Trying to live the Word is no small task these days, and I imagine it was no less daunting for those that have gone before us. I read one of those scriptures in the Bible that says, if you do this, things will go better, so I do it. That's where the trouble starts.
First thing that happens, I forgot that I'm going to do it. The day goes by, I’m on the way home and remember I didn’t do it. "Well ok", I say to myself, I'll try again tomorrow”. Tomorrow rolls in and I carry this resolve around with me all day. Sometimes it works, but not without a fight.
I pray "God you put this trip on me, now I need your help, please give me the strength, knowledge and wisdom to overcome this".
What happens? Not only do I remember that I'm going to incorporate this into my life, but it seems that I'm hit with a great number of events exposing this very weakness that I'm trying to overcome. Why is that? On my way into work one-day it occurs to me that to gain strength we need to exercise our muscles, and the same principal applies to growing spiritually strong. So, when you ask for strength, standby, because God is going to lay some weights on you. Oh, by the way, if you don't ask for strength guess what happens; nothing, and Satan smiles.
Working my way through Galatians 5:22 and stumble on the very first fruit of the spirit; "Love”. You can read in the bible where we're supposed to love everyone. I ask myself, is that possible. Can I really love everyone? There is this list of people in my head that are among those I would rather not see.
Well who do you think I meet up with within the first two hours of the day? Yes, you guessed it, one of those on the list. Well, thank God there are all sorts of "job aids" in the Bible to keep us from being caught in the junk listed in Galatians 5:19; kind of the flip side of Galatians 5:22.
This is an understatement, but I'm going to say it anyway. There is strength in the Word, and what really makes it that way is being able to walk that walk by absorbing Gods word into our lives.