Saturating our Hearts in God’s Word
Saturating our Hearts in God’s Word

Saturating our Hearts in God’s Word

Saturating our Hearts in God’s Word

I recently picked up a book called Ask Pastor John. Of course the title was appealing, but the contents were already familiar because I’ve followed the author, John Piper, for years. His book Desiring God was influential for me in college, learning more about delighting in God and enjoying God to the fullest, “At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11). This new book is a collection of short articles (often only a page or less) summarizing various questions John Piper has answered over the last decade through his podcast of the same name.

One of the first topics he covers is “Why read the Bible daily?” He says this:

“I have never met a mature, fruitful, strong, spiritually discerning Christian

who is not full of Scripture, devoted to regular meditation on Scripture, and

given to storing it in the heart through Bible memorization—and that’s not

a coincidence.”

He then lists ten reasons to read the Word daily, all of which increased my understanding of how essential our regular reading of God’s Word is for health and life and growth. The Bible is where we see what real life is about. Many of the messages we absorb throughout the day are tugging us toward a false reality – one not concerned with Christ. Starting the day by saturating our minds with truth helps us to believe truth rather than lies.

Believe

Sunday we wrapped up the book of John, and central to the message of John is the word “believe.” The word “believe” shows up about 90 times in John, and it’s the reason we chose John 3:36 as our memory verse for this month: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” One of the reasons the word believe is so powerful is because belief is the starting point for all growth and change in life. Thomas Merton said it this way, “The beginning of the fight against hatred… is not the commandment to love…  but it is a prior command to believe. The root of Christian love is not the will to love, but the faith that one is loved.” We are not able to truly love one another unless we first believe in the One who is the very essence of love. Jesus is the one who transforms our hearts and gives us the power to love!

I pray God would open a door for you to talk about His love with someone you know this week. Believe that God is working in the lives of your friends, family, co-workers, and fellow students all throughout Valley Station, PRP, and Southwest Louisville. Pray for Him to continue to be at work in our church to bring many to know Christ!

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