Psalm 119:11 - Power in the Word!
I keep your law in my heart,
so that I will not sin against you.
Psa 119:11 (TEV)
Hiding (keeping) God's Word in our hearts is a deterrent to sin.
This alone should inspire us to memorize Scripture. But memorization
alone will not keep us from sin; we must also put God's Word to work
in our lives, making it a vital guide for everything we do. [Life
The promises spoken by the great Teacher will captivate the
senses and animate the soul with spiritual power that is divine. There
will grow in the fruitful mind a familiarity with divine things that
will be as a barricade against temptation.
The words of truth will grow in importance, and assume a breadth
and fullness of meaning of which we have never dreamed. The beauty
and riches of the word have a transforming influence on mind and
"The prince of this world cometh," said Jesus, "and hath nothing
in Me." John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to
Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did
He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ's humanity was
united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine
nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more
dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to
lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to
perfection of character.
And how this is accomplished, Christ has shown us. By what means
did He overcome in the conflict with Satan? By the word of God. Only
by the word could He resist temptation. "It is written," He said.
And unto us are given "exceeding great and precious promises: that
by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.
Every promise in God's word is ours. "By every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God" are we to live. When assailed by
temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the
power of the word. All its strength is yours. "Thy word," says the
psalmist, "have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."
"By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the
destroyer." Ps. 119:11; 17:4. DA123
There are many hundreds of thousands of books in the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. Books on countless subjects, by countless
people over hundreds of years. Some of those writings have been the
seed bed for philosophies, political parties, religious movements and
more. The writers have come and gone; most are no longer remembered.
God's Word is remembered because it IS His Word, and it WORKS. The
sad thing is, many of us don't pay any more attention to God's Word
than to any other book. In the Bible are the tools to enable every
believer to lead a victorious life. But day after day, the Bible sits
unopened. We must take that Word, read it, think about it and so devour
it that it feeds us. Memorize it! That Word transforms our thoughts
and actions. Christian, take it today and feed on it and put it in
your heart, that you might not sin against Almighty God, and partake
of the victorious life! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]