Set Your Hearts
What do you have your heart set on? Do you consider the Bible a good thing but not a central thing? Is it a passing fancy or a lifetime commitment? Is it something you dabble in occasionally or something you pore over every day? Do you just sample it or do you devour it voraciously? Is the Bible a highlight of your life? Do you depend upon it?
Deuteronomy 32:46-47: And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21: Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
In your house, in public places, lying down, getting up, instant, in season and out of season, day and night are all occasions and locations when the Word of God should be important. There are no occasions or locations where the Bible does not belong. The Bible is something that we ought to pass on to others, especially to our children. Are we set upon it enough to pass it on? The Bible is not a vain thing. It is not a useless thing. Time spent in the Bible is profitable. The more time spent the more profit. The more we invest in it the more we will profit.
2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
It is your life: We are committed to the food we eat. It sustains our bodies and keeps us alive. We are wiser to be committed to whatever sustains our spiritual lives. Our bodies won*t last much beyond a hundred years. Our spiritual essence will last forever.
When I first became saved I thought I would never have a good understanding of the Bible. I depended upon others to explain it to me. Blessedly, I depended upon others who did have a good understanding of it. The Lord will lead you to that kind of teachers if you ask Him to. There are plenty of people who try to teach the Bible who don*t really understand it. If you are faithful to it, you will eventually have a great understanding of it. It comes a little at a time. It is not like a flood that comes all at once.
Isaiah 28:10, 13a: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: . . . But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; . . .
Even the Apostle Paul had to have a couple of years to learn it. Before his salvation he had been a very committed Jew and knew a lot about the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit took that knowledge and taught him the true and deep meanings about it. What the Holy Spirit taught Paul in Arabia was in 100% agreement with what He taught Peter and James in Jerusalem and the other Apostles in various locations.
Galatians 1:15-24: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother*s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord*s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me.
There are a few things that amaze me about what The Holy Spirit has taught me. One is that He has corrected so much of what I believed before I was saved. Another is that what He has taught me he has taught countless others. When I meet a Christian that lives far from where I live I am amazed at the agreement we have about the Word of God. Even many Christians from other lands and languages are in agreement with what He has taught me. I can instantly communicate God*s truth to those people and there is an amazing amount of agreement about it. I am also amazed at how much God has changed me. He wants to do amazing things to you and for you as well.
God has a different growth rate for each of us. I have been saved about 25 years. I have met young pastors who were saved, went through Seminary and are leading churches in ten years or less. They are head and shoulders above me spiritually. They have been more committed to God and His Word than I have. I have known Christians who have been saved for fifty or more years and still seem to be babes in Christ.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The Bible can be a wonderful healthy addiction if you will let it. A drug addict needs more and more drugs to get the result he wants. A Christian can start out getting a thrill out of just a verse or a phrase from the Bible. If he grows He will need more of it. He will get deeper, longer lasting and more satisfying thrills. The Bible will not fail you. The more you are committed to it the faster and more powerfully it will move in your life.
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Isaiah 55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.