Proverbs 4:20-21 - God's Word and Sanctification.

Proverbs 4:20-21 - God's Word and Sanctification.

Proverbs 4:20-21 (NIV) My son, pay attention to what I say; 
listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep 
them within your heart;  

Proverbs 4:20-21 (NLT) My child, pay attention to what I say. 
Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them 
penetrate deep into your heart,  

"The Second Thought"
   "To get the best out of life," said Pascal, "great matters 
have to be given a second thought." Meditation is just that - giving 
biblical truths a second thought. If you have been thinking that the way 
to get the best out of the Bible is by reading it, studying it, or 
memorizing it, then I urge you to think again. I have found that the way to 
get the best out of the Bible is by meditating on it.  
   Reading, studying, and memorizing the Bible are, in the main, 
intellectual exercises which bring spiritual results. Meditation is not 
primarily an intellectual exercise but a devotional exercise, a way by 
which the Word of God is carried into the spiritual digestive system 
so that it can be translated into spiritual nourishment and energy. 
   Be careful that you do not misunderstand me here. I am not 
saying that reading, studying, and memorizing the Bible are not 
important spiritual exercises. I strongly advocate them. But, it is 
possible to do all these things and yet fail to draw from the Scriptures 
the spiritual nourishment that God has put within them. This comes 
largely from meditation.  
   To ensure that this matter is crystal clear, let's go over it 
again: meditation is the process by which we take a text, thought, or 
phrase from the Word of God and roll it around in our mind, passing it 
backward and forward, letting it go out of conscious thought, bringing it 
back again into consciousness, prodding it, absorbing it, admiring it 
over and over again until its inherent power pervades our whole 
personality. God has gone into His Word, and God has to come out of it. 
Meditation is the way.  
   O Father, if great matters need a second thought, then help 
me to slow down and take time to meditate on the truths that are 
contained in Your precious word. For Jesus' sake. Amen. [Every Day With 
Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotionals] 

2 Corinthians 3:18 (TNIV) And we all, who with unveiled faces 
contemplate the LORD's glory, are being transformed into his image with 
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the LORD, who is the Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) So all of us who have had that veil 
removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord--who is 
the Spirit--makes us more and more like him as we are changed into 
his glorious image. 

When the people of God look into the Word of God and see the 
glory of God, the Spirit of God transforms them to be like the Son of 
God. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

   Let My love enfold you in the radiance of My Glory. Sit still 
in the Light of My Presence, and receive My Peace. These quiet 
moments with Me transcend time, accomplishing far more than you can 
imagine. Bring Me the sacrifice of your time, and watch to see how 
abundantly I bless you and your loved ones. 
   Through the intimacy of our relationship, you are being 
transformed from the inside out. As you keep your focus on Me, I form you 
into the one I desire you to be. Your part is to yield to My creative 
work in you, neither resisting it nor trying to speed it up. Enjoy 
the tempo of a God-breathed life by letting Me set the pace. Hold My 
hand in childlike trust, and the way before you will open up step by 
step. (Heb. 13:15; 2 Cor. 3:18; Psa. 73:23, 24) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Take Time To Be Holy. The word holy does not mean 
goody-goody; it means set apart for sacred use. That is what these quiet 
moments in My Presence are accomplishing within you. As you focus your 
mind and heart on Me, you are being transformed: re-created into the 
one I designed you to be. This process requires blocks of time set 
aside for communion with Me. 
   The benefits of this practice are limitless. Emotional and 
physical healing are enhanced by your soaking in the Light of My 
Presence. You experience a nearness to Me that strengthens your faith and 
fills you with Peace. You open yourself up to receive the many 
blessings that I have prepared for you. You become a cleansed temple of My 
Holy Spirit, who is able to do in and through you immeasurably more 
than you ask or imagine. These are just some of the benefits of being 
still in My Presence.  [2 Thes. 1:10; Psa. 27:4; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 
3:20] Jesus Calling by Sarah Young  








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