James 1:22, 25 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves… But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Notice in this passage that God connects the blessing of God with the doing of the Word. That is what faith is. Faith is not a shrine or something to talk about and think about; it is an act—doing the Word, regardless of what it feels like or looks like
It’s a sad thing to me that so many Christians are seeking a feeling or sensation of some kind in order to know what they are to do.
In John 2 at the wedding in Cana where Jesus’ first miracle took place, did you notice that Jesus did not have any kind of feeling or sensation before He performed this miracle? In fact, He was pulled into it by His mother, but the key to this miracle was what His mother told the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Sometimes when we look at this story we get a mental image of a few water pots like we use today, but that was not the case. Each of the six water pots contained two or three firkins a piece, which equals out to be about twenty gallons of water per pot, not to mention that these were heavy pots made of stone! And besides that, there was no running water inside the house or a hose of some sort that could be brought to where the pots were. The servants had to take the pots to where the water was so they could fill it. There was work involved in seeing this miracle come to pass, and the work didn’t rest on Jesus alone. It took cooperation with what He said to do, and then doing it. In the end, provision was made for the people at this wedding.
This is a beautiful story of simply being a doer of the Word, and if you want to experience miracles and provision in your life like we see here, then it takes cooperation on our part to do what the Word says to do.
In thinking about my own life and journey of faith, I didn’t start out sowing large amounts of money like I desired to. Phyllis and I started out sowing quarters, stamps, pies, and whatever else precious seed we could find. The Word said that if we would sow, we would reap. So we took that literally—we sowed, and we reaped; and we continue to work this process simply because we are doers of the Word.
You get it in your heart to do big things, but you’ve got it in your hand do what ever is in your hand. So you do what you can with what you’ve got, knowing that what you do will produce.
I remember when we lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I was attending Rhema Bible Training Center. There was a couple that we became friends with who would hold Bible studies in their home. When Phyllis found out about it, she purposed in her heart to sow into those ministers and plant seed into that Bible study. Well, we didn’t have any extra money to give, but the Lord put it on her heart to sow what she could. So, she would make cherry pies and take it to them as her seed.
Years later we were attending a meeting of Brother Kenneth E. Hagin, my spiritual father, in Miami, Florida. After the morning meeting, we went to lunch at a very nice restaurant with the Hagins and a large group of other ministers. When everyone had finished eating, I asked for the check to pay for everyone’s meal.
I was so thankful to be able to do that because I love to give and bless others, but my giving didn’t start there. We were faithful to give and sow what we had – cherry pies – and God blessed us like He said He would to the point that we could do the big things that were in our hearts. And it came simply by starting where we were with what we had, being doers of the Word.
When you get a prompting to do something, just do it, knowing that God has something on the other side of the equation. Don’t question it, and don’t give yourself time to talk your way out of it. Whatever He says to you, do it!