A WORD FROM YOUR PASTOR

Beth   Psalm 119:9-16 says How can a young man keep his way pure?   By guarding it according to your word.  10 With my whole heart I seek you;  let me not wander from your commandments!  11 I have stored up your word in my heart,   that I might not sin against you.  12 Blessed are you, O Lord;  teach me your statutes!  13 With my lips I declare
all the rules
of your mouth.  14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.  15 I will meditate on your precept and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes;  I will not forget your word.”
  In v10…the psalmist fears wandering away from God’s commandments.  It isn’t necessarily that he’s worried about intentionally sinning against the Lord, but rather the disobedience and disfellowship that results from wandering away from His Word.   No Christian sets out to break the Law of the Lord.  If they do, it would be hard to say that they were indeed a Christian.    Our problem comes when we wander   When we allow other things in our life to take precedent over reading God’s Word, we will invariably wander from its truth.  It’s an inevitable occurrence.  We look up one day and realize that we’ve wandered away from Him so far, that we feel abandoned and alone.   Staying close to the Lord requires diligence and intentionality…and a desire to stay close.  If we don’t have those attitudes, we will ultimately, at some point, wander away from the Lord.  Spending regular time with Him in His Word is the only way to stay close.   If you realize that you’re in that position right now, and you feel distant from Him, don’t panic.  It’s easily remedied.    Open your Bible.  Begin to read.  Then pray and ask God to help make that action important to you.    Set aside a realistic amount of time each day to read your Bible, and stick to it.    The only way to avoid wandering away from the Word, is to regularly read it.     Hebrews 12:4-11 this week!  Read up!   Love you all, and I will see you Sunday!   Bro. Chris


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