I hope with this blog post that I can encourage someone today with this message, I know I am encouraged by it myself. I have some areas in my life where I want to hear from God, and I do through sermons in church and his word and the Holy Spirit, but there are somethings that I have not put into practice yet. Well that is about to change and I hope it will change with you if there is an area in your life that this pertains to.
How many of you can be honest and say that you as well in some, a few, or all areas of you life you love to hear from God through his word or sermons etc but you do not practice what the word says? (Insert me rasing my hand) Lets look at Ezekiel again, how many times did Ezekiel speak to Judah and Judah’s neighbors like Egypt and some ignored him and others listened but did not put it into practice. ultimately the finally comes (Ezekiel 3:21). Now the shepherds of Israel only looked after themselves, they did not take care of the flock or strengthen those who were weak. (Ezekiel 34:1-14)
How many of us go to church on sunday and hear a good word preached by our pastor and then when monday comes and during the week we do not practice those beliefs or what we learned in church the sunday before? How many talk to your children about what was learned in church and read to them the bible, but yet your words do not match up with what you practice, or is contrary to your beliefs and what you are teaching them? Let’s follow Daniels example and not only have faith in God but put it into practice as well. Let’s talk about Daniel for a second, in Daniel chapters 1-3 Daniel chose not to defile himself with the royal food and wine. Then when the king decreed that everyone bow down and worship the image of gold. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused, they not only believed in God and trusted in him but they put that faith and belief into practice.
They bowed only to God and served only God not idols and images of gold, they risked their life and stayed loyal to him. God protected them in return (Daniel 3:17-27). So I encourage you sister and brothers to not just believe and have faith in God. But to put that belief and faith into practice. When God says not to let any corrupt talk come out of your mouth, then uplift and edify others, speak kindly of others. When he says to help the poor, then do not look down on the homeless and just merely walk past them on the street. Help them, give them your last $20 or the money you were going to spend on sweets you do not need, instead buy them some fruit or some food. Do not use the excuse I do not have cash, go into the store and use that credit card you were going to use and get them some food.
There are so many ways to put Gods word in to practice daily we just have to be bold enough, to live out that faith and belief in private and in the public, even if we get ridiculed or called holier than thou for it.
Daniel preached a sermon with his life, let that sink in for a minute. Read the whole book of Daniel and you will see why I say that. A lot of times our children and others learn about God by our behavior, our life, basically what we display our witness teaches them about the God we speak of. to many you, let me repeat to many YOU are the only bible they see. So what are witnessing to others? Is your witness to others showing that you know Gods word and can speak it but not practice it with you life and actions? I know for me as the song states, I am going to ” Dare to be a Daniel” (Hoover, Kirk, Tiegreen, 2012).
God Bless You
Hoover, J. W., Kirk, P. A., & Tiegreen, C. (Eds.). (2012). The daily walk Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House , Incorporated.