Monday, March 31, 2014

practice makes perfect

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”  Matthew 7:24
The purpose of learning truth is so that it can be used. Unused truth expires and becomes stale. When we hear truth and put it into practice, we are wise. When we hear truth and ignore its application, we are foolish. Foolish is the man who acknowledges truth outwardly but never applies it inwardly. His foundation for faithfulness is fragile, so when the winds of adversity swirl and blow, his character collapses under the crushing power.

Someone may show up for Bible study or attend a  retreat, conference, or worship service and hear truth but never change for the better. How can this be? This happens when people do not follow through with what they know to be right and true. There is a disconnect between their head and their heart. The discipline to stop bad habits and start new ones is rationalized away with convincing excuses. We deceive ourselves by saying, “I don’t have enough time,” “I am not spiritual enough,” “I will get around to this one day,” or “God will understand if I wait.”

John described self-deception’s affect on truth: “We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” see 1 John 1.  Truth and deception can never coexist. So, jettison deception and apply truth now. If we wait, we will wander from its application. Right now is the wisest time to receive His gift of grace and to engraft it into our life. We are responsible for the truth we have received. Therefore, steward it wisely. Use it before you lose it, and become a practitioner of truth.

Come worship with us at 1740 Kirby Rd. McLean Va. Sundays at 10:45am, and starting May 3rd Saturdays at 6:30pm.  Also tune into for "Life Notes"  and "Kingdom Impact" with Pastor Brown.  Let's do all we can to grow in Christ.

Rev. Todd A. Brown, Pastor
First Baptist of Chesterbrook
1740 Kirby Rd.  Mclean Va. 22101
Worship with us Sundays at 10:45am
Vision:" Disciples Making a Kingdom Impact"
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