Practice, Practice, Practice and the Subsequent Promise

Paul the Apostle made an eye-opening statement resulting into a promise that many of us are desperately wanting in our lives.  Philippians 4 verse nine is not a popular verse but one that is dynamic, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  This is not an intermittent peace.  This is an abiding peace.

In John 8:31-32, Jesus made a similar proclamation, “31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word (practice My word), then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.  In other words, if you put His word into practice like Paul stated, “the God of peace will be with you…the truth will make you free.”

John stated in chapter 15 of his gospel, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you (practice My word in your personal life), ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.  Practice His word and the God of peace will reside with you.

One more “electric” biblical passage and we will call it a day.  Notice how Matthew states the impact of practicing His word in our lives in chapter 7, 24 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. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Practice, practice, practice His word in the moment-by-moments of life, and the God of peace will be with you!

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