Teaching yourself 
"Thou, therefore, which teachest another, teachest thou, not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?" Romans 2:21

Many of us are quick at teaching others without teaching ourselves! We are good at leading others without leading ourselves. We try to show or teach others to do what is right without doing what is right. 

Are we not a bunch of hypocrites or pretenders, like the Pharisees? We tell others not to do wrong things but we are at the forefront of doing wrong things. 

Why must we tell people not to steal, but we steal? Why must we instruct them not to commit adultery, but we are guilty of adultery? Are we not bringing shame to our God or blaspheming His name among unbelievers? 

The Bible says, "For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written." Romans 2:24

We can teach ourselves if we dare do the following:
1. Follow the example of Jesus
"For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."
John 13:15

In the book of Acts1:1, Jesus Christ was first a doer before becoming a teacher! Let's determine to follow His example of doing before teaching. We become credible teachers when we do what we teach or preach! 

2. Follow the example of a mentor
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1

Do you have a credible mentor? Does he or she follow in the footsteps of Christ? If yes, then follow their example. It is profitable to follow a practitioner of the Word and not just a preacher of the Word!

3. Be a doer
"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 1:25

By all means, determined to be a doer of the word of God. Your blessing is in your doing, not in your hearing!

4. Be God-fearing
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13

If you are God-fearing, you're most likely going to teach yourself to do what is right before teaching others.

5. Trust in the strength of Christ 
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
You should not trust in your power or effort! The Bible says, "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." 1 Corinthians 2:5

Your human efforts may fail you. As such, it is proper to engage the strength of Christ in faith. For without Him you can do nothing!

I decree and declare that you may profit maximally from teaching yourself in Jesus mighty name!

Yours sincerely,
Joe jesimiel Ogbe

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