2022 has begun, and the beginning of a brand new yr is all the time a good time to contemplate our habits, particularly which new ones we need to begin. It’s a good time to ask, How can God’s phrase abide in me extra deeply? What can I do? How can I enhance right here? And the reply — or one of many solutions — is discovered in a sermon clip taken from John Piper’s sermon “If My Words Abide in You,” a sermon title taken from Jesus’s phrase in John 15:7.
The sermon was preached on January 4, 2009 — 13 years in the past, yesterday. It has the New Year in view, as you’ll hear as we now leap into the top of the sermon. Here’s Pastor John now, and he’s right here speaking about Bible holsters. Have a pay attention.
The Holy Spirit awakens by the phrase — transforms by the phrase. “You have been born again . . . through the living and abiding word” (1 Peter 1:23). “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). So, new start and sanctification are the work of God, not some other manner than by the phrase. The phrase is big.
So that you must ask, “Well, how then does it work?” This is the phrase. So, I’m going to make a bit of harness, type of like a pistol. I’m going to put on this all day on my coronary heart, and I’m going to stroll round. Will God sanctify this to me and rework me as a result of I’m carrying it right here? What’s the reply? The reply isn’t any.
The reply isn’t any as a result of God created you with a mind. He didn’t should. He created you with a consciousness. He created you with a will, and feelings, and thought. And the best way he ordains for Christ to be magnified by his phrase is for there to be a connection created with the phrases of the Bible and our brains. Then the need and the center. That’s it. If you simply attempt to carry the Bible round and by no means learn it, so there’s no connection between the that means of those phrases and your mind, then it has zero impact in your life.
“Nothing can replace Bible memory in forging a connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.”
“Meditate on the law of the Lord day and night” is as a result of a connection is established. By the connection of the that means of God in his holy phrase and my building of that that means in my mind, and its impact on my will and my coronary heart, I’m modified by the Holy Spirit’s utilizing all that seemingly pure course of for our change.
So, my reply to “What’s all this got to do with memorizing the Scripture?” is that this: after we memorize the Scripture, we make that connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts extra fixed, extra deep, and extra remodeling. I’ll enterprise this. Realistically, nothing can exchange it. Nothing can exchange it — Bible reminiscence — in doing what it was designed to do, in forging a connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.
Rehearsing Uncountable Wonders
Closing testimony from Noël and me. On December 21, we celebrated our fortieth marriage ceremony anniversary. We went away for 2 days, and amongst different issues we learn — that is humorous — Psalm 40 and Isaiah 40. We talked. We talked concerning the yr and the years. That’s what anniversaries are for, proper? Past and future, taking inventory, regretting, repenting, resolving. And we thought again what number of occasions we had sat at a lunch, say at Eddington’s, or Famous Dave’s, or Leeann Chin, or Jimmy John’s. (This is our type.) We thought again what number of occasions we did our date lunch on Monday and we sat throughout from one another and rehearsed for half an hour the ache of the years, and the explanations for discouragement now, and we by no means as soon as quoted any Scripture in any respect.
Then we learn in Psalm 40:5. We paused and we stated, “We’ve never done this before. We are going to make a verse our year marriage verse.” We’ve by no means had a yr marriage verse (if we have now, I’ve forgotten it). We’re engaged on memorizing it, and for some motive I’m discovering it a troublesome verse to memorize. “You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us. None can compare with you. I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5).
“You will sink if you only listen to the voices of the circumstances that are giving you problems.”
Now right here’s the relevance. The variety of the wondrous deeds of God is uncountable. The variety of his ideas towards our marriage —his ideas as our Father towards us, our kids, our grandchildren, our marriage — the variety of these ideas is past counting.
And as a husband, although — this can be a little tiny exhortation right here to the boys — I imagine these lunchtimes of God’s silence is my fault. The primary accountability of a husband is to steer with the phrase of God. When a thousand causes are being collected and moped over for why we’re unhappy, it’s my job to rise and name down among the wondrous deeds of God, among the ideas of God, and proclaim them and inform of them. That’s what we determined we’d do. So you’ll be able to ask us in June or July, “How’s Psalm 40:5 going?” I went to my little Apple laptop, and I entered it as a each day reminder for each Monday at 11 a.m. in the yr.
His Better Voice
You will sink, of us — you’ll sink in your marriage, you’ll sink in your parenting, you’ll sink in your singleness, you’ll sink in your research when you’re a scholar — you’ll sink when you solely hearken to the voices of the circumstances which are providing you with issues. They communicate so loud, they usually don’t have anything good to say.
This is a really thick e-book. He has so many wondrous deeds and so many ideas in direction of his youngsters, lots of and lots of of ideas in direction of his youngsters. “I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5). Well, that’s my testimony and our marriage testimony. May the Lord make his phrase dwell richly this yr.