Luke 8:18 says, “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Applying God’s Word helps us grow. This is a principle of growth in physical, mental, and spiritual life. For example, a muscle, when exercised, will grow stronger; but an unused muscle will grow weak and flabby. If you are not growing stronger, you are growing weaker; it is impossible for you to stand still. How are you using what God has taught you?
However, I am also reminded that beating myself up is not that way to go. And as my old youth minister would remind me, God’s grace is sufficient for me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) And His mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
Here is a link to a great song, “More to See”