Work the Word

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"My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you" (Prov. 3:1-2, NKJV).

God's Word is so powerful. His living Word is life-giving and life-changing. God's Word reveals God's world. When we understand what God says, we comprehend who He is. Everything documented in the Bible has a purpose. There are no idle sentences. Pointless phrases do not exist in the Creator's vocabulary. These Holy Scriptures are the means to a long, peaceful life.

Anxiety, fear, stress, worry—freedom from that perpetual knot in your stomach and tension headache are available and accessible to you through the knowledge of the Word of God. When the Holy Spirit reveals the things of God through His written Word, we become empowered. Our understanding becomes more than a theological education; we are filled with wisdom of application, timing and insight. Coupled with enemy-destroying might, those roughly 770,430 words (NKJV) are your entire toolbox but you must properly use the right tool for the right job.

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does" (James 1:22-25).

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Carlos Rivera, pastor, author, speaker, host of Walking in the Spirit podcast and founder of Frontline Men's Ministry, was raised in Chicago. Rivera worked for Fortune 500 companies before a radical encounter with Jesus changed his course. Carlos and his wife, Rosalinda, are associate pastors at New Life Outreach Church in Richmond, Virginia. They work side by side as executive directors of New Life for adults and youth, helping young men and women get free from substance abuse and other life-controlling problems. The Riveras have been happily married since 1995 and have three children. Carlos ministers worldwide, including Africa, Peru, Brazil and the Dominican Republic, with his family. Carlos is passionate about inspiring and equipping the church to get out of the four walls and into our communities to win the lost for Christ.

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