Loyalty to God’s Word

John Wesley traveled 250,000 miles on horseback, averaging twenty miles a day for forty years; preached 4,000 sermons; produced 400 books; knew ten languages. At eighty-three he was annoyed that he could not write more than fifteen hours a day without hurting his eyes, and … More

Desire

God’s leadership is the pathway to personal revival. God’s Word is not a document to be learned but a path to be followed. He does not promise His route to be the smoothest but it is the most direct route to His blessing.

  1. God’s desire is to capturing our minds (vv. 33-34).
    1. God’s teaching ministry is essential for obedience. “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end” (v. 33)
    2. God’s enlightening ministry is essential for obedience. “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law...” (v. 34).
  2. God’s desire is to be channeling our hearts (vv. 35-37).
    1. God directs our will. “Make me go in the path of thy commandments...” (v. 35a).
    2. God directs our emotions. “...for therein do I delight.” (v. 35b).
    3. God directs our heart. “Incline my heart unto thy testimonies.” (v. 36)
    4. God directs our eyes. “Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity. (v. 37).
  3. God’s desire is to be directing our focus (v. 38-40).
    1. God focuses us to understand His Word. “Stablish thy word unto thy servant...” (v. 38a).
    2. God focuses us to not be fearful of men ..."who is devoted to thy fear.” (v. 38b).
    3. God focuses us to turn from our sinful ways “Turn away my reproach.” (v. 39).
    4. God focuses us to be obedient to His Word. “...I have longed after thy precepts.” (v. 40).

Application

My mind has a tendency to follow many rabbit trails and things that are far from the heart of God.  My desire is to submit my mind to the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit and then I can hopefully stay closer to the practical application of God’s truth.

Psalms 119:33-40 (English Standard Version)


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