In this era of technological advances and social media, one of the common questions that has become part of the modern vernacular, when discussing virtually anything at all has been; “Is there an App for that?”
Meaning is there a phone application or program for that particular issue that’s being discussed. On my phone I have all kinds of apps from the weather info, banking, spirit level, sleep monitor, games, calculator and my favourite; the Bible.
Through the Apple Computer revolution of the ipod/iphone, there’s virtually an app for almost everything from trivial to more functional and informative ones.
In the same way the Bible contains life applications for virtually every situation in life. Whether it’s an issue of relationships, stewardship, work ethics or salvation, the Bible has something to say about it.
For example; a Christian may be confronted with the decision to have a tattoo or not. The Bible doesn’t mention the word tattoo but it does say in Leviticus 19:28 – Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
What about gossip? There’s an app for that…
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. (Prov 11:13)
Others may ask; “How can I be saved?” There’s an app for that….
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
The Bible has a lot to say about the diverse issues of life but they are merely ink on paper, just words if they are NOT applied. These are application principles in God’s Word but they must be applied and enacted upon if we are to experience the power of God’s Word.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 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. (James 1:22-25)
You want to be blessed? Apply the Word.
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.