Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:14-18
“Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be found proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:16,17)
The phrase, “holding fast to the word of life,” caught my attention when I read the passage. One of the characteristics of spiritual maturity is one’s commitment to study, meditate upon, apply and memorize God’s Word. I am convinced that spiritual growth is impossible if we are not regularly reading and meditating upon God’s Word.
I appreciate good devotional books and I use them regularly. However devotional writings cannot take the place of the sacred writings of Scripture. Remember what we are told about the Scriptures — “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joint and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). God’s Word penetrates our hearts and it brings spiritual refreshment and renewal to us. It also makes us aware of the thoughts and the intentions of our hearts.
God’s Word accomplishes God’s purpose in our lives — “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes out from My mouth, it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).
Holy Spirit, Author of the Scriptures, I am grateful for Your Word. Enable me to hold fast to it for I know that it is the Word of life. May Your Word penetrate my heart, showing me the thoughts and intentions of it. May it bring spiritual renewal and refreshment to me. Use Your Word in my life to accomplish Your purpose in and through me.
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