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How sweet are thy words

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    spencel
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    Our last Bible Study we discussed the question, “How are we made clean through the word? (1 Peter 1:22)”. Obedience was the answer.
    In our discussion we talked about that affliction alone does not bring us to God, we have to turn to the Word of God. It is the Word that purifies and cleanses. That is why we need to study the Word so we know it but we must obey it, apply it, and live it in our daily life. It was pointed out that we need to cultivate our spiritual sense so you can hear the word.
    Psalm 119 this week from our Responsive Reading speaks to me of this active obedience to the Word:
    97. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.(To me that says I must love the Word and want it more than anything else)
    99. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
    100. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.(Through abiding in the Word I will have an understanding for combatting all unlike God, this Truth the world will never be able to bestow, no matter how “educated” it appears)
    101. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.(Obedience includes refraining from evil in all its forms whether appears good or bad, which human will and knowledge can not accomplish)
    102. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.(diligence, consistency and accuracy are qualities needed to stay on the course.)
    103. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (joy and gratitude)
    104. Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. (The Word helps me discern the difference between God’s message and man’s so I won’t be taken away from the pure Science of the Christ. I will then hate anything that gets in the way or takes me from this love and devotion to knowing God.)
    After so many years of getting mixed up in human knowledge and false prophets, hidden in the guise of “spirituality”, I am deeply grateful to being made clean through the Word as brought to light here in our classes, materials and teachers who demonstrate what they teach. As I practice this true Science, the fruits show me the huge difference.
    “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

    #5183
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this wonderful post! It truly proclaims the importance of the Bible, the Word of God. And how fortunate we are to have these Bible studies on Saturday mornings.

    Even though the Bible has been seemingly swept away to make room for “secular” thought, yet when the Bible is mentioned in one-on-one conversations, even with strangers, I find there is an evident thirst for God’s Word, as God’s children are naturally drawn to the Word of their Father! Our Father speaking to us through the Word is truly awesome.

    #5184
    Susanne
    Participant

    In the Amplified Bible, for “keeping” God’s precepts and word in Ps. 119, I found it helpful how it was explained as “hearing, receiving, loving and obeying”.

    100 I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].

    101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].

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