“If you abide in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:31-32 ESV

“Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth,” Jesus prayed…and God’s truth transforms us. It reveals the lies and replaces with truth. Sadly today, there are millions of believers starving from

spiritual deception and malnutrition, even spiritually anorexic. To be a healthy disciple of Christ, we must be feeding on God’s Word daily. Our ladies Bible study now is learning about making this a priority in the very busy lives we lead which actually is due to our own choices. If we truly want to be His disciple, abiding includes these three activities: I accept His Word and its authority, allowing it to be my compass I rely on, the benchmark for evaluating everything, and the counsel I listen to in making wise decisions. This is the most important decision you will make regardless of emotion, tradition, or our very limited scope of reason. Second, I must assimilate its truth, which is more than just saying I believe; it is filling my mind, absorbing and taking it in by receiving it open and receptively, reading it daily, researching (this is where a good Bible study helps), remembering it (the secret is review, review, review anywhere!), and reflecting on it. It keeps us in range of God’s voice…this is why God instructed the kings of Israel to keep it with them at all times and read it daily (Deut 17-19). Third, I must apply its principles…all of the above is useless if we fail to put it into practice. This is the hardest step but the most rewarding, as James 1:22-25 tells us. Jesus also pointed out this fact that God’s blessing comes from obeying in John 13:17. A good way to become “a doer of the Word” is to write down an action step you can take as a result of reflecting, something you personally can do in a practical way with a deadline to accomplish it. Is God already speaking to you? Next week we will look at the second part of this verse!

God bless, Judy B