In Matthew 12:35, it says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” The way to become a good man is by storing up good inside of you. The way you store up good inside of you is by feeding on the Word of God. For some reason, the Lord has just given me a passion to know His word more and more. He is reminding me that it is no accident that the thoughts of the mind and the meditation of the heart are what they are. It is done on purpose by what we choose to dwell on.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when faced with temptation from the enemy, He quoted verses He’d learned from the Old Testament. For example, when He was tested in the wilderness following His fast, Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy. The interesting thing is that the Devil also quoted Scripture. He quoted from Psalm 91 but took it out of context. If you want to read the scene, then go to Matthew 4:1-11. The conclusion was that Jesus stayed on course by not only quoting the Scripture but He placed it in His heart and His life reflected that.
Even in the last painful moments of Jesus’ life when He was dying for our sins, He quoted from the Old Testament when He said, “Into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). It was God’s Word that brought clear thinking and the ability to run the race to its final victory. The devil couldn’t rob Jesus of the joy set before Him.
How are you doing memorizing Scripture? Have you intentionally taken steps to memorize God’s Word throughout your day?
Revival begins this Sunday. Jeremiah Bolich will join us for our services in the morning and then at 6pm on that day. Then Monday through Wednesday will be at 6:30pm with supper starting at 5:30pm. On Sunday and Wednesday there will be special emphasis for the kids. On Monday and Tuesday our elementary kids will be in the worship service with the adults. It is going to be a wonderful week. Plan now to set aside this time to come and revive your spirit with other faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Saturate in these verses today and may God grant you this kind of hope today:
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:4-6.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene