remain on the shelf
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of freedom and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Definition of mix: to (cause different substances to) combine, so that the result cannot easily be separated into its parts:
When the Word of God is spoken, or preached, or read, there has to be a mixing for there to be success. There has to be an incorporating of the Word of God through obedience, through some action.
If a person reads a scripture about prayer, but does not mix the scripture with action and actually pray, then there is a falling short of what is necessary for a satisfactory result.
If a person reads a scripture about tithing, but does not mix the scripture with action, and actually tithe, then the promises of tithing “remain on the shelf” so to speak.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don’t see, and hearing, they don’t hear, neither do they understand. 14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says,
‘By hearing you will hear,
and will in no way understand;
Seeing you will see,
and will in no way perceive;
15 for this people’s heart has grown callous,
their ears are dull of hearing,
and they have closed their eyes;
or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their heart,
and would turn again,
and I would heal them.’
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