She would say if you are going to be in this choir, band or banners you need to read, live and understand the word of God. In my mind I would be like oh yah, how does singing and reading the bible connect but it took me a while till I got the understanding of how important it is to know his word.
I was reminded of this a few days ago I was reading an article by Herald of His Coming, June 2011 edition and there was a statement in that was the newspaper magazine that struck a chord within me and it said
“How can you have the precepts of the Holy Scriptures coursing through your mind that much without being radically changed by them”
As I read this statement this scripture this scripture came to mind “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” Psalms 119:11 David speaks and says I have hidden you word in my heart that I may not sin against you, so his word runs through our blood system there is a shift and change not just of the mind but of the character and heart and its only through reading and keeping his word.
At the same juncture Psalms 119:130 says “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”. In simple words at the entrance whether by hearing or reading of your word there is light, as we read and live his word there is a light that we can’t escape from and this light of God penetrates into our lives by the word of God. We lack understanding on quite a number of issues in terms of worship as a Church (The worldwide church) and yet we don’t even take time to know who He is and what He say He is. Yet God says all you need to do is know the word, it will quicken you to see me and know me.
Now when you read all these passages and that statement from the start you will realize that when the word of God is in you it creates a world, a newness that we cannot fully explain or understand. Not just your mind, but also heart, character.
All this reading, keeping, living the word is for what?
It’s simple, God it attracted to his word
If we are to fall in love with God in our lives and if we want to live a personal life of intimacy with God in everyday life we need to understand that God is attracted to his word. Whether the word is spoken, sung, played or lived, God responds and inhabits his word. As we declare his word God reciprocates.
I know there are countless messages on 10 steps to his presence, how to get intimacy with God, how to fall in love with God. Looking at this it’s just that simply laid out in his word if we need to live our lives in intimacy with God, if we want to live in his presence and we desire for God to inhabit our praises we need to know, understand, sing, live and breathe his word.
Why I’m so convinced is because my bible in Psalms 138:2 says “… for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”. God is bound to move upon his word no matter what.
The word of God is the key to unlocking the kingdom of God, unlocking the presence of God, unlocking the glory of God or the floodgates of heaven, the word of God is key.
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