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Hide the Word in Your Heart

Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

profileThe more we know the Word of God – the more useful a tool it will be for us in our spiritual journey.  That is one reason I asked people to bring their Bibles with them on Sunday mornings instead of using the pew Bibles.  The more you use your Sword (your Bible) the more useful that tool becomes to you – so we encourage people to bring their Bibles to church and to follow along (and keep the pastor on track).  Today you can read your Bible on your smart phone/data device and even follow along on YouVersion.com and leave yourself notes on the sermons (on our live events).

Reading and storing up the Word of God in your heart/mind is so important.  Jesus resisted the Devil when he tempted Him by quoting the Word of God.  Think about it.  Mathew 4:1-11 – 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Proverbs 2:1-5 – 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Putting the Word in our hearts is so significant.

Colossians 3:16 – 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.

Read the Bible daily (you can get a daily reading on www.youversion.com – I’m reading one of the Bible in a year plans and I’m also reading through James and 1 Peter for our new Bible studies starting on September 17th. I encourage you to pick a plan and follow it daily.  Read the Word of God and put it deep in your heart!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 12, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. The motto of the earliest American Methodists was “Spread Scriptural Holiness throughout the Land.” That’s still a good practice for all Christians. The founder of Methodism, Rev. John Wesley, said he was “a man of one Book.” It’s important for us to read and study the Bible and to wield the Sword daily. How can we practice a faith in daily life if we do not consult the Owner’s Manual? Thank you, Ray, for your timely and wise words.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | September 13, 2013 | Reply


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