How to Be The Doer Of The Word
Are you striving to be a doer of the Word? Have you heard messages encouraging you to do more? Are you struggling to fulfill the call to be a doer of the Word?
I researched many teachings on James 1:22 that we are to be doers of the Word. Each one stresses what we must do to gain favor with God. The list is long and unending. We can never DO enough.
The original text uses the same root word for ‘doer’ as the word ‘works’ in James 2:26. The ‘doing’ is believing. When you approach the Word in faith, believe God cannot lie, believe that His Word is yes and amen, and that He will perform what He has promised, you are a doer of the Word.
What It Means To Be The Doer Of The Word
Faith without works is dead. Faith without belief is dead. This is the action part. Believing the Word is our ‘doing.’ The same root word is used for works and doer of the Word. Our faith is the action. Our belief is our action.
It is not what we are physically doing to gain God’s favor or grace. It is our faith. Our belief is our works. Our ‘doing’ is our faith.
Therefore, you must recognize the difference between the two covenants. The new covenant is about right believing, whereas the old covenant is about right doing.
The new covenant is about the power of speaking well but the old covenant is about the power of working well.
You exercise your faith when you believe that He will perform what He has promised.
To build our faith and become a doer of the Word we must meditate on the Word as described in Joshua 1:8 which tells us to meditate on the Word of God and not allow it to depart from our mouth. This is the recipe for success in life.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Meditate On God's Word
The word meditate here refers to a cow chewing his cud. The cow chews his food and swallows it, brings it up again, and chews on it some more. When we approach God’s Word like this, we read it, ponder it, think about it, and then do it all again. We go over it until we gain an understanding of the passage we are reading.
The next portion of this verse is crucial. It says that it shall not depart out of your mouth. This is how we learn to hear the voice of God. We speak the Word.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. We read it, we speak it, we hear it. It is a process to get the Word into our inner person – our heart.
Our intent should be that we will hear God’s voice when we are meditating on His Word. When you meditate on the scripture, you need to realize that God will speak to you through His Word. He will make it come alive in your heart. You are hearing God’s voice speaking to you through His Word.
Doer Of The Word
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall” Matthew 7:24-27.
We are a doer of the Word when we exercise our faith – and no matter what happens, to stand firmly on God’s Word and His promises.
We are doers by extending our faith. That is our part. Jesus did the rest.
See yourself in the middle of God’s Word and His promises to you.
Jesus was punished so you could be forgiven.
Jesus was wounded so you might be healed.
Jesus took the curse so you could receive the blessing.
Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness we might be made righteous.
We need to declare it. We need to make it a prayer of thanksgiving to our Father for what He has done. If we do not declare – it is not ours. Make it personal. Do not be just a hearer of the Word, but a doer also.
Be The Doer Of The Word
Remember how powerful your words are. Romans 10:8 tells us that the word of faith is near you – in our mouths and our hearts. Notice that it is FIRST in your mouth and then it is in your heart.
We read it. We meditate on it. We repeat it. We chew on it for a while. We pray that answer back to our Father as He has promised it to us. It then becomes alive, and nothing can rob it from us.
Thank God for His Word. Thank Him for the understanding of His Word. Thank Him that you are forgiven, healed, righteous, full of the life of God, and that God took the curse so you might receive the blessing.
Thank Him that He has made a provision for you in whatever area you need it in your life. Thank Him that Jesus bore our guilt and shame so we might share His glory.
Thank Him that He endured our rejection so we might enjoy His acceptance.
When you look in the mirror – see the negative and reject it. Get rid of it. Then see the positive and confess it in a prayer of thanksgiving to God. Declare that His Word and His promises are for you.
“His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature” 2 Peter 1:3-4.