Wednesday 13 October 2010

Day 24 of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

1. Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth.

2. Sanctification requires revelation.

3. The Bible says, "through the word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us."

4. When God speaks, things change.

5. Everything around you - all of creation - exists because "God said it."

6. Without God's word you would not even be alive.

7. God's word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever!

8. You should consider word as essential to your life as food.

9. God's word is the spiritual nourishment you must have to fulfill your purpose.

10. To be a healthy disciple of Jesus, feeding on God's Word must be your first priority.

11. The Bible must become the authoritative standard for your life.

12. The Bible must always have the first and last word in my life.

13. "every word of God is flawless."

14. "Everything in the Scriptures is God's word."

15. You choose the Bible as your final authority.

16. It is not enough just to believe the Bible; I must fill my mind with it so that the Holy Spirit can transform me with the truth.

17. Receive God's word when you listen and accept it.

18. Anytime you feel you are not learning anything from a sermon or a Bible teacher, you should check your attitude, especially for pride, because God can speak through even the most boring teacher when you are humble and receptive.

19. If you will read the Bible just fifteen minutes a day, you will read completely through it once a year.

20. If you cut out one thirty-minute television program a day and read your Bible instead, you will read through the entire Bible twice a year.

21. Daily Bible reading will keep you in range of God's voice.

22. Don't just keep it near you, read it regularly.

23. Researching, or studying, the Bible is another practical way to abide in the Word.

24. If God's Word is important, you will take the time to remember it.

25. Your memory is like a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it will become, and memorizing Scripture will become easier.

26.  Serious reflection on God's truth is a key to answered prayer and the secret to successful living.

27. We must become "doers of the word."

28. Jesus said, "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."

29. The best way to become a "doer of the Word" is to always write out an action step as a result of your reading or studying or reflecting on God's Word.

30. This action step should be personal (involving you), practical (something you can do), and provable (with a deadline to do it).

31. The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.

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