Should we allow the words of Christ to live within us? If so, how?
40 Days of Increase | Day 33
–by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
I’ve been working on memorizing Scripture. I am happy to say that there is one beautiful phrase that keeps replaying itself in my mind. I woke up with it today. I’ll tell you what that phrase is in a moment, but I want to set the stage. I had this little piece of a Bible verse lodged in my heart. I believe it was playing over and over in my heart all night long. That’s interesting, because they say mind never stops.
Psalms 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
This may be one of the greatest benefits of hiding God’s Word in our heart. Not only is there a decrease in sin, but we have this continual biblical reminder playing over and over again in our minds. I’ve had annoying songs repeat themselves in my mind, but this is not annoying. It is a blessing when the Word of God keeps circulating through my mind and heart. I know this is happening because of my feeble efforts to memorize Colossians 3:16-17.
When we memorize Scripture we allow Christ to live in us in a very deep way. And here is the portion of Scripture that’s been replaying in my head and heart:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
As I was thinking about what to talk about this morning, I think I’ve stumbled upon the hidden grand entrance to revival. The secret of revival hidden in plain sight.
- Let. Think of that first word, let. Allow, permit, give entrance to the word of Christ. Open the door of your mind, and heart, and soul and let Christ in. Remember Revelation 3:20, where Jesus says? Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. We have to allow His words in. It is our decision. Is this not the vestibule of revival? How could we as individuals or as a church experience all Christ has for us if we do not let His words in?
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you. If you let His words in, you let Him in. Christ is His words. Christ is the Word of God. John tells us in the beginning of the New Testament that. in the beginning was the Word. In the final book of the Bible He describes Jesus again as the Word: Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Jesus said His words were Spirit and that His words were life! How marvelous to allow Christ and His words into our mind, into our heart, and deep into our very being.
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you…richly. Like I said, the entryway to revival is right there. Richly. What a descriptive word. It is hard to imagine a word more full of abundance and increase. It is luxurious. That is how Christ ought to dwell in us, He is a king after all. And He is not just any king, He is King of kings. He ought to dwell in us richly. He ought to dwell in us often. He ought to dwell in us a lot! We ought to allow Him more than visitation rights. We ought to invite Him in day and night in a deep, rich way.
Well, that should be a good start for us today! And now, let’s conclude with the entire memory verse. Let’s try not to just get His words playing over and over in our head, let’s try to get His words to overflow into our heart and into our actions today. Amen?
Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Have a rich day in Christ.
HE MUST INCREASE
You are invited.
May God revive us through His Word.
All are welcome for our 2017 Spring Revival at Antioch.
Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 am
Sunday, March 26 at 6:00 pm
Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
Bible preaching: by Pastor Christopher Weeks
Special music each service.
Wednesday is youth emphasis night with the young people leading the service and providing the music.
Nursery for babies and young children provided each service.