Write them on the doorposts

God’s Words…

Write them on the doorposts

July 30th, 2019

How many of you love the Word of God? Given the choice of reading ‘a good book’ or reading THE GOOD BOOK, what is your call.

Before you think I’m judging you, I’m including me in this. Yes, I probably am in the Word more than the average disciple. I have to in order to write these devotionals every day. But in my own defense, the devotionals grew out of my desire to share what I was discovering in the Word.

Regardless, when I read this passage, I realize that I’m nowhere near where I would like to be. I love the Word of God, but I still don’t revel in it to the extend as noted here in Deuteronomy.

So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT)

We really need to commit ourselves to the immersion in the scripture. We need this for a variety of reasons, but the one that saves us from our certain eternal condemnation, the one who loves us so much to die for us, the one who despite knowing we would betray him; still went ahead with his plans to create us, and the universe we live in, has compiled a guide book of His thoughts that he wants us to benefit from. And what do we do with it? Memorize a few verses? Look up some scripture to back up our position? Follow along in church as the pastor or Sunday School teacher imparts the Word to us?

The pages of God’s Book should be the most treasure volume in our library. The words contained within, need to become part of our world view, shaping the very way we conduct our lives.

Where is this coming from?

After worship Sunday, we all went out to our new education building to write our favorite passages on the walls, floors, door posts, headers and anywhere else we could find a spot to write. This was a repeat of the process that the church had gone through when our sanctuary was built.

Before the drywall went up, the carpeting went down, and the ceiling was hung, scriptures were written by the membership everywhere. I wanted to refer to this as a dedication, because of the deep sharing each member expressed, while writing their passage. Someone took a video of all the scripture and when I watched it my heart went up into my throat as tears of joy ran down my face.

It was beautiful.

It made me realize just what an amazing treasure we have inside the cover of every Bible. Unlike every other supposed ‘holy book’ the Bible is God’s message to humanity. It is a beautiful timeless work of art and truth.

It is our responsibility to embrace this treasure with all our ability because it is through His Word that God speaks most clearly to us. While the Holy Spirit is our teacher, the Word of God is His text book. There is literally nothing that the Spirit will tell us that isn’t found inside the pages of this Holy and ancient book.

As we will see here shortly, we are defenseless without the Word of God!

We’ve touched on the dutiful, loyal and emotional reasons we should be closely bound to this book. Now let’s look at some of the more practical reasons we should hold fast to this treasure.

Scriptural practicality

Living better – The Word of God will improve your life.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4 (NLT)

The Word gives life. Honestly, I’m not a big reader. As much as I love writing, I tend not to like to read much. But when I read the scripture, I am uplifted and always come away either convicted of my sin or reveling in the joy of the Lord.

To guard against sin – Scripture can actually strengthen our resolve against sin.

They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path.

Psalms 37:31 (NLT)

With the words of God fresh in our memory we are less likely to succumb to sin’s temptation. There is no sin that we are tempted with that hasn’t been visited on everyone else, and scripture also tells us that He always provides a way of escape. So often that escape is found in the pages of His Word.

To guard against false teachers – Apostasy abounds today and so many have crafted their message to appear as ‘angels of light’ but are only messages of the devil himself.

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

1 John 4:1 (NLT)

If we are to ‘test’ them, we are going to need to use the scripture as God’s standard for truth. These false prophets will use scripture and twist it just enough to justify what they are saying. We MUST know it better to have the essential scripture at our fingertips as the need for it arises. The only way we are going to do that is if we are well versed in the Word of God.

`Self-improvement – The Bible is one of the very best text for learning on how to improve ourselves and improve us in so many ways. This is done through both insight and conviction of action and sin we were not aware of prior to getting into the Word.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)

Defend yourself – The Word of God was earlier described as a weapon, but in the armor of God it takes that concept further yet.

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)

In doing so we are equipped for ‘every good work!’

So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT)

Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words!

In the Grace of Jesus!
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