WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?December 9, 2022
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Proverbs 4:20-22
1. GIVE FIRST PLACE TO THE WORD. Years ago, a baby in our church ended up in the hospital with a flesh-eating bacteria that was causing her to lose tissue fast. It kept getting worse, and the doctor said to her mom and dad, “Your daughter is going to die today.” I met with her parents, who were shaking from the doctor’s words, and said, “Well, that’s what the circumstances are saying. Now, let’s see what God’s Word says.” We found an empty waiting room, opened the Bible, and gave God’s Word first place. That baby came through – healed – and I had the privilege of doing her wedding this year!
2. MEDITATE IN THE WORD. Psalm 1 says are blessed if we meditate on scriptures day and night. God’s Word is the medicine to all our flesh. It’s healing for our marriage, for our finances, for our country. We’re not in denial about what’s going on. We could get caught up in all kinds of things right now. But the main thing is to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). We can trust God with our problems.
3. BE A DOER OF THE WORD. We meditate on the Word and then do what it says (Joshua 1:8). If the Bible says to pray, we pray (Phil 4:8). If it says to forgive, we forgive people. If it says to walk in love, we spend a lifetime crucifying our flesh and being quick to repent and ask forgiveness. When we put God’s Word first through reading and acting on it, we come to know God’s voice and His promptings and can instantly obey.
Pastor Jeff Perry
I am what the Word says I am. I’m a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I’m the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). I bless the Lord. With all that is within me, I bless His holy name. I forget none of His benefits. He pardons all my iniquities; He heals all my diseases; He redeems my life from the pit. He crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion; He satisfies my years with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103:1-5).
To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind.
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