1. Introduction

Most activities are much easier to think about, read about, discuss/talk about than to actually do it.
  1. How about riding a bicycle – recall my first attempt at riding a bicycle with Samuel and Caleb. I was around 7 years old.
  2. My first attempt at playing golf…..at the driving range with my dad. (talked about the different golf clubs, handicap, strokes
  3. My Bike:

Again, if I can use an analogy: I have a 10 year old Honda motor cycle. And supposing I got a brand new one delivered to our parking, and I went out, looked at the bike, looked around and in under the seat and found the manual—beautiful, glossy manual, and I thought `Wow, that is fantastic!'  Took it indoors and I started studying it.  And I got out my highlighter, started underlining bits that looked really interesting, started learning particular bits that I liked off by heart, maybe cutting out bits of it and sticking it on my mirror so I could look at it while I was shaving!

I thought, `Well, maybe we could turn some of this to song’—I asked Tem or Roland to compose a song so we could sing bits of the Honda manual! I thought, `Well, you know, I wonder whether other people like the Honda manual. Perhaps I’ll join the Honda Club. Or maybe I should learn Japanese so I can study it in its original language!’ But I would have missed the point—the point of the manual is to help you RIDE THE BIKE. And unless we RIDE THE BIKE, unless we have that relationship with Jesus, we’ve missed the point.

Would you agree with me……riding the bike is far better than all the other things we can do about it? It’s much better the going for a ride with someone else in control!

Let’s examine some scripture:

(James 1:22-25 NKJV) - "(22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [in it], and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."


(Luke 6:46-49 NKJV) - "(46) "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? (47) "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: (48) "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. (49) "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.""

2. Listen to God

 (1 Kings 19:11-13 NKJV) - "(11) Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake; (12) and after the earthquake a fire, [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (13) So it was, when Elijah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice [came] to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?""

Learn to hear the “still small voice”
You must be quiet to hear it:

Some tips to hearing God speak:

a)  Develop an ear.

This takes practice. The more you act on what you think you hear, the more you learn to discern God’s voice

b)  Be quiet.

Sometimes we tend to talk too much. We need to sometimes just sit in his presence.

(Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 NLT) - "(1) As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. (2) Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. (3) Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool."

c)   Pray in the Spirit

I have found that God speaks to me when I spend time just praying in the spirit

e.g. Praying for someone, walking in the shopping mall, running

d)   Don’t run after prophetic words; rather let the prophetic words confirm what God has already said to you.

e)   Always ask; is there anything that I must do?

3. Just Do It

(Joshua 1:8 NKJV) - "(8) "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

a)   Don’t question, if it’s a good thing, it has to be God.

b)   If it’s a neutral thing that could either be good or bad, speak to another Christian with wisdom (known for making good and right decisions)

c)   Consistency is the key to being a doer of the word – it becomes easier to hear and easier to do (running analogy – the more I run the more I want to run, when I stop for a while….so difficult to get started again.)

Let’s not fool ourselves – it takes great courage to do God’s will. The further we go in Him, the more difficult it becomes, but with it…..the rewards are greater too. (analogy – Comrades Marathon – you build up to it – obedience in the small things adds up to the big thing)

(Joshua 1:3-4, 9 NKJV) - "(3) "Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. (4) "From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. ... (9) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God [is] with you wherever you go.""

4. Conclusion

a)   What has God told you……is God telling you to do?

b)   Think carefully…..you probably will not move to the next step until you do what God has told you

c)   It might be as simple as forgiving someone from your heart.
 


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