April 25, 2011

Luke 24:32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

God in His grace does cause His Word to burn in our hearts, giving spiritual light and warmth and burning out impurities. Sometimes the “burning out” part is painful, which is why some people avoid the Bible, but even the painful parts are for our blessing. Sometimes He causes His Word to “sneak up on us,” so to speak, but most of the time the real benefits come when we approach it humbly and expectantly, asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate it to our hearts and illuminate our hearts by the Word. If we will do that consistently, there is literally no limit to the blessings God will pour out on us through the Bible.

I keep coming back to my incredible heritage of being descended from generations of men and women who loved, studied, and taught the Bible, not as a literary work but as the living Word of God. I couldn’t begin to count how many times God has spoken to me through the Scriptures, or how many times He has given me the privilege of being His mouthpiece to speak into someone else’s heart. Yesterday was a good example, as I saw the words I spoke impacting my hearers. I am to be grateful for the privilege, but never for a moment think that the impact comes from me, and so become proud. Several people indicated that they want to hear more, and I need to stand on their behalf against the influences that would try to keep them from that. I am to make the most of every opportunity to speak the Word, being fully prepared as Peter said (1 Peter 3:15), and expect great things from God.

Father, thank You indeed for a glorious Easter yesterday. Thank You for the powerful, moving message at the Sunrise Service, for the good fellowship afterward, and then for all that You did in the service here. Thank You for the large number of first timers, and for those who were bold enough to invite them. I pray that all the believers would be emboldened by the experience, not just to invite their friends and acquaintances to church, but to witness actively. Thank You for directing me already to preach on Discipleship Training this next Sunday, and for giving me that theme for the daily Bible readings. I pray that we would indeed become a body of disciples, actively following You and drawing others to do likewise, for the salvation of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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