Good morning! Happy Friday. It has been a busy week, but I thank God for His grace and mercy. I pray your week has been going well.
TFTD: Hide the Word in your heart!
Psalm 119:9-11New King James Version (NKJV)
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
I would assume that most people have heard the statement: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Have you ever found yourself saying this to your children or to someone you are giving direction too? It is actually quite perplexing. You mean to tell me, you want to tell someone what to do and then expect them to do it, yet you don’t want to be held to the same standard? Umph! I like the following statements better, “Practice what you preach” or “Walk the walk”. These statements suggest that you have to be accountable and live as examples. It’s not enough to have a lot of lip-service, you must back it up with action.
So, how can one do this as a Christian? I’m glad you asked. You have to hide the Word of God in your heart. I’m a living witness that the things you preach and teach to others will become the very things you will be tested in. You will be tested to prove your faith and loyalty to God, the testing of your faith produces patience and you will be tested to confirm or disprove the very word you spoke. People are watching your every move more than they listen to your words! You can’t stand on your soap box and scream to the nations, “Don’t smoke, don’t curse, don’t have sex before you are married, don’t gossip, don’t lie, don’t steal:, but you are doing the very thing you are telling people not to do. And you are wondering why no one takes your advice.
Your words have impact, but your actions carry a lot of power and influence. People are more prone to follow the leader who has done the things they are instructing versus the person who is yelling demands, but have never walked a mile in their shoes. Here are some tips on how to “Walk the walk” and “practice what you preach”.
- Read the Word of God daily and hide His Word in your heart. It is so important to know the Word for yourself. When you are tempted and tried, and you will be, it’s important to pull references from the Word.
- Pray daily! You should pray more than you complain. Make it a habit to pray constantly. Don’t just ask God for things, but worship Him, tell Him thank you.
- Solicit the prayers from prayer warriors. The prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16). You better link up with some people who talk to the Lord and have an intimate relationship with Him. When you can’t find a Word for yourself, ask someone to pray for you.
Don’t live your life as a walking contradiction, always speaking one thing and doing another. Have some consistency in your message. People are looking at you for direction. Don’t confuse them. Help them by living a life that is pleasing to God.
Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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