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Topic: DROP IN A BUCKET (10/24/19)
TITLE: DON’T MISS THE BLESSING!
By Henry Jaegers
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Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:43)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1: 1-3)
As I thought about the topic "drop in a bucket", many thoughts entered into my mind concerning the subject. One of the things that causes concern in my own heart is the superficial treatment that people, who claim to be Christians, give to the word of God. I learned from the outset, the importance of meditating on the word of God. It is the only method that I have ever used in preparing the message God has for his people.
There is a big difference between reading the Bible, and understanding what you read. Reading the Bible without understanding is merely a drop in the bucket. There is so much to understand about God and so little life to live, so why should we be so content with merely reading the Bible without experiencing the full blessing which meditating on the word of God brings. In regard to the verses I have quoted above, I would like to challenge all to think carefully about what these words say and how we can improve our understanding of God's word.
I have met many men who claim to be called of God to preach the word of God, yet very few of them know what it means to meditate on the scriptures. So let me share just a few items that will help us to receive the greater blessing promised by God in these verses.
The first step is reading. Reading carefully with the intent of finding something we never saw before. It starts with reading
The second stage is what I call reflecting. By this, I mean taking time to think about everything that the verses are saying. Read them in their context and try to determine from that what the central message is. So, meditating on the word of God involves reflecting and thinking carefully what is being said.
The third step in medicating is reviewing. As we get older, our memories seem to get shorter and review is what keeps us from losing these messages. When God spoke to Joshua, (Joshua 1:7), he told him to meditate on the Scriptures day and night and the purpose had the meaning of "review" in its.
The fourth step is the word responding. Surely there must be more to the Christian life than just reading. There must be application which results in action and that is where we get the word response.
So, let us not be content with the drop in the bucket when we can experience the blessings of a full bucket thro meditating, reading, and clearly understanding the truth of God's marvelous word.
• All scripture used is from the KJV (Authorized version).
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