The Importance of Practicing the Scriptures – PART 2 (Psalm 119:32)
Psalm 119:32, I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
The Lord energizes us for His work through His Word. Consistency in our Bibles helps us run with the work He has given us. It helps us put aside what entangles us and serve God more effectively and efficiently. Without the nourishment of Scripture, we easily lose steam. We become spiritually winded and require more rest, more time away from the active pursuit of Jesus’ earthly work. We will be slow and begin lacking energy and will.
What happens when we refuse to read the Bible?
2. Your Service Becomes Deflated (Psalm 119:32).
Frances Chadwick was one of the great open water swimmers of all time. She was the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions, and she also broke the time records for making the long and difficult swim. In 1952, she set out to cover the twenty-six miles from Catalina Island to the coast of California.
After Chadwick had been swimming for about 15 hours, she was surrounded by a thick fog and began to struggle. She told her mother, who was in one of the boats accompanying her on the trip, that she didn’t think she could make it. After struggling a little longer, she gave up. It wasn’t until after she got in the boat that she learned she had only been one mile from shore. The next day she told an interviewer: "I’m not excusing myself. But if I could have seen the land, I think I might have made it."
Two months after her failed attempt, Frances Chadwick was back in the water to again attempt the swim from Catalina to California. Again the fog set in after she had been swimming for hours, but this time instead of quitting, she pushed on and reached the shore. Regardless of how much fog surrounding you, stay in the water.
I Corinthians 15:58, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. So often we fall short of doing what we should for God because we get discouraged and lose heart just before we would have seen the victory. We must not be impatient when we do not see results immediately. The fact that we have not yet received the promises of God does not mean that we will not—every promise of God is certain from the moment He made it, whether it has yet come to pass or not.
This was PART 2, visit the website tomorrow for PART 3.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, help me to be patient and to keep my eyes fixed on You as I run the course. At times, weariness has tried to attack me, and other outside pressures have made me feel tempted to throw in the towel. But I will not surrender to any pressure to bend, break, or bow out. The Holy Spirit will empower me to hold tight, hang on, and remain steady and steadfast. I pray this in Jesus’ name!
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