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"Igniting the Word of God"

Date published: 05/02/2016
Proverbs 4:13 “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” (NIV)  

   The average follower of Christ underestimates the importance of Scripture in his/her life. He may hold it up as important, but his use shows its lack of importance. This verse ends with “it is your life.” Those four words should have deep impact on every follower of Christ. Imagine a doctor prescribing a medicine saying that taking it would mean the difference between life and death? Most people would without fail take the medicine as prescribed. Believing in the importance of Scripture in your life should motivate you to stridently consume the Word.  

   Now let’s flip the equation. If diligently following and holding onto the Word gives you life, would it not hold true that going deeper into the Word might also take you deeper into the heart of God?  Going deeper into and experiencing more of God should be a powerful motivator for Christians. Following God’s commands not only offers great protection, wisdom, and direction, but also opens your life to more of God’s work.  Deuteronomy 8:1, 3b reiterates the life and success you will experience by obeying and reading God’s Word as it  reveals the absolute sustenance of God’s Word, “Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”(NIV) God’s Word becomes your nourishment because of its powerful nature to touch and change lives. God is able to pour His life into you because the walls of your old nature are coming down as God’s Word penetrates, convicts, and changes your heart through the Holy Spirit. Anytime this happens, you are going deeper into God’s heart.  

   Make God’s Word not an optional encounter, but the food of your life. Read it not for titillation of the mind, but for transformation of your heart. Obey it not out of duty, but out of desire for more of the living Christ. As Christ captivates your life through His Word, become a spigot for the Holy Spirit to spill over into the lives of others. 

Psalm 19:7-10 “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (NIV) 

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