Jesus explained in Matthew 7:24-27 that there are two types of people in the world; those who are wise and the foolish. He likens “a wise man who built his house on the rock” to “everyone who hears these words of mine and does them” (7:24). There is another part of Jesus’ teaching that is equally important to hearing His Word and putting them into practice. The storms or the test will come to see if we mix what we have heard with faith that motivates obedience. If the Word is not combined with faith, it will not be put into practice. Hebrews illustrates this by using Israel; “For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened” (Hebrews 4:2).
More than ever before, the tests are coming to all of us and they are revealing whether we truly believe in the authority of Scripture or we obey only as far as we want to. After Jesus gave this simple childlike teaching, the Bible says that “He was teaching them as One who had authority, and not as their scribes” (7:29). This is one of the problems today all over the world. Often, we teach the Word, but those who hear want to make allowance or expectation for not applying or putting the Word into practice. The Word is not mixed with faith.
James is very clear on this point. “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:22–24). It is possible that we have grown into the habit of thinking we are obedient to the Word when in fact we make excuses for not, or simply forgetting so quickly what the Word said to us. This happens because we really do not believe the authority in the Word.
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