Would you like to apply biblical principles in everyday life? Have you ever tried to apply what you read in the Bible in your day-to day life? You know what you should be doing, and you try your best….but….no results. You pray, but it feels like your prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling. How can you apply Biblical principles in everyday life and see results?
Biblical Principles: The Difference between Knowing and Doing.
It is good to know the Word of God and what His Word says. To know what you should do is great, but to actually do what you should be doing is not so easy. Physically doing what God’s Word says, applying Biblical principles, needs faith. Do you really believe what you read in the Bible? If you do, stop trying to do what you think you should do and start applying your faith. When you apply your faith, you stop trying and you start doing. And you expect to see results.To apply your faith, stop trying and start doing. Click To Tweet
You will never be able to do what you know you should do in your own power. Learn about your true identity in Christ and who you are in Him.
I recently heard someone saying “you may know the Bible, but that doesn’t mean you know the God of the Bible”. There is much truth in that statement. You can read the Bible from beginning to end; you can know it back to front and quote scriptures all day long. You still need to develop a personal relationship with God and learn to trust Him. Believe what the Word says and make it your own. You need to have faith and apply your faith by acting in faith. That is when that knowledge will turn into power – God’s power.
There is only one way of doing it, and that is by spending time with God. Study God’s Word. This will show you His will for your life and you will grow an intimate relationship with the Lord. You will learn that He has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) and that you can walk and live under His protection 24/7 (Psalm 91).
The Bible – read as it is written, believe as it is written, do as it is written, then you will receive as it is written. ~ F. Bjork
One way you can learn about this lifestyle is by learning more about the armor of God.
Wear the Armor of God Daily.
In Ephesians 6 you can find a description of the armor of God and its purpose. Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV) says “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Our main enemy is the devil. He is the father of lies and he is a master of deception. He will try to get into your mind and cause you to doubt and fear. But you don’t have to tolerate that any longer.
Let’s Look at the Armor of God – Piece by Piece:
The Belt of Truth:
If you hold to the teachings of Jesus, you will know the truth. If the devil tries to convince you that you are a failure and you have no future, you can tell him to take a hike. You can say out loud that God says in Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “
When you get tormented with fear because of all the violence in the world, you can stand on God’s promise of protection. Psalm 91:11-12 says “11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Read the whole Psalm 91.
Healing, protection, wisdom, finances; God covers every single aspect of your life in the Bible. Make the Word of God final authority in your life. It doesn’t matter what it looks like or feels like in the natural. Find out what God’s Word says and that settles it. What the Word says is truth. When your physical circumstances doesn’t line up with the Word, pray the Word over your circumstances. Then take your stand in faith until it lines up with the Word.
In John 8:31-32 (NIV) Jesus says “31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness:
“….with the breastplate of righteousness in place…” – (verse 14 – last part). We have been delivered from sin when Jesus paid the ultimate price for us.
Through faith in Jesus Christ, you receive righteousness. Romans 3:22-24 (NIV) says “This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.“
There is no need to torment yourself about your past. You have been cleansed and you can walk in righteousness. Does that mean you will never sin again? No, but Jesus already paid for our sins. That doesn’t give as permission to do as we please. But when you do make mistakes, you can repent and ask for forgiveness. Accept your forgiveness, forgive all other people who have wronged you, and continue to walk in the righteousness which has been given to you.
The way to do this is to do what Romans 12:2 (NIV) says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This is a never-ending, daily process.
The Gospel of Peace:
“…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” – (verse 15). You should walk in peace.
Fear and anxiety will come. It will try to get a foothold in your life. But you do not have to accept it. Find out what God says about your situation in His Word. Then you do what James 4:7 says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Once that is done Philippians 4:7 (NIV) says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Shield of Faith:
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – (verse 16).
The only way to develop your faith is meditating on the Word of God. Romans 10:7 (NIV) say “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
But how do you apply your faith? Apply your faith by praying, speaking and doing. Pray the will of God (which is found His Word), then speak His Word (out loud) into your life. Then act according to your words in faith. You should expect to see results. There is no room for doubt. James 1:6-7 (NIV) says “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
The Helmet of Salvation:
“Take the helmet of salvation…” – (verse 17). A helmet goes onto your head. That means you should think like a Christian. Think like God thinks. The only way to do this is to know His will. At the same time, a helmet will provide protection.
Your thinking has an impact on every aspect of your life. Realize that it is not about your ability. It is not about your works. It is about grace and about God working through you. You are not on your own. If you have faith in God and make His Word final authority, you are not alone. He will even send his angels to minister to you (Hebrews 1:14), because you wear the helmet of salvation.
- The Sword of the Spirit
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”, (last part of verse 17).
In the book of Hebrews the word of God is also referred to as a sword. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
The spoken word of God has a similar effect in the spiritual realm as a sword would have in the physical. A physical weapon can be destructive and cause havoc when it falls into the wrong hands. Just the same, a weapon can be used for protection and to provide safety and maintain peace.
Words can be extremely hurtful and cause destruction when used in an abusive way. Yet, the word of God can be used (spoken) to bring peace, calmness, protection, healing and much more.
I highly recommend watching this video by Joyce Meyer.
Knowing the Word Is Not Enough.
Knowing the Word is good, but it’s not enough. You have to meditate on the Word, speak the Word and apply the Word.
Mark 11:22-25 (NIV) says”22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Speak to your situation and speak God’s Word over it. When you are alone, speak God’s Word over your life. You often speak to yourself anyway….lol. Instead of grumbling by yourself about how frustrated you are with all your debt, start saying “I owe no man anything but love”. Announce to yourself “the Lord shall meet all my needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus”. Then take action by creating a budget and stick to it. Ask God for wisdom to help you develop a debt reduction plan. Pay off your debt as soon as possible and stop using your credit cards on stuff you don’t need.
You Can Only Deal with Other People’s Problems Once You Have Dealt with Your Own
Learn how to use God’s no. 1 weapon – His Word to solve any problem in your life.
But isn’t this being selfish or self-centered? Shouldn’t we be humble and pray for the needs of others?
Yes, we should reach out to others and take care of the widows and the orphans. But have you ever been a passenger on a plane? Have you noticed the instructions before departure? In case of an emergency, do not try to assist someone else unless you have successfully fitted your own oxygen mask first.
You cannot give what you haven’t got. And believe me, when the results start showing in your own life, people will start asking about it. I have recently written a post called ‘Why You Want to Be a Hero’ on Empowerment Moments Blog. It shows the impact your life and your actions have on people you come in contact with. These might be immediate family members or even total strangers.
I hope this post has encouraged you to not only know what the Bible says, but to start applying it in everyday life.