What are you doing? (Part 4) Frustrations

22But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
-James 1:22

“People do not know the Word until they begin to practice it and let it live in them. They may have sat under one of the finest teachers or preachers in the country for years, yet it has never become a part of their lives.”

~E.W. Kenyan

One of the hardest things for people to do in life is actually apply what they are learning. That’s what we’ve been talking about in this series. Isn’t it overwhelming sometimes? Applying what you’ve learned? Actually doing it?

You’ve been there, you start learning principle after principle, and before you know it you feel like your drowning in a sea of things you’re not doing.You try implementing everything all at once, and fall flat on your face. Before you know it, you want to throw in the towel. I’ve been there, I’m there now, and I’m sure I’ll be there in the future. However, I’ve learned one thing that has enabled me to keep pressing on and striving to get better every minute of every day.

It is the realization that becoming a Doer of the Word is a journey, not a destination.

You’ll never arrive, no one applies everything they’ve learned or does everything perfectly. Neither will you, just do your best everyday and you’ll find yourself doing more than you could ever imagine. Realize that you’ll be learning and applying principles for the rest of your life.

As I wrap up this series, I just want to encourage you to strive to be someone who actually acts on the things they’ve learned.

If you do get discouraged or frustrated, get around people who will encourage you. If we’re going to be all that God has called us to be, we’re going to have to act on His Word and surround ourselves with mighty men and women of God who will stick with us through the times we want to throw in the towel because we’re overwhelmed. They’ll make all the difference!

I hope this helped you… Thoughts?

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2 Responses

  1. In I Corinthians 1:4, Paul writes, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” It is sometimes a challenge to celebrate the good things God is doing in our lives during times when we seem to struggle the most, and to be truly grateful to God for the evidences of grace in every situation. It was a call to see ourselves and others in a more accurate way… recognizing ourselves as truly ordinary without God…and ultimately truly extraordinary when tapped into God's grace and nurture and admonition. We can get stuck in the mire and frustration of our unworthiness…or struck by the simplicity of knowing that the journey of the righteous continues brighter and brighter…every day. Steady the course. God's amazing grace is powerfully and wonderfully at work in your life! That's what makes you awesome! That's the fuel that keeps you on fire! 🙂

  2. Thanks big guy! Your encouragement is always so refreshing! Thanks for being such a huge blessing in my life – I'm so grateful to have someone like you to invest in me. I'm excited about what God has in your future as well! Get ready!

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