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They Are Not Idle Words

God told the prophet Ezekiel to eat the scripture. "'Son of man, eat what I am giving you-eat this scroll.' So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll."

(Notice that all Ezekiel had to do was open his mouth. He was merely a receiver.)

"'Eat it all,' he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey.

"Then he said, 'Son of man, go to the people of Israel with my message.'" (Ezekiel 3:1-4 NLT.)

The idea was that Ezekiel would digest the word and turn it into his own flesh so people would see the Word of God in a living body rather than on a dead parchment. This is the change that occurs when we receive the Word into our lives. People once again see the Word become flesh.

What Jesus wants is not simple imitation (as Ronald Rolheiser says, no one does Jesus very well anyway!) but Jesus wants to live through us as we receive His Word, His life. Then we become the living Word.

With His words in our spirits, we have His life. Without them, our spirits are dead, empty, lifeless. We realize the truth that Jesus taught: without His words, "you have no life in you" (John 6:53).

Dear Lord, when I come to the Word of God, I come to comprehend but also to allow the Word to become expressed through me.

"They are not just idle words for you--they are your life" (Deuteronomy 32:47).

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The Verse That Rescued Gwen

It was an anxious time for Gwen. She had just learned that her twins had epilepsy. She knew that God was in control, but worry crept into her life. Eventually she found it difficult to function as a mother.

Gwen was greatly convicted, for she knew that if she were truly trusting God, she should not worry. After trying unsuccessfully for some time to overcome her fears, she told her Heavenly Father she needed His help. Gwen resolved not to leave her room until she heard from Him. She prayed that He would bring to her mind the Scripture He knew she needed. She was sure the verse He would give would exactly meet her need.

This verse came to her mind: "Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16). She was filled with peace and joy. This verse covered all her needs.

As she meditated on this verse God revealed many things to her. Because He told her to take the shield, she understood her problems were not going to go away. A shield is to be carried during conflict. Secondly, a shield is meant to be turned in any direction as needed for protection. By this, she knew fear could spring from any direction at any time. Finally, God told her plainly that it was Satan who was sending all those fiery darts to plague her. She rested assured that God would always take care of both of her twins. After all He loved them even more than she did.

Many times through the years Gwen thanked her Heavenly Father for the way He not only met her needs, but for the way He provided for each of the twins! They both live very normal lives, and each of them has wonderfully happy spirits.

Thank You, Father, for knowing the exact words that heal our spirits.

"The Lord is good to those who put their hope in His unfailing love" (Psalm 147:11).

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Making His Word Yours

My friend Nancy said during a fast God told her to memorize scripture. Since then memorizing has not been a burden. In fact, it is so satisfying to her, she feels she is eating delicious food and loves using the memorized words in prayer. She doesn't try to learn whole chapters, but she selects several verses that are meaningful to her. I asked her how she memorizes, and she said she reads it over and over many times until she feels she can attempt to say it.

Our ability to memorize corresponds to our desire. We easily remember our addresses and phone numbers and most housewives can recall bargain prices at the supermarket because we use these things. We make the effort to remember what is important to us.

Spare moments are like spare change. We can choose to spend those moments on things that count for eternity. In most lives there is wasted time, such as time spent waiting in lines or for appointments. Much of this can be used in memorization if we have verses with us. To meditate when we read the Bible is wonderful, but to meditate day and night means we let His words revolve in our minds when we're driving the car or folding towels.

In deciding what to memorize, follow the hunger of your heart and the suggestion of the Spirit. If a passage has encouraged you, slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your thoughts. It is important to keep that portion of scripture before you throughout that day or the following days. Write out the verses on small cards and strategically place them throughout your living space. Have the cards available where you get dressed and take them with you throughout the day.

Your Words, dear Lord, are our best thoughts.

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (119:11).

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