Tuesday, August 17, 2010

do i know, live and abide?

May the Words of the LORD abide in my heart. Take
up residence in my soul....

If you glanced through my bible,  you would find many, many scriptures highlight with yellow. There are so many verses that just so loudly speak to my heart and I want to make them stand out.  As I read, I love it when certain passages just leap off the page into my heart. There are so many Words of God that are so vital to my Christian walk and I want them very visible on the page.

As I was having my quiet time with the Lord, I started thinking about all the scriptures I have marked and how they each mean something so specific in my walk. And wouldn't you know it... the Lord started speaking deep into my spirit.

"Beth, it's not enough that you just underline or highlight these verses. It's about KNOWING them and LIVING them. It's about them ABIDING in your very soul and heart."

And as He spoke, I realized that even though the Words of God on the written page are awesome and powerful, they don't do anything for me until I transfer them from the page to my heart. The very depths of my heart. I have to live them.

I need to make sure that when God gives me a Word, I am INHALING the very substance of it. Hiding it DEEP within my hearts recesses to become LIFE to me.

I want His voice, through the Holy Word, to take up permanent residence in my very being! I desire for the God-breathed Holy scriptures to be my dwelling place!

If I have nothing else... I have Him and His Word. If all else around me fails, I have His voice recorded in my heart.

I want to KNOW Him more. I want to soar higher and reach farther for the much more of what He has to offer. He showed me that He has so much more for me to experience and obtain. I just have to ask and then receive it!

He desires for us to have a spirit-filled, richly abundant and effective life. He desires for us to be women after His heart.

I want Him to just consume me. I so desire for a deeper relationship. More intimate than ever before. I want to ascend into a new atmosphere of experiencing Him. I want to leap into the glorious heights of walking daily in His Word and in His will.

Oh, sovereign and precious Lord. Create such a hungry and desperate spirit in me that I have an insatiable appetite for You and Your Word. That I just devour the scriptures and then hide them deep. May I apply them to my heart and life and then live accordingly. May I only hunger after you and be a willing vessel and may I always be an instrument for your glory.

"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart"
(Psalm 40:8)


Jackie said...

Love this, Beth! Oh, the wonder of wonders that He resides within the soul and heart of His children! And, the glorious wonder that we can KNOW, LIVE and ABIDE in Him and draw closer and closer unto His Heart and experience Him in greater and deeper measure!!

My heart cries....YES LORD!!

Heart2Heart said...


My Bible looks like a coloring book as well. I've even started dating and writing why I found that particular verse helpful when I underlined it. Now it's become a reference book and journal all in one.

I too, need to begin living what I read and know in my heart more.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Christian said...

I think that city you've mentioned is called Ozamis and not Ozama.hehehehe...well anyway, yah! I know that city. I've been there last summer when I was singing at my friends wedding. The place is nice! Send my best regards to your husband. God bless your family!

Stacey Dawn said...

Wow - great message - speaks right to my heart as well.

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

These are such good questions for us to be asking ourselves! Thank you for the post!