But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:25)
Many Christians are trying to have faith. They are trying to believe. They meet together in services, each one urging the other to do what he's not doing himself.
They use scriptural expressions and high-sounding phrases that have no meaning to their inner consciousness.
One problem is that they are listening to preachers, but they're not digesting what they're saying. They are not doing any original thinking on their own. They are not spending time in the study of God's Word.
They are what the Bible calls "hearers of the Word" and not doers. And that's the reason these people go under when the storms of life come.
Jesus said, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock" (Matt. 7:24-25).
Jesus said that the man who built his house on the sand is the man who heard the Word but didn't do it. But the man who built his house on the rock is the man who heard the Word and did it.
So many people are hearers of the Word and not doers. If you're not a doer of the Word, you don't have any foundation under you. Smith Wigglesworth made a statement: "If you wait until you need faith to get it, you're too late."
That's the reason you need to study the Word for yourself and find out what it says.
Confession : I am a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. I spend time studying God's Word. And I am blessed in every area of my life.
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. www.rhema.org )