“Hold Fast to Him”
Write the Word of the Lord upon your heart.
Rejoice in it.
The Word is not just something to be “studied” a couple of times a week for a few minutes.
The Word is not to be “taken in” by listening to someone for a few moments every now and then.
The Word is alive!
The Word is life!
The Word is to be lived by word and deed.
Our lives reflect what we believe about the Word of God.
Many…far too many in church leadership…claim to believe the Word, but never speak if forth in conversation…nor in the pulpit.
They flit about it, painting a picture of depth and familiarity, yet they avoid a true encounter with the Word of the Lord,
We have seen in Deu. 11 what we are to do with the Word of the Lord.
Watch what the Lord will do if we are faithful and keep His Word…
“For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do,
to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him,
then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you,
and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.
The Lord will grant victory.
Victory over enemies before us.
He will dispossess that which comes against us.
Love the Lord your God.
Keep His commandments.
Walk in His ways.
Hold fast to Him.
He is the Victor!
What are we to do with the Word of the Lord?
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
“You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
We are to have the Word in our mind and heart.
We are to allow the Word to guide our hand.
We are to allow the Word to guide our thoughts.
We are to teach the Word to our family.
Not limited to a particular “devotional” time…
Not limited to “sunday school”…
Not limited to “worship” time…
As we are sitting in the house.
As we walk/ride/drive along the road.
As we lie down.
As we rise.
The Word of the Lord should/must be upon our lips with every breath.
Think on this.
We have a choice.
To speak the Blessing of the Word of the Lord.
To speak that of the flesh, soul…perhaps even the curse of the enemy.
The Word should be so prevalent in our lives that it is written upon the physical structures in which we live.
Why all this?
So that our days may be multiplied upon the land…ours…our offspring.
Too many “professing believers” live a fragmented existence.
They have “their life.”
They have a small portion reserved for their “spiritual life”.
Such should not be.
We should overflow with the Word of the Lord, His Power and His Presence.
We continue in Deu 11.
We are to love the Lord will all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Now, note what is said about the Word of the Lord…
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul;
and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
We are to…
- Impress the Words of the Lord on our heart and soul
- We are to bind them on our hand
- They shall be a frontals on our forehead
The people of Israel took this in a literal sense.
They had the Word on their hands and forehead.
What does this mean to us?
The Word should be in our heart.
The Word should guide every work of our hand.
The Word should direct every thought of our mind
“Anger of the Lord Kindled”
The Lord has warned us.
We are to beware.
We are to be careful that our hearts are not deceived.
We are not to turn away from God.
We are not to serve other gods.
We are not to worship other gods.
What if we/they do?
“Beware that your hearts are not deceived,
and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.
“Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you,
and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain
and the ground will not yield its fruit;
and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.
The anger of the Lord will be kindled against you.
He will shut up the heavens - no rain.
The ground will dry.
The people will perish quickly from the good land.
The good land the Lord had given.
This happened to the children of Israel.
This happens to us.
In the physical realm.
In the “spiritual” realm…many are the dried up, dead “churches” upon the land.