HIDE GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART

Daily Devotional: Day 8

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I  might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11, KJV) 

God’s Word must not just be information in your head. God wants to transform you with his Word. To do this, his Word must abide in your heart. The Hebrew word – tsaphan – translated “hide” means to consciously conceal or treasure something. If God’s Word matters to you, you’ll store it in your heart as a treasure. This is important, because when you store God’s Word in your heart, it penetrates and saturates your spirit. Your heart will be healthy before God. And a changed heart is a changed life. You’ll begin to think, speak and act like your Father in heaven. Some people memorize the Bible from cover to cover. They can tell you everything you need to know about its content. Yet, it’s all in their head. You can tell, because their life is not transformed by the Word they’ve memorized.

Memorizing God’s Word has its benefits. Transformation isn’t one of them. Think about it: Anyone can memorize the Bible. You don’t need to be a Christian to memorize it. It’s a simple intellectual exercise. However, your relationship with your Father is more than that. Your relationship with the Father is a love affair; it’s an exercise in transformation. Transformation occurs when you meditate on God’s Word and  receive  it into your heart as a treasure – allowing the Word to govern your will, emotions and decisions. The Word of God will ignite in you love for the Father and his commands. At the same time, the living Word in your heart will keep you from sinning. You see, God’s Word is power. When you store it in your heart, you’re accumulating divine power and divine wisdom. It’s just a matter of time before you notice in your life the fruit of righteousness, peace, love and joy. Learn from Job; he said, “I have esteemed the words of his [God’s] mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Now you know what to do . . .

Prayer

Daddy, thank you for your living Word. Enabled by your Spirit’s anointing over me, I’m storing your Word in my heart as my treasure. I’m excited about the transformation your Word is creating in my life. Glory to you now and forever, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 For further study: 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Matthew 13:18-23

Pastor Steve

Charis Temple (non-denominational church)

Email: charristemple@gmail.com

 

 

 

Don’t TRY to Do the Word. DO the Word.

 

Daily Devotional: Day 5

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22, KJV).

Doing something and trying to do something aren’t the same thing. Yes, there’s a big difference; words have meaning. God’s desire is for you to walk in wisdom and integrity by meditating on his Word and putting it into practice. In today’s Scripture passage, James exhorts us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), but that’s not all. To produce fruit, God wants you to do his Word. Change happens when you do what the Word tells you. Mary instructed the servants at the wedding in Cana, “Whatsoever he [Jesus] saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). With God, you can’t try; you can only do or not do. God doesn’t say you should try to do his Word. He doesn’t ask you to try to honor your parents. He says, “Honor your parents.” He doesn’t tell you to try to be holy; he says, “Be holy.” Notice also that God didn’t try to save you; he saved you. And Jesus doesn’t try to love you; he loves you.

Your Father in heaven is decisive in his thoughts and decisions. It’s not in his nature to try; it’s in his nature to do or not do. You possess his divine character in you. Now he wants you to approach life with his attitude. Train yourself, therefore, to be a doer of God’s Word. That’s the only way to express the God-character in you. Trying is a fine excuse for those planning to fail. Yes, some people plan to fail unknowingly. When things don’t work out, their go-to excuse is, “I tried” or “I’m trying.” Trying doesn’t accomplish anything; doing does. There’s no traffic sign I know that says, “TRY TO STOP,” or “TRY TO YIELD.” Imagine what would happen if traffic signs included the word “try.” Remove “try” from your vocabulary, and replace it with “do.” Remember that when you’re truly trying something, it means you’re truly not doing it. And when you’re truly doing what must be done, then you don’t need to try. Trying is for the uncommitted; doing is for the committed. Be decisive. Don’t try your best; unleash your best.  That’s God’s will for you.

Confession:

Daddy, I bless your name! You’re not trying to love me. You love me. Thank you for opening my eyes to the truth. Trying is not for me. I can do all things through you who strengthen me. Therefore, in the Name of Jesus my Lord and Savior, I reject the spirit of confusion and vagueness. My mind is sound and I’m focused. As I commit to your Word, I’m going from glory to glory. Amen.

For further study: Joshua 1:7-8; John 12:46-50

Pastor Steve

Charis Temple (non-denominational church)

Email: charristemple@gmail.com