“For this reason, beloved ones, be eager to confirm and validate that God has invited you to salvation and claimed you as His own. If you do these things, you will never stumble.”
– 2 Peter 1:10
“But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
– James 1:22
In our acronym for STANDARD today we are focused on the A – application. Our two verses for today talk to us about being doers of what we have learned, what we have heard, and what we see in the Word. Application is taking something and putting it to use. Think for a moment about the application of paint.
There are correct steps for applying paint to get the desired result. First you see an area in need of change; next you prepare that area by sanding or filling holes or maybe taping off a section. Following that, you can set up the supplies, brushes or rollers, a paint stirrer, etc… then you can start to put the paint on the applicator transferring paint to the space desired. Application is a process of putting to use what you have, so let’s think of this application in spiritual terms now.
We have the Word of God to apply to our lives that will transform us! We start this application process by John 15:5 which talks about staying joined to the Vine. We seek after the Lord for what we have need of, we take a scripture verse the Word of Life and we receive, decree it and act on it! It’s the step of acting on it that is essential. Remember from our salvation devotional that our behavior should mirror our beliefs so it is time to put it all into action. We choose to obey the truth we’ve heard, and then we become doers of the Word, not just hearers.
Application of God’s Word to your daily life will get easier the more you do it. The more you practice a skill, the easier it becomes and the more proficient at it you are. Same with being skillful in the Word; you will not have to read the verse, it will just come from your memory and that will always be your first response without needing to think about it.
Where can you apply a new coat of the Word to in your life?
What scripture will you put on?
Walk with the King…