Profiting From The Word -- AWP

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Rippon, Mar 22, 2007.

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    [It's a Pink-fest on the BB!]

    First , what are the objects before your mind in times of recreation ? What do your thoughts most run upon ? Second , what are the objects of your choice ? When you have to decide how to spend an evening or the Sabbath afternoon , what do you select ? Third , which occasions you the most sorrow , the loss of earthly things , or lack of communion with God ? Which greater grief ( or chagrin ) , the spoiling of your plans , or the coldness of your heart to Christ ? Fourth , what is your favorite topic of conversation ? Do you hanker after the news of the day , or to meet with those who talk of the altogether lovely One ? Fifth , do your good intentions materialize , or are they nothing but empty dreams ? Are you spending more or less time than formerly on your knees ? Is the Word sweeter to your taste , or has your soul lost its relish for it ?
     
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    The Scriptures and Obedience

    [ Some ] suppose that because their store of biblical knowledge has increased that they are more spiritual ... We feed on the Word only when we personally appropriate , masticulate and assimilate into our lives what we hear and read . Where there there is not an increasing conformity of heart and life to God's Word , then increased knowledge will only bring increased condemnation ... There is such a thing as spiritual dropsy , and multitudes are suffering from it . The more they hear , the more they want to hear ; they drink in sermons and addresses with avidity , but their lives are unchanged . They are puffed up with their knowledge , not humbled into the dust before God .
     
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    Has your study of the Bible made you more humble , or proud of the knowledge you have acquired ? Has it raised you in the esteem of your fellow men , or has it led you to take a lower place before God ? Has it produced in you a deeper abhorrence and loathing of self , or has it made you more complacent ? Has it caused those you mingle with , or perhaps teach , to say 'I wish I had your knowledge of the Bible' ; or does it cause you to pray , 'Lord give me the faith , the grace , the holiness Thou hast granted my friend , or teacher '?
     

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