To Be Sharp* Read God’s Word And Pray
Galatians 5:16-18; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 4:12-16
War is going on inside of me and outside of me every day. Inside of me is the raging struggle with my flesh, the remaining possibility I would fall to the desire to sin. Outside of me is no better. The world system is shaking it’s fist at God, pressuring me to go along to get along. Our culture is changing and becoming more and more anti-Christian. Check the news if you doubt it. In addition, I am told to trust my own resources or even the stability of earthly things.
I might as well give up, right? WRONG!
God, the Holy Spirit dwells within me! He searches me out to see my emotions, thoughts and intentions and sheds light on them. He sees what I put in through my senses and alerts me to the garbage that endangers me if it turns into actions. He uses the Word of God to counter the things warring within me. He directs my mind to the Scripture I have absorbed to counter the pressures and temptations around me.
My strength is taken away when I fail to let the Word of God absorb me through reading it, through meditating on it, through yielding my thinking and actions to it. It is the Word of God that defines me. It is used by the Holy Spirit to reveal the life of Christ in me and allows Christ’s life to flow out toward others.
Jesus tells me I am set apart, by the truth and the truth is the Word of God (John 17:17,19). Even Jesus as he walked, on earth, did not rely on his own resources (John 5:19,30; Philippians 2:5-11) but drew on the resources of God, the Father. It is for this reason I pray. I need to talk to him about the war within me and the pressures and temptations outside of me. I need to talk (pray) to Him about His Word. The conversation is the Word and prayer, listen and speak, back-and-forth, the fellowship with God.
Will you join me?
I’ll be sharp*, I’ll read God’s Word and Pray
*Sharp: clearly defined, a distinct outline of what is true – Pastor Bob Wood is a mentor/disciple from Southampton, PA and a seasonal camper at America’s Keswick. This is his first Freedom Fighter blog. You can email him at Dsprayer@aol.com
Think About This: Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed. George Macdonald
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8