In my previous letter, I encouraged you to dig a little deeper into the treasure chest of Psalm 119. I was so encouraged by the messages I received, on how you were making this a personal treasure hunt and were delighted, even overwhelmed, by the gems you were discovering! What a tremendous joy and privilege to discover gold from God's Word for our lives!
This weekend, I was reading a post from a friend's blog. He made reference to a treasure hunt of seeking and finding God in our relationship with Him. He mentioned there being times where we tend to 'hide' from God, for various reasons; and since our understanding is limited, there are times we think God is hiding from us. However, our 'hiding' from God is real, where His is only perceived. God never hides from us, He is always there when we choose to open the eyes of our hearts to find Him in His Word.
As I was doing some seeking in Psalm 119, there was one little verse that caught my eye. Like a sparkling little jewel that had caught the sunlight, its light attracted me to come closer. As I did, I started skimming over the next couple of verses, finding similar jewels that shone like this one, leading me on - like sparkling bread crumbs along a path. They all spoke with the same theme to me. Take a look, and tell me if you see it too:
V:11 - "...your Word have I laid up in my HEART..."
V:24 - "Your testimonies also are MY DELIGHT and MY COUNSELLORS..."
V:25 - "...REVIVE and STIMULATE me according to Your word!"
V:50 - "This is MY COMFORT and CONSOLATION in my affliction: that Your word has REVIVED me and GIVEN ME LIFE ."
V:28 - "...RAISE ME UP up and STRENGTHEN me according to [the promises of] Your word."
V:45 - "...And I WILL WALK AT LIBERTY and at EASE, for I have sought and inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts."
Do you see it too? These are a few of the many BENEFITS we can enjoy from laying up the WORD in our HEARTS! The Word of God we believe and cling to, becomes our delight as it councils and comforts us. It revives, stimulates and strengthens us. It causes us to walk at ease and liberty - free from guilt or shame or any kind of fear! It is a powerful force of life inside of us, purposed to affect and influence every part of our lives.
It's no wonder Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts above all things, because the very well spring of life flows from it!
Now this, is the part I really love! I want you to see the inseparable relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Word - at work in our hearts.
When the Holy Spirit came to live inside us, His powerful, life giving character traits (the fruit of the Spirit), came to live in us too. Now, the fruit of the Spirit is designed to bubble up, like a mighty force and fountain of living water, from inside of every believer (John 4:14). It's meant to be like a continuous, powerful stream, gushing out - protecting and purifying us from the inside out! Galatians 5:22, says this is a work His Spirit, within us, accomplishes.
How does this fountain continue to flow? By us yielding to the Holy Spirit as we fill our hearts with God's Word, and do what it says to do!
As we keep our hearts and minds full of the truth of God's Word, making it the final authority for our lives, the Holy Spirit goes to work and produces the force of faith, love and joy and peace and endurance (and all the other qualities of the Holy Spirit), to flow in and through us, in a rapid, plentiful stream. Ephesians 3:16, speaks about this very thing! "May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]." Look at verse 19: "[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!"
The force of the fullness of God inside us becomes so strong, it is able to push out and prevent any anger, selfishness or fear from entering into our hearts. No matter what fiery dart the enemy tries to penetrate into our minds, to contaminate our hearts, and steal our joy; that force of eternal, Living Water of the Spirit and the Word, won't even give it the opportunity to find its mark, let alone spew its destructive poison.
John 4:14 says, "But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life."
As we keep drinking from the Living Water of God's Word, by His Spirit, that fountain of God's very own supernatural life and power, will continue to flood and flow in and through us with magnificent force. It will continually push sin and darkness away and release the life and power of God into every part of our lives - even bring life to those around us!
You have a powerful fountain, full of God's unbeatable force of supernatural life inside of you - keep drinking from His Word and watch it flow!
All my love,