Part of ABIDING is DWELLING.
DWELL – It means to REMAIN – ABIDE – TO SIT — In Hebrew, usually used in the Old Testament, the word translated DWELL is Yashab, which means to sit, to sit down, to be seated, dwell, abide.
To DWELL IN THE WORD simply means — to SIT with it – be SEATED with it – to ABIDE with it.
Let the Word of Christ DWELL in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Let the Word DWELL in you RICHLY!
We get to choose how we will DWELL IN THE WORD. God doesn’t force his Word on us. I love that about him. In the above verse it uses the word LET – a choice on our parts. LET yourself dwell richly. LET yourself sit with the word richly! We have to make a conscience choice to DWELL in the word and we have to make a choice to LET it DWELL richly in us. God knows how good this is for us, he knows how good it is to sit with the word, to meditate on it, to get it in our hearts. This is part of ABIDING in the vine. God gives us his Word so we can be transformed. He gives us his Word so we get closer to him in an intimate relationship. To become more like Him.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives (NLT)
I love the New Living Translation of Colossians 3:16. The message of Jesus, the bible, is SO RICH – It’s his message of LOVE to us. From cover to cover God’s Word is filled with messages of LOVE, GRACE, MERCY and FORGIVENESS. Christ’s message to us is so beautiful and it should fill our lives. Sometime we tend to choose other things to fill our lives with, WHY? Why do we bypass the best thing?
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives!
FILL YOUR LIVES…
How can we FILL OUR LIVES with the Word. Simply put, we need to HUNGER and THIRST for it. We have to view it as if we would die without it! We fill our lives with SO MUCH each day, but the best thing we can fill our schedules with is the WORD, DWELLING with it and ABIDING with the Lord, getting CLOSER to him! Opening up the scriptures and meditating on them is what Jesus himself would say is THE BEST THING!
How are you maneuvering the BEST THING in your life? Pause a few moments and ask the Lord to search your heart.
I came up with an easy way to remember to DWELL in the WORD and DWELL with the LORD:
Discover the Word.
Walk with the Lord.
Enjoy the presence of the Lord, our dwelling place.
Let your heart trust.
Listen to the lord – This is the key to life.
When we want to know something, we dive in and educate ourselves, don’t we?
To DISCOVER the Word, we must open the bible and start reading the precious Word of God. This is one of the ways that we get to know God. We DISCOVER our Father’s character, what he likes, what he doesn’t like. It’s a treasure for us, a beautiful treasure!! Do you treasure God’s Word? It’s a question I must ask myself too. Do you hunger and thirst for it, wanting to devour it?
When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Jeremiah 15:16
That word DEVOUR has this meaning — To eat up; to eat with greediness; to eat ravenously, as a beast of prey, or as a hungry man. Devouring the WORD OF GOD is eating it up, greedily eating it up as ravenously — as a hungry man(woman)! This is where we start. We DISCOVER the WORD and DEVOUR it! God’s words need to become our JOY and our HEART”S DELIGHT!
How do we WALK WITH THE LORD? I believe that walking with the Lord is staying in close communion with him. When two people walk together they are usually side by side, not ahead or behind. I think it’s like that with God – walking beside him. Learning and listening to him, forming a relationship with him. Walking together can create intimacy. We can connect with him. When we walk with the Lord we want to please him, we want to obey him and trust him as he guides us along the way.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught.
ENJOY THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD! We need the presence of the Lord in our lives. We need him close by. In fact, without his presence our lives can be disarrayed, out of sorts. Moses knew about this. Having the presence of the Lord was very important to him.(Exodus 33:15) It should be to us too! There is JOY, DELIGHT and PLEASURE in his presence. We are blessed when we enter into his presence.
Here are a just few scriptures in the Psalms about God’s presence. Take some time and look them up — Psalm 21:6 – Psalm 16:11 – Psalm 140:13 – Psalm 73:28
LET YOUR HEART TRUST! My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 where is says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Trusting in the Lord is so important. It shows him how much we want to follow him. How much we love him.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. John 14:1
Jesus would never tell us something that was impossible. In the above verse Jesus is saying to trust in God and to trust in him. Our hearts don’t need to be troubled when we are trusting our Father and our Savior. God’s word is full of promises to us. Our faith walk is trusting in those promises that are given to us believers. It’s aligning our faith with trust. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith and trust go hand in hand,
LISTEN TO THE LORD! Are you being still enough to listen to the Lord. As you open the word, walk with the Lord, enjoy his presence and trust him, he is speaking. He is speaking loudly. We have to slow down enough, DWELL long enough to hear him. When we SIT and REST with the Lord we commune with him. When we commune with the Lord we hear him. Maybe not is an audible voice but in other ways. This is hard for many. I get this questions a lot. “How can I hear from God, He never speaks to me?” God speaks to me in different ways — through his word, circumstances, other believers. But the biggest thing I must do, is position my heart to hear. Slow down long enough to hear him! Begin to pray and ask God to speak to your heart, I believe he will. Seek him and listen.
I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Psalm 85:8
How are you DWELLING IN THE WORD and WITH THE LORD? These are two very important questions to ponder this weekend. I want to be a DWELLER. I want my life to DWELL. Remember what it means to DWELL — To SIT and ABIDE. What can you change in your life to sit more with the Word and to abide more with the Lord?
Psalm 91:1—”He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
FREE PRINTABLE — To help us remember to DWELL in the Word and with the Lord, I have created this PDF document file to print off. DWELL – ABIDE SERIES – PRINT – Just click on the link and enjoy.
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