Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

The Necessity of Memorizing and Meditating on the Word of God

In this series of articles, we are considering the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. In the last article in this series, we considered how to hear and read God’s Word. Today, we’ll look at two more ways we take in the Word: meditation and memorizing. Meditation Typically one doesn’t think of meditation as Bible intake. Instead, when we think of meditation, we think of some sort of ‘New Age’ meditation that involves ’emptying our mind’ and ‘finding ourselves.’ Christian meditation is not emptying our mind, instead, we are to fill it with God’s Word in order to find...

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Give Me Life!

Psalm 119:33-40, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! 37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. 38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared. 39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good. 40 Behold, I...

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Where do You Find Life?

When life is hard when obstacles block your way, when burdens weigh heavy, and when the reality of your sin threatens to undo you—where do you seek life? Sometimes we look for life in things, sometimes in our circumstances, and other times in passing pleasures. This passage from Psalm 119 reminds us where life is found—in God and his word. Seeking Life VV 25-27: Whether David was in the midst of a trial or simply acknowledging the reality of life in a fallen world, he felt the weight of something. In verse 25, David asked God to give him...

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Longing for God’s Word

Psalm 119:17-24, “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments. Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies. Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”...

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The Necessity of Bible Intake in the Christian Life

Spiritual disciplines are a means of grace God uses to grow His people. Without active involvement in the disciplines, our growth will be stunted or nonexistent. In our last article, we began a series on the Spiritual disciplines, and today we continue that effort to examine them in more detail by considering the first spiritual discipline: Bible intake. Bible Intake Bible intake is the most important Spiritual discipline. A Christian simply cannot grow without God’s Word continually being consumed. Scripture is the only way we know about God, and if we are not taking it in, we are missing...

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