Internalize the Word

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1.8)

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living it according to Your word… Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119.11

The truth of God’s Word must be internalized for us to be effective in our ministry and live the spiritual life. It cannot be separated from our body and soul, not something confined in pages between two covers. We need it to be hidden in the deepest part of us, to have Scripture be our gut-conviction. The words must go beyond the pages into every corner of our minds, our heart of hearts, the seat of our emotions, our entire will.

There is no command in the Bible to read your Bible every day. But it does say to know, live, obey, and mediate on God’s Word every day. So, do whatever you need to do to get there. Maybe that is to read your Bible every day, getting up early in the morning as many Christians I know do. If a set time doesn’t work for you, determine read it consistently throughout the day or week, as Ed Stetzer does. Listen to it on CD in your car, read it online, do what you must to hear God’s Word, internalize it, and apply it in humble obedience to the God who gave it to you.

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