Hide the Word of God in Your Heart

Photo by Matt Botsford

Photo by Matt Botsford

Psalm 119:11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

When I think of hiding the word of God in my heart, I first think of memorizing scripture. And to be painfully honest, most of the scripture that I can quote from memory, I memorized as a child.

However, on the upside, there are many principles that I have learned from the Bible as an adult.  I may not be able to quote some verses verbatim, but I can usually go and find them if I need.  The meaning of said scripture is definitely hidden in my heart!

Some of those things are still works in progress, mind you.  They are there, nonetheless.  One of the ways I use to hide the word of God in my heart is by taking sermon notes.  I use a notebook that is solely devoted to Church and I take notes using these headings:

 

1.       Date

2.       Preacher

3.       Scripture passage

4.       Message notes

5.       Specific verses I want to remember

6.       How this applies to me

 

It’s amazing to go back and see the notes from the past.  Sometimes I am convicted all over again and sometimes I can see just how far Jesus has brought me! The latter is definitely the goal!

Blessings to you and yours!

Wendy

 

You can get a copy of my sermon notes page below.

BE STRONG

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:10-11 ESV

The good news is that being strong doesn’t mean to put on a brave face or to stand stoically.  Being strong in the Lord is to rest in His might.  Yep, you heard that right, r e s t.  Rest.  Let me say it again, just in case you missed it – rest.

I want to hone in on the first sentence of the verse, so I will touch on what comes after that sentence first, lest I forget.

In order to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, we must put on the full armor of God.  You know what that is, but if you need a reminder…

 Belt of Truth and Breastplate of Righteousness

o   14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

·Shoes – Gospel of Peace

o   15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 

· Shield of Faith

o   16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 

·Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit

o   17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 

 PRAY

o   18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

We need the whole armor of God so we can stand against the schemes of the devil.  After all, the devil has been around a lot longer than you and I.  He has had time to hone his evil schemes.  He can play the same mean tricks with every new generation and get better each time.  So don’t think you can withstand him on your own.

Now back to the topic at hand.  Be strong. In order to be strong in the Lord (so we can rest in His strength), we must FIRST belong to Him.  Check your salvation.  Make sure that He has you in His hand.

Not sure….                    Romans 10:9-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Get to know Him.  Study the Bible.  The Holy Spirit will teach you so much.  You will learn things about our Lord Jesus that you never knew.

Understand your part.  Love Jesus. Love people. Tell others about Christ.  Teach people what you know.

If you do these things, you will be strong in the Lord.  Therefore, you can rest in the strength of His might.

You see He has ALL power, so we don’t have to have power.  We just rest in His.  So, my friend, BE STRONG!

 

Quiet Time

Photo by .Artem Anokhin.

Photo by .Artem Anokhin.

What is a quiet-time?  A quiet time is a set time that you choose to be alone with God.  You pray and read scripture meditating on it and journal what He has spoken to you.  That’s my definition.

Why is a quiet-time so important?  A quiet-time is important because that’s when you “hear” from your Savior.  This is an intimate time with our Lord.  This is where our faith and relationship grows!  So how do I “do” a quiet-time?

Choose a time of day that you can set aside 30 minutes to an hour. Starting out, it may be 15 minutes. I prefer the morning because then I think about what I’ve read all day.

Pray confessing your sin and asking God to show you something in His Word; maybe a sin that you aren’t even aware of that you need to confess or guidance in a particular area of your life.

Then start reading.  I like to pick a book of the Bible and read a section of verses or chapter each day until I have read that book of the Bible.  Read for as long as you have OR until the Holy Spirit speaks to you.

Journal about what you read.  Write down something that caught your attention in the passage.  Then consider how that applies to you.  Write that down.  It may be something like this, for example, I label where I’m reading –(Acts 4 chapter and verse), This is what caught my eye- (Peter and John were filled with the Holy Spirit and went out speaking in boldness.)  How it applies to me-(As a Christian, I am filled with the Holy Spirit so I, too, should be speaking in boldness.) 

Pray about how the Holy Spirit spoke to you.  I write my prayer in my journal- (Dear Father, Draw me close to You so that I will seek Your ways and not my own.  Have full control over me by Your Holy Spirit so that I, too, may go out in boldness like Peter and John. In Jesus Name, Amen)   You will be amazed at how you will grow in your walk with the Lord by having a quiet time with Him every day.

Be still and know that I am God... Psalm 46:10

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Excellent Love

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I Corinthians 13
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails;
but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

God our Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit; ONE God showed us perfect love.  He created mankind knowing we would fail him.  He knew that in that failure, most of His creation would not choose to surrender to Him, yet He gave us the freedom to choose anyway.

God knew that those of us who would choose to surrender to Him would fall often.  Many times knowing the right thing but choosing sin instead.  But in His perfect love, He offers forgiveness as soon as we repent. 

He is patient, not wanting any to perish, and offers hope to all who believe.

How I want to demonstrate my Father’s love to others.  May I be patient, kind, not jealous, not a braggart or arrogant, not acting unbecomingly, not easily provoked, not taking into account wrong suffered and not rejoicing in unrighteousness but rather rejoicing in truth, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things and enduring all things. Why?  Because my Father’s love NEVER fails.

Does my love fail?  Yes! But does my Father’s love fail? Never!

May I choose to deny myself daily and take up my cross and follow Him so He receives all the glory and I might just be one of the vessels He chooses to use.