Putting God’s Word into Action Will Bless Your Life


It is not enough to know the Written Word but to be led by the Living Word and put the Written Word into action.

I have four boys. Two of them are grown and out of the house now. Years ago, when one of my sons was 16, he took it upon himself to not only read the Proverbs but to take it a step further. He used a legal pad to write down each individual proverb and then put his understanding of that verse into his own words noting how it could apply to his life. It was a remarkable effort for a teenager.  

The very day he finished this effort, he showed the thick legal pad to his mother and me right before bed. We congratulated him, prayed together and kissed him goodnight. It was less than 15 minutes later and he was back, standing at our bedroom door looking a little wide eyed. We asked if something was wrong. He said, “No, but I think I just had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.” Obviously we were curious so we asked him to explain. 

He said that as he was lying down to go to sleep, the verse John 13:17 kept running through his mind. Since he had only read the Proverbs for the past several months, he had no idea what this verse said, so he turned on his light, got out his bible and looked it up. It says, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

We agreed with him that the Holy Spirit was in fact speaking. God was urging him to take all that study of the Proverbs and apply it to his life.

I like to say that we have access to both the Written Word and the Living Word. It is not enough to know the Written Word but to be led by the Living Word and put the Written Word into action. When we go beyond knowing what to do, that is when we will be truly blessed.


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