Just do it!

Don't leave it up to Nike to tell you, take heed to God's word.

Life gives us choices. Our lives are essentially a reflection of the decisions that we make. Even God clearly states his sovereign prerogative to give us a choice in the matter.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28a reads, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God.”

God’s word, if properly attended to, will yield blessings for the believer. Knowing the word, however, is not sufficient—we must put it to use.

James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Being a doer of the word is actually what makes a disciple. The word even tells us that simply believing is not sufficient, but we must evidence our belief by what we do (James 2:26).

Jesus warns us against sitting idle on his word. Luke 6:46-49 reads:

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Not only does Jesus have the words to eternal life, but also of success.  If we act on his word, the Lord assures us that we will be immovable in building towards our destinies—because he is the foundation.

Not putting his words “into practice” makes our plans and us unstable, because he sustains “all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). This includes every intricate detail of our lives, and we will not see success without acting on his word.

To this effect, the Lord gives Joshua instructions before leading Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua 1:8 reads:

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

If we obey the Lord’s instructions he is sure to prosper us! What a wonderful promise given to us by a wonderful God.

The same instructions given to Joshua are found in Psalm 1’s description of one who is blessed:

Blessed is the man

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

This person is declared blessed when meditating on God’s word, but the blessing is evidenced when he actually does something! Because God’s favor has been pronounced on his life, all of his endeavors will yield prosperity.

Proverbs 10:22 reads, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” The Lord blesses us for a reason, and that reason is to bring us wealth!

Consequently, Proverbs 10:4 reads, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

These scriptural proofs lead me to believe that God blesses our endeavors to bring us this wealth. It is our desire and efforts, however, which determine how high we will go.

Proverbs 21:5 reads, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Diligence in our affairs will prosper us, but hastiness will bring us to ruin.

Ultimately, we have to be guided by God’s Spirit in all of our affairs. As much as we try do or as hard as we work, it is God who prospers us (Deuteronomy 8:17-18) according to his will for our lives.

Proverbs 16:9 echoes these sentiments, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”

So if God orders our steps then how does he bring us to prosperity? He uses the gifts that he has given each and every one of us!

Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.”

I have often wondered why some people who do not follow Christ have amassed so much wealth. Well, that is because God intrinsically gives us all gifts that have the ability to prosper us.

The difference between the non-believer and the Christian, though, is that we work according to God’s standard.

Remember, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

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~ by christianballenger on July 22, 2011.

2 Responses to “Just do it!”

  1. Thank you. After reading this post…what a blessing you have been in my life today. Giving God ALL the glory.

  2. Amen!

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