Date: October 16, 2013 10:40 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Applying Gods Word
Applying Gods Word
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
Scripture Focus: John 7:16-18
We've all seen bushes trimmed in geometric or animal shapes. They're called "topiary bushes." When gardeners grow a topiary bush, they install a wire shape and let the bush grow into it. Then they keep trimming the branches to make the bush grow in that shape. Trimming topiary bushes is tedious work, but it must be done regularly to keep the original pleasing shape.
Keeping sound doctrine is like that. Continue studying to make sure you believe the right things. Some think that because God's truth never changes, we never have to think about it once we have believed. But our world is always changing, challenging the way we apply God's truth to our lives. Without knowing it, we can end up with inaccurate beliefs.
Our beliefs are built on the solid truth of Jesus. We grow from Him like the topiary bush on its frame. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind." One way we love Him with our mind is when we consider what we believe and how we apply it.
Insight: How can we love God if we never think about Him and what He's said to us? Read His word today... and think about it.
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