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Doer Of The Word

Posted by Job on March 8, 2007

James 1:22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. How does one be a doer of the word? As stated earlier, one must first be a hearer of the word. But that is not sufficient, for one can hear the word and not execute it. How, then, does one execute the word upon hearing it? Well, trying to go out and do what you hear is a step, but only a partial one. If that is the approach that you take, then your obedience to the word will be partial; you may start but then fail to follow through. Or you will fulfill some things that you hear from the word through the Holy Spirit Ruach Hakadosh but not others; your being a doer of the word will depend on your willingness to do so, your convenience, the level of opposition from Satan (who will oppose you in various ways!) and other obstacles, your comprehension of the word, or how desirable (or undesirable) doing the task sounds to you when you hear it or appears to you when you start it. And then, even if you do good in executing what you hear, you will negate it by doing evil by things that you have not heard, or have even specifically heard from God not to do. So, how does one be a true doer of the word? It is simple to say, but harder to understand and hardest to achieve: by doing nothing else! First, you must stop all activity. Everything that you are doing, no matter the motivation, must cease. Of course if you have basic obligations i.e. family and work, continue to do those, but outside of that quit it! Why? Well, why were you doing it in the first place? Were you doing it to honor God? If not, then why are you doing it? What good is it? And even if you were doing it to honor God, did God tell you to do it? Is He pleased by it? And are you doing in the manner that God wishes you to?

 As one must give up all preconceived and competing notions to hear the word, one must give up all prior, competing, and extraneous actions to DO the word. We must instead pray about and examine all of our actions. Why do we do the things that we do? What is our motivation? Is it out of expectation? Emulation? Intimidation? Is it in pursuit of some reward that we want for ourselves, or an attempt to please or win accolades from others? Even the things that we do for the church, is God in it? Is it for God? Is God for it? What percentage of our daily activities are in pursuit of God? What percentage of our daily thoughts are on things that we could or should be doing for God? The thing that you are doing right now: is it for God? If so, what of your activity prior, and afterwards?  You see, we have gotten so used to our worldly and world – seeking lives that we do not consider how much of our daily routine and how many of the things that we even aspire to do have nothing to do with God, and even offend and oppose God. How can we serve God and defy Him at the same time? How can we serve God exclusively if we have to interrupt what we do for Him and do something else? And the worst part is that it all comes automatically. We do things that have nothing to do with implementing Christ in our lives and on this earth without even thinking about it. A great deal of it is our flesh, but most of it is simply culture, lifestyle, and habit. 90% of the things that we do every day, we do it simply because we always have, and moreover we cannot conceive of a single day, let alone a life, without doing them. Yet these very things that seem harmless, routine, essential, etc. and an integral part of our lives to us block, interrupt, and oppose the plans of God within us. So, we must set our designs on not doing those things. And since we honestly cannot tell right away what things are for God, what are against Him, and what are simply extraneous, we need to just do as little as possible, and just wait for the Holy Spirit to tell us what to do. We have to take on the attitude that if God didn’t tell me to do it, then I am not going to do it!

 You might say “Well, I cannot hear God, or I am not certain.” Well, that is OK, just sit tight until you do. How else are you supposed to be at rest to hear the still, small voice in your head or in your spirit? And after you hear it, how else are you to try what you heard by the Bible? (Yes, when you hear the voice, you should immediately read the Bible to confirm in it what you heard!) Too much activity and commotion is precisely what keeps us from hearing the word, remember? And while you are waiting for the word to come? Just sit tight! Why not? Do you not realize that this is rest for the body, mind, emotions, and spirit? It is your SABBATH! So many spiritual problems in the Body of Christ are due to people being exhausted and stressed out, and that is particularly sad when the exhausting stressful activities are in 99% of the cases things that God has not asked for and does not want! Realize that the Word of the Lord came to Moses after he had spent 40 years as a shepherd and tending his family and was content. The same with the Promise being fulfilled to Abraham, when he was at rest. The Word came to Daniel after he had set his mind on the Lord through fasting. And when Elijah was running for his life from Jezebel, the Lord had him wait by a brook where he could eat and drink and rest before giving him further instructions, and later he had Elijah rest with the widow whose son that he raised from the dead. So just sit and wait on the Lord! Another reason for the waiting: purification. You almost certainly were defiling yourself with acts that are against God’s Will, and those acts were habitual for you. Sitting around and doing nothing cleanses you from what you have done, and it breaks those bad habits. You will suffer withdrawal for a while, but eventually you will no longer be used to and then no longer even desire to do those things. Then you will begin to wonder why you ever did them in the first place, and will cringe at some of the things that you used to do. That is called allowing the Holy Spirit to work on you, to grow fruits in you. That is called RENEWING YOUR MIND. What is renewing your mind? The word that you are hearing while you are at rest.  But when your rest is over and your mind is sufficiently renewed, you will be able to go and do the word without having to be double – minded fighting against the corruption of your deeds, your bad habits, or your desire to break off doing God’s Will and go do bad habits. Fulfilling God’s Word and contending against the enemy using your spiritual weapons is plenty enough of a task, you do not want to be fighting against part of yourself or your nature either.

 You might feel foolish or lazy, wondering about all the things that you could be doing while you are at rest waiting to get to the point where you are fit for God’s use. Do not be. Why not? Because you were not doing those things for God before and the world did not stop. Why should it matter now? If your not being a doer of the world was not an issue while you were doing evil, why should it be an issue while the Holy Spirit is conditioning you to do good? Just be patient, relax, read your Bible, sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God, and fulfill any prayer burden that the Lord puts on you during this time. See, while you are resting until you are made ready by God to do God’s Word, you can pray God’s Word as He leads you so that whatever tasks that He has can go to someone else, and you can also pray against the forces of evil that they would be bound from attempting to hinder who God is ready to use right now. And yes, when God sends you out, there will be others praying for you in that same manner!  Being a doer of the word by doing nothing may seem backwards, but please remember that the ways of God are not supposed to conform to human intelligence! Just accept the fact that before you can be a true doer of God’s Word, you must first cease doing that which is NOT God’s Word, and more importantly break your desire and nature to do those things! Have you ever heard of a trailblazer? The trailblazer’s job is to go through the trail first, removing the obstacles out of the way so that the people behind him, the people who actually do the work, can get through to do their work. Your ceasing activity is your trailblazing, removing all of your obstacles to service of God before your service can start.

It is also an act of humility. You will be admitting to God that your selfish works and the things that emanate from your flesh are unacceptable to Him, unsuitable to Him, and have no goodness to them in any context. You will be admitting to God that it is better for you to do nothing for Him than anything of yourself! Once you break the “I am a good person who does good things naturally” mindset, then you will be ready to take on “Only God is good and only the things done of and in God are good” as a state of mind. That way, when the word comes, you won’t go do good for God, then run out and do evil for and of your flesh, and go to bed thinking that you have done two good things that day, or even that the good that you have done outweighs or negates the evil. Instead, you will attain the mindset: “Whatever I do, may it not be evil!”  Now once the actual execution of the word starts, it will be a challenge! You will need to be faithful, obedient, persevering, humble, and not self – seeking and to put on the whole armor of God to complete it. But look at it this way: all the rest that God gave you before your activity began will result in your having plenty of energy and a stress – free, uncluttered, undivided mind to get it done with! And with that plus God on your side, your ability to walk in the faith that you will do the will of God will be immense, and nothing will be able to stop you from doing the word that God has put within you! In the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, thank you God and Hallelujah! Prayer:Father God in the name of Christ Jesus, may your children realize that in order to truly do Your Word, they must stop doing that which is not Your Word. In the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, let it be so. 

  Deliverance:The demons that work in this area are false religion, self – seeking, false burden, legalism, ritualism, worldliness, and anything else that causes people to do anything other than that which God has told them to do. Pride has to go also, so that people will not regard the works that they are doing outside of God’s Will as acceptable or positive in any way. Hyperactivity, restlessness, driving, and pressure also drive people to do unedifying activities that interrupt or prevent them from carrying out the will of God. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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  1. […] Posted by healtheland on March 8th, 2007 Click on link to read devotional. […]

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