Lately I've felt such an urgency in my spirit to dig deeper and get more of the Word of God into my heart. I have an overwhelming sense that there is treasure there that is of absolute necessity for my life. It made me think of that scripture in Mark 4 that tells us to pay attention to the Word, because if we don't, we are bound to miss out on something that is vitally important to our well being!
Look at what Mark 4:22,23 in the Message Bible, says, "We're not keeping secrets, we're telling them; we're not hiding things, we're bringing them out into the open. "Are you listening to this? Really listening?" When you read that, do you feel that urgency too?
Over the past couple of days, I have been spending time watching teachings by Jeremy Pearsons (Pearsons Ministries International) and Dr. Michelle Strydom. What a feast it has been! I highly recommend you visiting their ministries on line and plugging into their teachings. It will be well worth your while.
While Dr. Michelle Strydom speaks of the living CONNECTION between our thought life and our physical bodies; Jeremy speaks about the intimate CONNECTION we have with the Spirit of God and the EVIDENCE that connection has in our lives.
Do you see the Word CONNECTION here? More than anything, I would love for you to see the vital link between the Living, Word of God and it's essential affect in and on our lives. Without it, we simply can't and won't live lives that are meaningful or of any real worth.
Let me take you back to Mark 4:24,25, in the Amplified version this time, it says, "And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],"
And now look at John 15:5, "I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing."
Let me paraphrase: If we pay careful attention to the Word of God and purposefully take the time to really think about it, we CONNECT ourselves with a vital part of God Himself. This CONNECTION PRODUCES qualities that are evidence (fruit) of God's life that goes to work in our lives. WITHOUT THIS CONNECTION, WE CAN DO NOTHING that is of eternal value or worth.
So let's dig deeper, and really pay attention to the Word of God we read and receive into our hearts - it has the power to change everything about us and produce the evidence of His Spirit being at work in us!