“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”
Here are some interesting facts: The four gospels refer to Jesus teaching 43 times, preaching 19 times, and preaching and teaching in the same verse, six times. This indicates that Jesus spent twice as much time teaching as He did preaching. Teaching is the basic building block for making disciples. Jesus was making disciples, not just converts. (Andrew Wommack) The Greek word for “disciple” literally means “a learner,” and indicates “learning by endeavor” or learning by doing—what we would call “on-the-job training.” Isn’t that what Jesus said in John 8:31? “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”
So the question arises again: How do you learn the Word? By putting His Word to work in your life. And, what the Lord has started in you, He will also continue and complete. Here’s where we must cooperate with what God wants to do in our lives. His faithfulness is never in question. Ours may falter here and there, but God will continue to work in us – in you!
“Once He has begun a good work in you, He will bring it about to completion.” Philippians 1:6
Don’t worry about not being where you should be. Don’t feel you’re not going to make it because you’ve failed so many times. Don’t think you haven’t got enough faith to see God move, or that you don’t know enough of His Word. Start where you ARE today. Dig into His Word and start following what He says. He’s already started a good work in you, and He will complete it, so stay the course. Keep learning and doing what He tells you to do.