Psa. 119: 102 - "I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me." (NASB)
Reading from Psalm 119, the Lord highlighted several verses. Above, the first easily could turn. Saying, 'You oh Lord taught me! There is no turning aside from Your commands.' If I fail to walk in the Christ's ways; living in Word and Spirit. My will chooses to teach and direct. Now bearing its consequences, up too destruction.
Psa. 119: 103 - "How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (NASB)
Spending time in God's word and communing in Christ. Does this excite my soul more than a favorite hobby, sporting event, music, or being with the person most dearly loved? If true, people invest time in what is most truly valued. Is His word desired and sweeter than anything my soul craves? The Spirit must clean the clutter from heart.
Knowing the Lord is not interested in faith based on emotion. Still, does genuine excitement above any earthly endeavor exist to enter God's presence through His word? Love, joy, contentment, and wisdom wait. Does it exceed anticipation of the 'big game, race, or match?' Likely circled on calendar for months? When finished and team or individual wins or loses. What does the next day hold? The same 'daily grind' only redeemed by the Word Himself.
Psa. 119: 105 - "Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path." (NASB)
Loving to sing the song from this verse and imploring God to restore spirit in great distress. (Verse 107) Does the written and living Word of Christ, far out shine the light of digital devices? Is His word more important than viewing teaching, preaching, or prophetic voices in these media?
Not to dismiss, it is good to listen and bring messages shepherds deliver before God. Allowing the Spirit to confirm and test. Always mindful the Teacher is the Holy Spirt Who guides into all truth. Helping us recall all Jesus spoke and revealed (Verse 99 - 'I have more insight than all my teachers').
Psa. 119: 112 - "I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes, Forever, even to the end" (NASB)
As we purpose and commit our ways to God. How as the Psalmist, do we commit to live without regard to physical outcome? As he, knowing God's never ending love always follows. Trusting His strength enables love of the Lord with our complete being ... also neighbor as self.
Walking in Christ's Spirit and love, we fulfill all spoken in the law and prophets. God's honors those humbled to His law of love. More importantly, The Lord of Love is seen by the world with Christ lifted high. Drawing all men to Himself (John 12:32), now each with a choice.
Oh, the law of love and greatness of our Mighty Lord. How marvelous all glory, honor, and praise return to Him. Shown again, oh how good the Lord is to me!
Prov. 29:23 - "A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor." (NASB)
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"Spending time in God's word and communing in Christ. Does this excite my soul more than a favorite hobby, sporting event, music, or being with the person most dearly loved? If true, people invest time in what is most truly valued. Is His word desired and sweeter than anything my soul craves? The Spirit must clean the clutter from heart.
Does it exceed anticipation of the 'big game, race, or match?' Likely circled on calendar for months? When finished and team or individual wins or loses. What does the next day hold? The same 'daily grind' only redeemed by the Word Himself."
The Holy Spirit is certainly inspiring wonderful inspirations to you to take you to these greater heights of understanding of the greatness of God - which is evident in the questions you've posed above; and I think these paragraphs ( and all of your blog ) is exemplary of the wonderful depth of work that that the Lord is doing in your heart.
It's a joy, Les, to observe through your writings this wonderful growth that is taking place w/in you. Praise the Lord!
There is nothing I enjoy more than the Word of God and walking with Him. Yet there are many things I have to do in life, and some I do for fun and relaxation, that require my full attention.
I have been admonished by some because I, at times, am away from studies and fellowship for days. Weeks occasionally. Your first two paragraphs prompt me to being this up.
It is not understood by some (that admonish) me when I explain I am always in fellowship and for the word of God, it is in my heart and mind always.
Your last two paragraphs sustain us always in all things. Blessings, a very good blog.
Truly thought provoking! May He help me to put Him and His Word above all else! Bless you my brother for this revelation in His Word