Knowing His words
Deuteronomy 11:18 Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 30:14 “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart that you may do it.
Psalm 119:105,106 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Somehow, I thought when I became a Christian life would always be positive, no worries, no doubts, and one would sail along. I initially felt I walked several inches above the ground for the first few days. Then euphoria faded as I fell into the routine of life.
So the magic faded, but not the gratefulness, but I was puzzled I was being bombarded with hurtful things, doubts, and whatever. At that time I didn’t know I needed to seek His counsel, words, directions and promises to survive and thrive. And it’s a path, a growth, a continual journey. But later I learned those difficulties, doubts and hurts are some of the things Satan uses as a means of attacks. His purpose is to cause doubt, fear, anxiety and move us further away from seeking God and His ways and plans for us, further from learning His words.
We are babes when we first find and accept God. We learn who He is, what He has done, and begin to grow in our walk. It takes a true ‘knocking, seeking’ for the door to be opened. Not that we are not with Him, but we need to seek growing with Him, discovering His plan for our lives, and what we are supposed to do, or refrain from doing, and how He wants us to live. And that comes about by reading His words and applying them to our lives, to attending a Bible teaching church, and hanging with others who walk with Him. It is not always easy to know His will and we sometimes have to WAIT, but He will guide us if we diligently seek His will for our lives.
There are things He wants us to avoid since they will bring us danger (maybe illness, broken heart, dismay, and so much more). For instance, if we choose to become intimate outside of marriage and not seeking His will if this is the right person for us, we may develop a disease, infection, or some kind of permanent scar. Perhaps, you will suffer a broken heart, or worse, the shame and guilt of not abiding by His words. God doesn’t say NO alcohol, although for some (alcoholics), alcohol is a danger to them, but He certainly does not want us abusing our bodies (His earthly temple since He lives in us) and becoming addicted, sick, or enslaved to these devil enticements.
We must know His words, His direction or it is easy to fall away. We are a selfish and self-centered people, first and foremost. And it takes time, learning, and giving up sometimes before we can see the benefit. We want immediate gratification, and tend to gravitate toward that end. We don’t always fulfill those selfish wants because we want to, but because we have not worked to seek His words, promises, directions and guidance. With His words imprinted in our minds and hearts, we are able to believe and not quake when facing something so dire, and we are able to have standards and stick with them. His words point the way and guide our footsteps and keep us on the better road. That’s why it is important to know His words and to have them imprinted on our minds and hearts.
We each stand and live according to our knowledge, understanding and seeking of His guidance. In order to learn it, we must study and learn His words. And it is a growth. There have been many times some of the words were like ‘blah, blah, blah’ and held no meaning for me. And at other times, it was like a light, a rope of understanding during whatever issue I was coping with. And I could hold onto it, tightly. So I need the words and promises to help with my growth and understanding.
I am thankful I have copies of His words and can turn to them often. As I grow, I see more phrases in His words that I had not picked up earlier. Because of His wonderful, and correct timing, He leads us to grow deeper with Him when the time is right for our growth, to deepen what we already have, to give us what we need as we need it.
Thank You for giving me and mybellaviews more depth as we grow in You/