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As followers of Jesus, living out our faith and applying the things we learn from the weekend message, our Bible reading, and reflection is crucial to growing on our spiritual journey.
This is why one of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of James. It is packed full of verses that have a consistent focus on practical action, and it challenges us to apply God’s word to our everyday lives.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
This weekend, Josh gave us some practical steps to help us live out the weekend message. These steps will help ensure that we don’t just nod in agreement with what we heard and then forget about it. They help us put into action the truths Josh shared from the Bible.
The first practical step is to identify the white noise in your life. Are there things that you are doing to drown out your unwanted emotions? This could be your phone, social media, television, alcohol, or several other things. Identifying your white noise is the first step to emotional clarity, allowing you to see and feel what’s really going on in your life.
The second practical step is to experiment with it. For example, if your white noise is your phone, turn it off or charge it in another room. When you feel the urge to get it, ask yourself why you feel like you need to. Whatever your white noise is, turn it down and reflect on the thoughts and needs that present themselves to you in the absence of noise.
The final step is to intentionally listen for what it’s masking. Not only is the white noise masking your unwanted emotions, but it is also masking the true answer to these emotions. That answer is God, who is merciful to forgive, powerful enough to fix, and caring enough to walk with you through anything. In your newfound quiet, listen for his voice and the truth that he has for you today.
“Be still, and know that I am God!”
Josh called the things we do to drown out unwanted emotions white noise. What’s your white noise?
What unwanted emotion are you not dealing with today?
Once you have identified it, what is your next step to deal with it—before it deals with you?
This weekend is Halloweekend! Who can you invite?
- Identify the white noise in your life.
- Experiment with it.
- Intentionally listen for what it’s masking.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being a God of action. Please help me to be a person of action. Forgive me for the times I know what I need to do but don’t move. Today, allow me to apply the truths that I am learning about you and myself. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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