The Word Of God Hidden In Our Hearts

23rd July

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word……I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:9, 11

God’s word is essential for our growth in Him and for our personal growth too. It contains messages of hope, direction and focus. It is a source of strength when we are weak. It is a daily encouragement to our souls. It’s words can convict us and it stands as direction manual that leads us to Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit’s revelation, each day we can learn something new as our eyes are opened to God’s thoughts through His word.

Yet one of the greatest attributes of God’s word is that it is a double edged sword that it used to defeat the enemies scheming plans and evil ways. David comments in Psalm 119 that the way to keep pure and holy, the way to have our hearts and minds fixed on the Lord constantly, is to have God’s word in our hearts daily. To have something hidden in your heart doesn’t suggest that it is a well kept secret that only pops up every now and again. It is the continual meditation on His word. It is reading His word everyday, not in a religious habitual practice but in knowing that it is our source of trust in God.

Our challenge is not just read or meditate upon it but to live it out in our lifestyles, obeying God’s commands and allowing His word to impact every part of our lives. Let us daily spend time with Lord, asking the Holy Spirit for His revelation and allowing His word to increase our love for Jesus and trust in Him.

Fix Your Mind On Good Things

22nd July

And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Philippians 4:8

Yesterday we talked about God being on our side, in every situation fighting for and with us, to overcome our problems and to be our hope in hopeless situations. In the same trail of thought, this passage in Philippians presents itself in a similar fashion but worded in a different way.

So often we can feel like the fight to keep our mind pure and holy is a draining war that we are loosing daily. Yet Paul’s advice to the church in Philippi was not to battle in their own strength but to let Jesus, the One who defeated sin, fight for us. Jesus has already won the battle. All we need to do is abide in that victory. When we try to control our minds in our strength, we not only fail but it becomes so draining each day.

Paul’s fatherly and pastoral advice is a reminder today, that although we must allow Jesus to fight for us, it is important to think about all the good things that God has done, is doing and will continue to do. When a thought comes into our mind contrary to what is good, lovely, admirable, true, pure and lovely, let us call on the Name of the Lord, to purge it out, send it back to where it came from and re-align our thoughts to what it of God. By meditating on the scriptures and letting them soak into our souls, we allow God’s goodness to permeate through our bodies. By guarding our ears and eyes from meditating on what is not good, it stops any foothold the enemy can have in our lives.

Let us think on God’s goodness, dwell on His faithfulness, meditate on His word, guard our hearts, minds and ears and allow Jesus’ victory to bear fruit in our lives.