"...If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
John 8:31, 32
Abiding in His Word: A Closer Look!
"You have commanded us to keep your precepts,
That we should observe them diligently.
O that my ways were directed and established
To observe your statutes [hearing, receiving, loving, obeying them]."
Psalm 119:4 (Amplified Bible)
A Listening Attitude
"...all My words that I shall speak to you, receive in your heart and hear with your ears."
God speaks, I listen, for I know His voice.
I keep His words near, I remember what He tells me.
Day and night I meditate on them.
And soon they move beyond reason, beyond emotion; they enter my heart.
There I whet them, sharpen them, accept them, believe them; they settle down to stay.
They live in me, I live in them.
I wait. I remember. The moment may come rapidly or it may wait for many years.
But this I know -- one day He will call His words to sound forth from me, in praise, in thanksgiving, in prayer, in obedience, in works of righteousness.
O may the sound be pure!
"With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments.
Thy word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against Thee."
Psalm 119:10, 11