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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Take His Word into Your Heart



God’s Word is truth, but it does not produce its truth in our lives if we don’t sow it in our hearts and guard it against the cares of the world and the lies of the enemy. 


Out of your heart comes life or death, blessing or curse. The belief you sow in your heart is what you will reap. It is what will bear fruit in your life. If you sow darkness and death in your heart, you reap its results. If you sow God’s light and life in your heart, you reap its results. Your attitude in life is how you think in your heart, and as you believe in your heart that is who you are. If you sow the incorruptible seed of God’s Word in your heart and guard it from the cares of the world and the deceit of the enemy, it will produce God’s truth in your life. And His truth will be who you are.


Just as in the natural world, an apple seed can only produce an apple, the seed of God’s Word ultimately produces its own kind. You sow His Word of peace, you will reap peace. You sow His Word of forgiveness, and you will reap forgiveness. You sow His Word of healing, you will reap healing. However, there is time involved in seed, time, and harvest. Often, when we don’t physically see God’s promise, we assume His Word is not working in us. Yet, if we guard His Word in our hearts, diligently remind, and encourage ourselves, we will eventually reap its truth.


We don’t need to make excuses for God’s Word. We don’t need to weaken its truth when we don’t physically see or experience what it has promised. The truth of God’s Word is received in your heart by faith. Faith is the ability to see something with your heart that cannot be seen with your physical eyes. Faith believes the truth of the Word and sows its truth into your heart. Faith conceives in your heart what God’s Word has promised you. Has a specific Word spoken to your heart? Is that Word a vision in your heart? Do your words speak life to His promise or speak death to His promise taking root in your heart?


“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).


The truth in 1 Peter 2:24 says that I was healed by the wounds Jesus took for me. I knew this Word, and I thought I truly believed it. But when I battled sickness for several months, I faced the fact that I didn't believe it.


“I don’t feel healed,” I said. “I know I have this sickness. I’ve been told I will have this illness for the rest of my life.”  


I identified with my sickness instead of agreeing with what the Word said was true about me. Then a friend gave me Proverbs 4:20-23, and I chose God’s truth for my life. There was nothing that I could do but put His truth in my heart and believe it. I chose to see myself prospering in health. I chose to believe it even when I couldn’t physically see or experience it. I chose to see my healing as truth. I still choose to see this Word as truth in my life even when I don’t physically see and experience it. It is God’s truth and it is uncompromising in what it promises. In life, I will always have experiences that come against God’s truth, but I believe in Him. I am who Jesus says I am whether I physically see or feel it.  


Proverbs 4:20-23 reads:


My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.

Keep your heart with all diligence

For out of it spring the issues of life.”


This Word is either truth or it’s not truth. What this instructs me to do and the result of that instruction is either true or not true. The Word of God is truth but it is only truth for me when I choose to take it into my heart as my truth. When we plant the incorruptible seed of God’s Word in our hearts and protect it from the cares of the world and the lies of the enemy, we find it is life to us. We see its truth in our hearts by faith. We have a vision of its truth in our lives. It is health to all our flesh because the Word says it is health to all our flesh.  


Believing the Word of God is life-changing. When we believe the Word, we conform to the truth it says about us. We agree with what it says about us. We don’t water the Word down because we don’t “see” its results in our lives. We believe it by faith. Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood that it was her faith that made her well. He told the centurion his servant was healed because as he believed for his servant, it was done. Jesus told the two blind men that according to their faith, it would be done unto them.


Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in your heart. Faith doesn’t need to see. Faith believes. It takes the Word at its own infinite value and believes in the evidence of things not seen. 


The Christian life is lived by faith. We don’t have to see with our physical eyes to believe. We believe in our hearts that God’s Word gives life. We don’t produce God’s truth in our lives. The Word of Truth reproduces itself. What is sown is reaped. We can’t “will” God’s truth to happen. Our efforts profit us nothing. Our part is to believe by faith in God’s Word. We give our complete attention to the Word and focus on it instead of everything around us. We renew our minds again and again with God’s truth. We draw His Word into the midst of our hearts. And during the whole journey from seed to time to harvest, His Word is found as truth no matter what the world or anyone says. Spirit, soul, and body are made whole by the truth of God’s Word.


God has promised you something in His Word. The cares of the world have tried to kill your faith. The enemy has come against it with lie after lie trying to steal it from your heart. Your own heart has condemned you and told you that you don’t deserve such incredible love from God. But God is greater than your heart.


Have you guarded His Word in your heart?  Have you reminded yourself of God’s truth again and again until the way you think and your attitude changes? Do you see the vision the Word of God paints in your heart?  If you allow your thoughts to paint a negative picture, you will not see in your heart what the Word has promised you. If you allow His Word to paint a picture of God’s truth on the inside of your heart, you will believe. And as you think in your heart, that is who you are. When you sow the truths of your life in Christ into your heart, you reap your life conforming to His.


Give undivided attention to God’s Word. It is the absolute truth and power of God to change your life. Take it into your heart. Mediate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to paint a picture of its truth inside of you. Guard the Word sown in your heart with all diligence because out of your heart spring the issues of your life. 


© 2024 Lynn Lacher



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