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Date: October 1

Category: Follow God

Luke 11:28
"But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!"

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiJesus Christ is the Word of God. He wants us to hear Him, obey Him, and practice what He says in our lives. Jesus wants us to be followers of Him. Verse 23 says, "He who is not with Me [siding and believing with Me] is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me [engage in My interest], scatters." There is no middle ground with Jesus. You are either for Him or you're against Him. The decision is really yours to make. It's better to decide to be with Jesus than against Him.

Now as Jesus was teaching the people, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and spoke about how blessed the mother of Jesus must have been to have such a blessed son (verse 27). But then in verse 28, Jesus explains what it really means to be blessed. Jesus said, "Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!" The word, "blessed" comes from the Hebrew word, "ashra," which means happy. The word, "blessing" means a divine anointing or a supernatural gift that God places upon our natural ability, which enables us, as ordinary people, to do extraordinary things through the power of the Holy Spirit. So Jesus says here that blessed are those who hear the Word, obey the Word, and practice the Word. These three elements are very important to remember.

The first step is hearing the Word. It's so important to hear the Word of God because that's how faith comes. In Romans 10:17 it says, "So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself)." So that's why we need to go to church and hear the Word being preached, listen to teaching tapes, watch preaching programs on T.V., but most importantly spend time with God reading His Word for ourselves.

But it doesn't just stop there. Jesus says that we need to obey the Word of God as well. But you can't obey the Word of God if you don't know what the Word says. So first you have to hear the Word of God and read the Scriptures for yourself. Then you have to meditate upon the Word to know how to obey it. There's no way we can benefit from the Word of God if we don't obey it. When a doctor gives you a medication to help you but you decide not to take it, then that medication cannot help you. It's the same with the Word of God. If we don't obey God's Word, we can't reap the benefits of His Word (forgiveness of sins, abundance of life, healing of body and soul, peace in heart, all kinds of prosperity, etc.).

But it's not enough to just hear the Word of God. It's not even enough to obey the Word of God here and there. God wants you and I to practice His Word in our lives continually. Practicing the Word of God is much more than just obeying it now and then. The dictionary difines practice as "performing something habitually and repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill." Practicing the Word of God means obeying His Word on a continual daily basis. My daughter, Sara, is an excellent pianist and it takes her hours of practice to perfect and to keep up her skills. In Hebrews 5:4 we read: "But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law." So for us believers, it is important to make His Word a part of our daily experience and part of our training and lifestyle.

If you read Matthew 7:24-27, you'll notice that right before Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount, He gives a parable about a wise man and a foolish man. The wise man built his house upon the rock, meaning he listened to the Word of God and did what the Word said. But the foolish man built his house upon the sand, meaning he heard the Word of God but he decided not to obey it. When the storms came and the difficulties of life arose, the wise man's house didn't fall down because it was founded on the rock, whereas the foolish man's house fell and it was destroyed completely. So you can see that it's much better to be like the wise man and listen to the Word of God and obey it.

In James 1:22 we read, "But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]." When you and I listen to the Word of God but we do not obey it, then we are only deceiving ourselves. We fall into falsehood, which is the opposite of the Word of God (the truth). So James teaches us to be more than just hearers, but to be doers of the Word of God, practicing it in our daily lives. Jesus says in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven." Very powerful words.

So in order to be blessed, Jesus says that these three elements are essential: hearing the Word, obeying the Word, and practicing the Word. According to Luke 11:28, that's what it really means to be blessed. So today, let us be people who are truly blessed in our lives and let us implement all three of these elements.

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