclaim to us the promises we have from Scripture that, if we really believe in them, we will find victory. When you read these verses – ask yourself… am I really trusting in or proclaiming these truths in my life?
* God’s mercies are NEW every morning – great is Thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23)
* We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37-39)
* God is in CONTROL (Jeremiah 31:11)
* We have a Spirit of power and not FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7)
* Our flesh/sin is crucified (Galatians 5:24)
* Our sins are no longer remembered (Isaiah 43:25)
* I forget that which is behind (Philippians 3:15)
* The battle is God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15)
* I will fear no evil (Psalm 23:4-6)
* Christians are VICTORIOUS (1 John 5:4-5)
That’s just the start – there is so much more.
My prayer is that you (and I) will each day learn how to truly trust in His promises.
Dr. Lynne Jahns