Doing what we hear: Putting into practice what we hear is foundational to being a disciple.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
• Praise God for who He is
• Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
• Allow His Spirit to draw you near
• Listen as He speaks to you
• Openness to see areas of growth in one’s life and willingness to confront them
• Patience in dealing with stubborn habits.
• Focus and reflect on how God has changed your actions in the past and celebrate how you are following Jesus more closely
• Look at the Bible and the life of Jesus as an adventure in change, not a burden.
• A receptivity to honest affirmations and challenges to one’s character
• Courage to live how Jesus lived, even if you don’t understand why
• Apologetic hearts for when we fail to live according the God’s desire for our lives and the tragic effects they may have on others.
• Find new and invigorating ways to remember new insights and ways to implement them
• When inspired by teaching, reading or experience, discover how we are alive from it
• Thank God for hearing you
• Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will
2 Corinthians 3:17-18