About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)
What do those words mean to you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. How will you put my word into constant practice in your life? How will you allow me to teach and train you with my word? How will you allow me to guard and guide you with my word? How will continually allow me to use my word to change the way that you think and speak and act? Do my thoughts and words and actions need changing? What do you think? I think I have asked a dumb question. Why is that? Without your word continually doing its work in my life, I am certain to become dull of hearing. Why is that? Worldly cares and concerns are certain to dull my hearing and divert my focus away from you. Meeting with you daily in your word will help me to remain vitally connected to you. I know that you will use your word to teach and train me. I know that you will use your word to guard and guide me. I know that your word is the tool that you will use to help me think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I am certain that your word will help me to live a vibrant life of faith that you desire for me. You are correct. But it is never a dumb question to ask yourself if your thoughts or words or actions needing changing. Failing to ask that question would be dumb. Failing to allow me to use my word to mold and shape your life would be a tragic mistake. Of that, I am certain. That is very good.
So, what will constant practice of my word look like in your daily life? There is one appointment I will have on my daily schedule that will be my number one priority, with no close second. I will meet with you daily in your word. I will allow you to use your word to do your work in my life. I will listen attentively to you. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. Here I am right now, in your word, listening to you. There is no place I would rather be. There is nothing I would rather do. Nothing is more important. Nothing is of greater value. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. Mold and shape me Lord. Help me to life the life you have called me to live. That I will do, of that, you can be certain. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will meet daily with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. Teach and train by your word. Guard and guide me with your word. Help me to grow mature in you. Help me to fully live the life you have called me to live. Amen
Key Question… Why is it vitally important that you never stop allowing God’s word to do its work in you?
Living It Out… Meet daily with God in His word so you can remain vitally connected to Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will use His word to teach and train you so you will grow strong in your faith.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has been using His word to do His work in you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow God’s word to train the way you think and speak and act.
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