Set Apart - Sunday, December 23rd 2012
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
We are sanctified not only by truth or a truth but by His Truth.
Sanctified means set apart for special use. The Bible sets us apart for special use. I want to encourage you to read your Bible. It is so simple that we sometimes overlook the profound impact it will have on our lives. It is one of the simplest acts that can have the deepest results. Don't have the time? May I suggest you make the time? At the end of the day, nothing can help you get perspective like looking at a devotion, with a verse or two. Nothing can prepare you for the day like digging into the treasure of God's Word in the morning. My challenge to you, in love and care, is for you to try to spend a few minutes in the morning and in the evening looking into God's Word. It will bless you. I promise you and more importantly God promises.
"This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's character. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, test the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, it will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor and condemns all who will trifle with its sacred contents."
(From The Doctrine of the Bible Authors Unknown)
Life Lesson: Take the time to read because He took the time to bleed.
Thank You for the gift of Your Bible. Please forgive me when I have made more time in my life for the wrong things while my Bible gathered dust on the shelf. I ask You to open my heart to Your Word as I diligently read and study it and open my ears to hear just what You want me to do. I want to be a doer of Your Word. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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