The Manufacturer's Manual

The reading, study, meditation on and application of the scriptures is vitally important for us in order to live the lives Christ calls us to. In Psalm 119:103 we read, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” God’s word is the owner’s manual for us.  It is wonderful, it is alive, and it feeds our souls.  The writer of Hebrews gives us reason to pause and listen to the voice of our Master through His word when he writes, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb 4:12) This should give us pause to consider what our Father is saying to us through His word.

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Through the scriptures we seek our Fathers guidance and direction, and His “word is a lamp to my (our) feet and a light for my (our) path.” (Psalm 119:105) In the book of Joshua (1:7-8) we read the following, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  (8)  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” When we read, study, meditate on and apply scriptures, we meet Jesus in them, we get to know our Father in them, and we get guidance and direction through the them. And we will find ourselves living God-Successful lives. 

An anon Bishop in India reminds us, “devotion to the word of God is not simply one of many devotions, beautiful but somewhat optional. It goes to the very heart and identity of Christian life. The word has the power to transform lives”. We read, study, meditate on and apply scriptures.  We also share the word of God with those we have relationship with and with whom God has given us responsibility for.  We share the scriptures whenever we have the opportunity to gather together. We should, because the word of God has the power to radically transform lives. This is all part of seeing His kingdom advance, in our own lives, our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria unto the utter most parts of the world.

Pick up that manufacturer's manual, read it, study it, meditate on it and apply it! 

 

 

The last six months of this decade

How crazy is it that this month finds us in the second half of 2019? The realization that we only have six months to prepare for the next decade is a sobering thought.  What are your next ten years going to look like? Where will you be in ten years? More importantly, who will you be in ten years? Every decision, every action, every mouthful of food, contributes to who you are becoming and where you will be in ten years time.

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We sat with a doctor at a dinner a while ago. We began to dialogue about health and how what we eat, and drink contributes to what our future will look like.  We were saying how expensive it is to eat healthily.  It is cheaper to feed the family Macdonalds that to feed them healthy food. Her answer was simple, you are going to pay either way. Either pay for the healthy good food now or pay for the medicine and medical care later.

We have six months left of this decade, what will the next decade look like for you. When we get to the end of 2029, what will life look like?  What we do, say, engage with, read, watch, study, eat and drink will either contribute or stand in the way of you becoming more Christlike.  Who are you becoming, at the end of the next decade, will you enjoy who you are?

Jesus is the light of the world, we are called to be a light-bearers and to follow Him.  Jesus is forever crossing the lines of what we feel is proper conduct. My prayer today is that we have the courage and strength to follow Him across those lines, both outwardly to the world and inwardly within ourselves. That our very lives prompt people to open up to God.

In my opening I wrote that this week finds us in the second half of 2019, that we only have six months left of this decade! Take a moment to reflect on what the next decade and beyond will look like with the following thought – the fact that you are on a mission that will ultimately end with your death.

The fact is we have to admit that we are going to die–and then what?  What will we be able to say when God asks us what we have done with this one human life of ours? When He asks, and He will ask, what will your response be?

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