Treasuring the Word
INTRODUCTION: One of the great challenges of life is that of eating right and exercising regularly. It seems that the most difficult part is that of initiative. The Bible teaches that at salvation, our dear Lord gave us a new heart. ''I will...take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.'' (Ezekiel 11:19) It is now your responsibility to care for the heart during this earthly pilgrimage. Failure to do so will drastically reduce your quality of life, both physically and spiritually, and may even reduce your life.
Ps 119:9-16 deals with exercises and principles that must be implemented in our daily lives in order to have a healthy heart for the Word of God.
In John 17:17, Jesus teaches how the Word influences us.
''Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.''
In John 13, Jesus taught that even though the disciples had already been cleansed of the guilt of sin, their feet needed to be continually washed from the filth of the way.
In Eph 5:26, Paul taught us that the Word of God is the water that cleanses us in the way. In John 15:3, Jesus said, ''You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.''
I. A DESPERATE PASSION. 9-10
A. PURITY. 9a
The Bible's major question; the Bible concerns itself with this important subject over and over again. The young person has a flesh that is easily stimulated by the sensual attractions of the world around us.
In II Tim 2:22, ''flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.''
B. VICTORY. 9b
Speaks of obedience; ''taking heed'' - determination.
It is not our promises to the Lord, but His promises to us that will give us victory over sin.
The Psalmist knew that it is easier to make promises than to keep them, a lesson Paul learned when he tried in his own strength to obey God's law. (Rom. 7:14-25) Paul learned, as we mu ...
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