I am honored to introduce you to a Special Guest Post by my Friend Mike Kelly:
The Word Filled Heart
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” I Timothy 4:8 NIV
I never want to discount or “put down” the value of getting in good physical condition. I lost 75 lbs last year and it has had an amazing effect on my life—including my spiritual life. Not too tired to pray at night…
Having said that, of course our eternal relationship with the Lord far outweighs anything we can do to benefit our physical bodies. And the greatest, most important thing is to grow in relationship to Jesus.
The challenge is always: “How do I do this?” I can’t count how many times I have been asked this. What follows is a short summary of what I believe the Bible teaches about spiritual growth.
There is a simple mental principle God established when He created us. It is found in Proverbs: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” ( Proverbs 23:7) As one self-help writer put it, “we become what we continually think about”…by truth this many of us would be hamburgers or ice cream Sundays…
II Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…”
As we behold and meditate on the person of Jesus and His love for us, we will be transformed. That is God’s promise. But how do we do this?
By memorizing and meditating on His Word. “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that might not sin against Thee.” “Set your mind on the things above, NOT the things that are on earth.” “Let the word of Christ richly dwell in you…” “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law does he meditate day and night…”…and many, many more passages.
This is not optional or a suggestion God makes. He clearly calls us to hide His Word in our hearts. “Memorizing scripture produces clearer and cleaner thoughts, steadier nerves and healthier emotions, happier homes and boundless optimism.” (Robert Morgan) Why? Because God made us this way, to thrive on His Word and principles.
There is simply no substitute for engraving God’s word on our hearts and minds. As Robert Morgan puts it: “The Bible doesn’t say, “Your word have I clipped to my belt.” It says, “Your Word have I hidden in my heart.””
The only offensive weapon listed in Ephesians 6 on the armor of God is the Sword of the Spirit, which IS the Word of God. How big is your sword?
Scripture to read: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Colossians 3:16; Colossians 3:1-3; Psalm 119:9-11
I was fortunate in choosing my parents: both long time Christians whose 60th wedding anniversary is this March. They raised me in the church and were both sincere and devout Christians.
I went to a Christian elementary school until we moved in the 5th grade. I was a classic early 70s Jesus Freak and leader in my HS church group while participating in every sport I could play (mostly basketball).
College found me completing a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy at a Christian college and a year at seminary. Strangely, life took a twisting turn and I ended up in sales. I married my best friend when I
was 25 and we celebrate our 30th this year.
We have two wonderful kids, a girl and boy, and I am currently working on building the Bible Memory Coins/twitter ministry full time. You can see our memory system at http:www.BibleMemoryCoins.com