I’m geniunely excited about today’s post… I have a strong desire to have a ‘prisoner-setting free, feeding the hungry’ kinda life. In chapter 24, Rick Warren has laid out practical steps to making this happen. It’s not what you may be thinking though. This is no ‘Five Steps To Becoming A Humanitarian’ story. This is a ‘How To Have God Flow Through Your Daily Life’ story – and that’s what I’m going to need if I’m going to be of any use..
God’s gracious Word can make you into what He wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need. If you abid in My word, then you are truly desciples of Mine. (Acts 20:32/1 John 8:31).
Abiding in God’s word includes:
- Accepting Its Authority The Bible must become the authoritative standard for my life. Many of our troubles occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities: culture (“everyone is doing it”), tradition (“we’ve always done it”), reason (“it seemed logical”), or emotion (“it just felt right”). Resolve that when God says to do something, you will trust God’s Word and do it whether or not it makes sense or you feel like doing it.
- Assimilating Its Truth It is not enough just to believe the Bible; I must fill my head with it so that the Holy Spirit can transform me with the truth. There are five ways to do this: You can receive it (the parable of the sower illustrates how our receptiveness determines whether or not God’s Word takes root in our lives and bears fruit. Jesus identified three unreceptive attitudes – a closed mine (hard soil), a superficial mind (shallow soil), and a distracted mind (soil with weeds) – and then He said, “Consider carefully how you listen.”),read it (daily Bible reading will keep you in range of God’s voice), research it (the difference between reading and studying the Bible involves two additional activities: asking questions of the text and writing down your insights), remember it (your capacity to remember is a God-given gift. Memorising scripture will help you resist temptation, make wise decisions, reduce stress, build confidence, offer good advice, and share your faith with others), and reflect on it (meditation is focused thinking. You select a verse and reflect on it over and over in your mind. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate).
- Applying Its Principles We must become “doers of the word.” This is the hardest step of all, because Satan fights it so intensely. We fool ourselves when we assume that just because we have heard or read or studied a truth, we have internalised it. “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24. The best wayto become a “doer of the word” is to always write out an action step as a result of your reading or studying or reflecting on God’s word.
If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32
I’m so excited and feel so empowered by this chapter. I’m off to get a bible study book.. how about you? Has this chapter made you think about how you’re reading the Bible?
Have a great day!
PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.