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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hide it in Your Heart

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

Sunday our preacher challenged us to get into God's Word even more, by memorizing scriptures.  He talked about the "Armor of God" and the sword, which is the Word.....God's Word.....that will give us what we need to fight in the battle against Satan.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

As the end of 2012 comes, and the new year begins soon, many people will make resolutions.  These resolutions often have to do with the Bible:  Reading it through in a year, reading it every day, or maybe as Ken's challenge suggested, memorize more scriptures throughout the year.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105

As Christians, we need God's Word in our lives.  We need to be able to use it to fight against Satan and the evil in the world.  But we can't use it if we don't know it.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9

Followers of God will want to know what His Word has to say.  We will be eager to read it and to learn it.  Or we should be.....

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
Psalm 119:37

You and I can't rely on someone else to read God's Word for us.  We can go to Bible class.  We can listen to sermon after sermon.  We can even teach children about the Bible.  But unless we're actually reading it and studying it for ourselves, we will never grow and mature as God wants us to.  We will never become more like Jesus without reading about how Jesus lived.  We can know about Him, but we won't come to know Him personally.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

God's Word - the Bible - is truth.  It is the ONLY source of what is really truth and what is really right. It has all of the answers we need about any subject.  We don't need any other self-help books.  The Bible is all we really need.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22

People in other countries must risk their lives to read their Bible.  They have to sneak around and hide to get together to study God's Word.  Yet we in America have it right in our homes and neglect it.  Why?  Because we in American have too much stuff.  We're too busy.  We want to be  entertained.  How sad.  So often we don't realize the treasure we have in God's Word!

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

His Word is all we need.  Do you believe that?

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

So true! Not a huge challenge, but with my Core group girls, the last couple years I have chosen one memory verse for the school year that we say together each Sunday. I hope it gets stuck in their heads and remains with them!

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