A Nugget from New Life Network
Scripture for the Day (August 3, 2018)
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
You can learn a lot from studying the Word of God but you will never really understand the ways of God until you are willing to do the Word of God. A person that has never been saved can’t teach someone else about salvation. A person that has never prayed for the sick and seen a person healed can tell someone else how to do that. A person that has never been baptized in the Spirit can teach someone else about the gifts of the Spirit. It just doesn’t work that way.
It gets back to that old saying “A man who has an argument is always at the mercy of a man who has an experience”. You can argue all day about your theory on whether such things as speaking in tongues or healing are for today or not. However, you will never convince a person that has been healed, or a person who has been baptized in the Holy Ghost, of your theories because they know the truth. They have already experienced it and that experience has given them insight into the Word of God that they would not have had otherwise. Doing the Word gives you certain insights and knowledge that you cannot get any other way and that takes faith on our part and it is impossible to please God without faith. God set it up that way.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:22-25)
What I have learned over the years is that two-thirds of God’s name is “GO”. If we are just willing to go and do what He tells us to do He will bless our going and teach us as we go. It has nothing to do with how smart we are or how talented we are. Your intellect and talent is not going to save or heal anyone. You need the anointing and presence of God for those things to happen and that requires us to go and do what He has called us to do.
The first time I went into a prison to share my testimony I felt very nervous and very unqualified. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Was it oratorically great? Absolutely not! But what I learned was that God was pleased. He was with me every step and brought to my remembrance the things I needed to say. What I learned was we cannot wait until we think we are qualified to go. We just have to go and as we are obedient to go He will teach us what we need to know. He will confirm His Word with signs and wonders.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)