As I sat down years ago to think about how to encourage my “arrows” (See Psalms 127 and this message) to set their heart to study, apply and teach the word of God (Ezra 7:10), I decided to quickly write out some of the promised benefits of their devotion. My prayer is that in reading this blog post, you too will be encouraged to give yourself to the greatest gift (other than God Himself appearing in the person of the Son) that He has ever given us. Philosophers are correct in opining, “until we hear a still more sure word from God, we are forced to trust in only the best opinions of men”.
You don’t read your bible as an intellectual exercise so that you might know facts about God. You read your bible so that you would know one thing – what does my loving heavenly Father say I should do because God is good, His word is true, and He doesn’t make mistakes. You should fear that you would miss out on even one syllable of encouragement or instruction from the One Who “withholds no good thing from those who love Him” (Psalm 84:11).
Every Day tell Him, “I am desperate Father. Instruct me. Teach me in the way that I should go, show me Your way, guide me, give me a heart to desire only what You want for me. Make me believe that in following you I will find my greatest reward.”
What if I told you that the perfect loving sovereign of the universe would speak to you in kindness and love, and direct you and show you how to live.
You would say, “can I get a moment with him?”
Through His perfect Word, in this bible I am giving you, you can have all the time you want. Drink deeply my little one.
7. The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; (your father is not)
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (the example of your father is sometimes suspect)
8. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; (the practices of you Daddy are sometimes wrong)
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. (the instructions of your Daddy may be polluted)
9. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; (God is a leader you can always follow without regret)
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. 10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11MMoreover by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. (I will sometimes make mistakes)
No man is wise who is ignorant of God’s word and no man is uneducated who knows the Bible’s teachings
The man who doesn’t read the bible has no advantage of the man who has no bible.. Apply your whole self to the text…apply the whole text to yourself.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy, share it to be useful
My prayer for you, my vision for your life is that as a result of this Word…
One day you will be able to answer the most complex problems in the world with confidence.
One day you will be able to face the darkest and most difficult of circumstances with hope.
One day you will be sought out by multitudes to provide them comfort, guidance and leadership in their distress and you will be found ready, full of unfailing confidence that you can serve them well.
One day you will be able to stand firm against the passions of your flesh, unwaveringly remaining pure though all around you fall to the irresistible titillations of the moment.
One day you will be able to speak with profound insight, great courage and unwavering boldness while others are uncertain, constantly changing and consumed with the opinions of others.
One day you will be a pillar of strength for a world ready to collapse under the weight of its foolishness.
One day you will be able to stand strong when others crumble.
One day you will speak and others will be fed by the fruit which pours forth from you lips.
One day you will be able to reveal to others what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and you will be able to unveil powerfully truths that have never entered into the hearts of man.
One day you will be able to restore souls, rejoice hearts, enlighten eyes and inform minds with perfection.
One day you will be ready to step up and lead courageously, speak out boldly, stand firm bravely, stay humble continually and serve the One true King nobly.
One day you will be blessed because you will delight yourself in the law of the Lord, and on that law you will meditate day and night.
I am praying that you read it through, pray it in, live it out, and pass it on, all the days of your life.
Todd Wagner | Pastor
Watermark Community Church
p. 214.239.8809 | t. @wordsfromwags
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