Spiritual Growth: Apply
Fill Your Life With God’s Word
by Gloria Copeland
Sometimes I think that’s why God chose me to teach about the truth of God’s Word and how to apply it—because I’m simple. When I read the Word of God, I just believe it is speaking to me personally. I don’t worry and fuss and say, “Well, I wish that would work for me, but I don’t think it will because of this or that....” I just expect God to do what He says.
You can do the same thing. You can come to the Word like a little child and say, “Lord, I receive this. I believe Your Word above all and I trust You with my life.” If you will, you’ll never be disappointed.
How can you get that kind of simple, childlike faith? By hearing the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” But you need to know something else: Doubt comes by hearing also. That’s why Jesus said, “Be careful what you are hearing...” (Mark 4:24, The Amplified Bible).
What you’re hearing can be a matter of life and death when you’re dealing with healing. If you’re going to a church, for example, that teaches healing has passed away or that God uses sickness to teach you something—and you keep hearing that Sunday after Sunday—what do you think will grow in your heart? Doubt, not faith.
What you plant inside your heart grows—always. Doubt will grow and keep you bound. Truth will grow and make you free. So be careful what you’re hearing. Listen to the Word of God. As Proverbs 4:21 says, “Let [my words] not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”
Read the Word every day. Make notecards for yourself using scriptures and tape them to your mirror.
Play CDs. Listen to them in your car. Listen to them while you dress in the morning. If you’ll listen to the Word while you’re driving back and forth to work every day, you’ll be surprised how fruitful that time will become. It will change your life. I challenge you to try it!
God’s Words have power in them. When you keep them in the midst of your heart, they become life and healing and health. They’re medicine. God’s medicine.
But beware. People will try to discourage you and keep you from taking that medicine. Don’t let them throw you off track. Instead, just remember this: You don’t live an overcoming life because you’re a fine Christian. No one does. You live an overcoming life because you take the Word of God, and you keep it in front of your eyes. You keep it going into your ears. You keep it in the midst of your heart and you apply it to your life.
You live an overcoming life because you believe God for it, because you talk about it and because you act on it—day after day after day. It’s that simple.