I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. —Psalm 119:11

            When we first called on our Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13, we were “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (I Peter 2:2-3).  But we do not want to stay as newborn babies!  Unfortunately, “though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).  That’s not a good place to be in!

            Not storing God’s Word in our hearts, not applying His Word to our lives puts us in danger of being people who do not “live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? (I Corinthians 3:1-4).  If we are not adhering to His Word then we will be acting just like the world and Paul is speaking to believers! (v.1).  We will not be living right, nor will we be discerning good from evil.

            If we truly want to live right before our Lord, we need a transformation that only comes by His Word renewing our minds (Romans 12:2).  Otherwise, we will be conformed “to the pattern of this world” and not “be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  It is so important to be in His Word and living by His Word— “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).  His Word:

  • Teaches us what we need to know.
  • Shows us where we are in error.
  • Shows us the correct action to take.
  • Shows us how to live right.
  • Trains us in right living.
  • Prepares us for the work He has for us.

So, brother and sister, we can easily see the need for us to store up His Word in our hearts so we do not sin against Him, but instead be living faithfully for Him.  So, are you spending regular, consistent time listening to what He has to say to you as you spend that time with Him?  Are you applying what He says to your life?  Oh, Dear Father, may this be so and may Your Holy Spirit be teaching us and may we be applying what He has taught us in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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