Practice & Preach
Preach & Practice
Practice what you preach by preaching what you practice.
Everybody going through a test of 🔥 fiery trials while trying to obey God, knows how much you wanna just blow up, stomp, and burst open with: “It’s easier said than done!” Or a “So why don’t you do it this way or that way.”
We will all go through it, until we give up our selfish, pitiful, proud, wrathful, unforgiving, jealous, guilty, self-hating complaints of the flesh and recall that all that we do, if it is good and biblical, we do it for God, every work we do, whether light or whether draining and slave-like, is ultimately to be a light for God.
Now on the matter of this subject, practicing and preaching, let’s first talk about practicing:
Practicing is what you do, how you live, what you say, how you obey God, how you submit to those being used by God as vessels to direct you, how you read God’s word and ask Him for understanding while doing so, to even begin to know whether or not others are even directing you in the right and biblical direction ( no one said take directions blindly, read God’s Word to make sure your guide isn’t misinterpreting the map so to speak,) if things don’t make sense don’t sit there unsettled in doubt and try to be ok with it (its an awfully confusing and unnecessary thing, considering God has all the answers,) keep praying, seek, ask, knock, God can answer.
Matthew 7:7-12New International Version
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
So in practicing.. when you obey God’s rules in the Bible beyond just the ten commandments..Should you just do a loosey goosey job of following His rules. Like oop didnt murder anyone, mmhmm I do not fornicate, Uhh I never steal, I’m pretty cool to my neighbors, I said hi one time, I gave some money in the offering plate, uhh married, good got my life together, working hard earning the green to pay the bills, I’m a saint, gonna sit next to Christ in heaven.
These things are important, but let’s get a little griddier, God says if you look at another woman that is NOT your wife, as to even have a passion for her you have already commited adultery in your heart.. GOD IS JUST THAT HOLY.
Think about it, the last time you let your mind wander in a thought that was not holy and was not clean or was not healthy or was not of the Spirit or was not wholesome, or sparked hatred, what happened?.. You probably either actually went out and commited a sin because you kept entertaining yourself with an illegal thought for your own pleasure or pity or pride, fear, or selfishness, and/or the illegal thought caused tension, maybe a fight, maybe wrath, maybe ungodly destruction.
Don’t ever entertain an ungodly thought, it’s the worst virus in existence, a thought entertained that is not biblically sound.
Shut down that illegal thought immediately, and get up and grab your ‘sword’ the bible, open it, and read it, while praying, and destroy that thought. Use your full armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18New International Version
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Our obedience to God is meant to be done with our whole heart, our whole mind, and our whole soul, if we practice God’s word like we fling around an old dirty mop while cleaning a floor and never deep clean, down on our knees scrubbing till our fingers bleed and the floor shines like a mirror, how will we ever get closer to a HOLY (clean and perfect) God ( We won’t. If we don’t..If we are filt-ridden, and unwilling to clean up right, we’ll never ever begin to understand what holiness actually means and why it’s super important to God’s heart and feelings.)
Same thing goes for preaching.
We are here as vessels for God’s work, for the spreading of the Word of the Gospel and the Hope of His kingdom. If we practice, practice, practice God’s Word, well excellent. But now speak it, because your fellow believers already know you go to church, but we aren’t just there to bring our fellow believers to God, we need to bring hope of salvation to others around us. And if we don’t open our mouth to say what we need to say, no one reads minds, if we don’t speak the words others are suffocating to hear, or write a letter, or shoot someone a text, how will they ever even know what we stand for.
You cannot hoard the joy God’s Word brings, the only way to get joy out of God’s Word is to share it (so contrast to the lies of the self-centered world).
Preaching though like practicing, is not meant to be done loosey goosey either, you don’t just go yell about God, or speak bible verses like plop plop plop my job is done, ( similar to planting seeds, you actually make an effort to plant the seeds in the dirt, water, and care, and let the love of God work***, you do it with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind too, not just throw the seeds on the dirt and pray they get planted. We have been taught how to plant effectively by other people who in the beginning were told by God how to do so).
1st Cor. 13
If I speak in the tongues a of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, b but do not have love, I gain nothing.
And lastly preaching and practicing are inseparable, though we make mistakes and will never be perfect, if we preach against pride we should be able to own up to our mistakes and humbly admit them, if we preach against selfishness and love of money, we had better be striving to serve everyone in need as God puts it on our hearts and doing so while not neglecting our own family nor the sheep being shepherded in a church. If we preach against lust, we had better be keeping our own thoughts in check, if we preach against hatred, we had better not go and eat someone alive with vicious words, if we speak of forgiveness, the idea that Christ died on the ✝ to pay for our sins so that we may be forgiven, we had better stop blaming and bringing up the past( keeping record of wrongs). God sent His son to pay a horrible price for everything we have done and would ever do wrong. We must give each other grace as God gives us so so so so much grace for the super dumb things everyone does every single day, we hardly have suffered for every little thing we have done wrong because God is gracious.
2 Corinthians 11New International Version
Paul and the False Apostles
. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with iteasily enough.
1st Cor 11. ( A false apostle is essentially a hypocrite)
5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”[a] 6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.7 Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitfulworkers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
1st Cor 13:4-8 are commandments too:
blaming, bringing up the past, pride, are sins too that can easily cause things to explode and get way out of hand
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath…
As we grow in sanctification to be more and more like Christ, you cannot bring up the past because a person may have already repented and grown, change is possible when a heart truly seeks God.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities
Thus we should not compare each other to decide who is holier because blessings nor sufferings serve as a scale to measure who is a less of a sinner, we all fall short of the holiness of God.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We are ALL equally capable of drawing closer and closer to God no matter what our circumstances or who we are. It all begins with humility, and obedience to the Lord out of fear and love for God, and just a mustard seed of Faith ( that will grow and grow into the biggest tree you’ve ever seen as you continue to obey and overcome, overtime), and His gift of the Holy Spirit.
Now the purpose of this article is not to be ‘legalistic’ or make anyone feel as though we are judged according to our works, there is so much grace, and God is so forgiving. But recall that we should not sin that grace may abound. The purpose of this article is to wake us up to realize that God spits out lukewarm Christians ( Rev 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.) If you havent had joy while in a fire, you’re conforming to the world or other lies, and are in need of striving further to more closely obey God’s WORD. Only God gives joy in trials. It is POSSIBLE!