“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly! How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
Psalms 119:1-11 NKJV
I was a mischievous lad. When I was young, I used to sneak juice from the fridge that belonged to other family members. I would pour a little out, replace with an equal amount of water, hoping that it would not be noticed. Of course, my dirty little lost boy soul did consider that the taste of the juice would be affected. One taste and I was usually found out, for the juice had been weakened and lacked the integrity and had become adulterated.
Reading the passage in Psalm one hundred nineteen this morning, reminded me of the power of the pure word of God and why it is so important to keep it pure and plentiful. When one is diligent to seek the Lord, there is no room for adulteration, as the proof is in the holiness one displays.
Like the juice, the one who omits the pure unadulterated word of God becomes a watery Christian, a person who is not as intense, and not as tasty as one who been filled with the Word of God. The word in the believer is like an X-ray, scanning the inward parts and pointing to areas of concern.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
Through a careful reading and meditation on the word of God, the follower of Jesus is made complete, perfect. Not a perfection that implies being without flaws, but a maturity that reflects the holiness of God. All too often we focus on the endgame of the faith, of going to heaven and we neglect the reality that this faith is to be lived.
Very often, Christians fill up in extra-biblical literature, books about God, but don’t spend much time actually reading the source material found only in the Scriptures.
We become watered down, adulterated, and lack the taste of God.
We are called to holiness, to eschew sin, to live lives that reflect our salvation and the renewal brought to us through the Holy Spirit. The change in us the outward sign to those who know us. It is the miracle walking on two feet, that those who have not come to the Lord, have a dire need to see.
Brothers and sisters, my challenge to you is to put aside the books about God, and begin reading the Bible. There is great joy in going to the source. The great thing about Scripture, is that it is only way that the true mind of God can be understood. God has given the follower of Jesus His Holy Spirit, His word, and a mission. We are like Adam, but instead of tending the garden, He has given us the mission of tending the garden of souls.
There is a great harvest to be brought in, and the workers are few. Let us examine ourselves, check the concentration of the presence of God in us, and add more of His word. May we not be adulterated in these perilous times, for the world is in need to the pure milk of the word.
We are sowing the seeds of that harvest even now, and it is being watered by our tears and blood of the saints. May we go forth thinking always of the most pure, unadulterated blood of our Savior Jesus, that takes away our sins.
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
I John 1:7 NKJV
In the coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps years, we will need to rely on the blood of Jesus to survive, for the evil one has dire plans for us, for he knows that his time is short. But we know that victory is coming!
“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.””
Revelation 12:10-12 NKJV
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