We have a responsibility before the Lord to implement the insights that He gives us. We need to be good stewards or we will be like those in Mark 4:19. Other things will creep in and choke the word so it does not bear fruit.
1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Here is my paraphrase: if I ‘say’ that I have intimate communion with the Lord, and continue to walk in my flesh, then I am lying and not being a doer of His word. That brings it right up close and personal.
In 1967 the Lord spoke words into my heart that broke through a lot of emotional barriers. ‘You have not esteemed My word more than your necessary food.’ It was the reverse of Job 23:12 which says, “I have not departed from the commandments of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
1 John 1:8, 10 say, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
The Holy Spirit brings conviction as we daily read God’s word. However, if we don’t confess what He has convicted us of, we are like the verse in James 1:23-24. We are hearing but not doing and therefore deceiving ourselves ~ forgetting our fleshly reactions are sin.
1 John 2:4, 6, and 9 all use the words, “He who says…” We have to ask ourselves: what am I saying that I am doing but I am not? That makes us double-minded and therefore unstable according to James 1:7-8. Here is our stability.
Psalm 15:2-5 says: walk uprightly, speak truth in our heart, not backbiting, not doing evil to our neighbor, nor expressing disapproval against a friend, despising vileness, honoring those who fear the Lord, doing what we say we will do no matter what the consequences are, not charging interest, or taking bribes against those who are innocent. Verse 5 ends with, “…He who does these things shall never be moved.”
It all boils down to this: are we daily living out the gospel through our interactions? We came to Christ acknowledging that we are sinners and in need of His saving grace. Progressive sanctification is walking out our salvation in each situation.
Philippians 2:12-13 says, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” The fear of the Lord means to revere and worship Him.
What is praise? It is exultation, high honor, esteem, and reverence. It comes from a heart that dwells in His love moment by moment. We are created to glorify the only One who embodies love. 1 John 4:8 says that God is love.