Follow the Instructions

This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

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I admit it… I have not had a good history of following instructions.  Now before you judge me, I’m not talking about serious matters of life, I’m talking about putting things together.  You know… the night before Christmas and all through the house, the kids are asleep and dad is pulling his hair out trying to put together a bicycle that he should have just paid a little extra for to have the manufacturer assemble for him!

Those kind of instructions.

Recently, over the past few years, I have gotten way better.  I have learned to pay careful attention to the details of the instruction manual.  I read it carefully, and I do exactly as it says.  You see, when I venture out of my own and attempt to do something stupid, it always ends up in a mess… always.  And life is the same way.

God, in His love and mercy, left us with an instruction manual; a guide; a roadmap.  As Joshua was preparing to lead some 2 million Israelites across the Jordan river and into the land of Canaan, God gives him specific instruction as to what He must do to be successful:  Read, meditate and obey the Law of God.

So here is the question:  How important is God’s Word to you?

Where is reading your Bible on your list of priorities?  Do you take some time each day to, not just read, but meditate and ponder the truths of God’s Word.  Do you allow it to speak to you?  Do you allow it to change you?  I am going to close this blog with two passages that I gave our congregation yesterday:

“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

21 “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and it not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:21-25

There are no excuses.  Let’s make a renewed commitment to reading and studying the Word of God!

Grateful for the service that we had yesterday!  Oaklawn, as we approach the summer months, let’s focus on inviting others to church!  Wouldn’t it be awesome if we saw an increase in attendance through the summer and not a decline?  We can make it happen by being faithful and inviting others!  Don’t forget to be praying for one another, and I hope you will join us Wednesday night at 6:30 for Bible study!

Blessings,

Pastor Jaywhy-study-the-bible

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