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September 12, 2004

Is IT in You?

Selsten, Germany

“Oh – I long that my life be so full of the words of the bible – that if my skin were pricked, my blood would be bibline.” ~Jonathan Edwards

We have seen the Gatorade promotion – “Is IT in You?” The runner is sweating a bright orange sweat; the quarterback drips with blue or green – the color of that drink that will refresh and rejuvenate the body. It is a great visual coupled with the question – “Is IT in You?”

What a tremendous question to ask ourselves if we turn now toward our souls? The Word of God – is IT in you? Do we hunger and thirst for righteousness? 2 Peter 3:18 says, “GROW in Grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” This knowledge of Him comes through knowing His Word, and this Grace is found in message of salvation – the message dripping from every page and chapter of the Holy Word. Is IT in you?

“Let the Word of God dwell in you richly...” ~Col 3:16
Is IT in you?

Too often our Sunday worship fades quickly to our Sunday afternoon draining of life upon plasma screens of nonsensical illusion and drama. The NFL pre-game show of grown men excited and emotionally wrapped in debate on statistics, foretelling of outcomes, scores, and points of view once again becomes the scene of the sacrifice of the pig where the idol is made by its skin and tossed around in worship.

Oh – if we would only put half the creative mind and energy into the pursuit, discussion, and striving of faith, doctrine, theology, life, and love for the souls of men as we do toward football, what joy and healing there would be in the church! What impact we as a body would have on this world for the Glory of God! Oh how I long for the conversation to be turned when those who will not discuss the magnificence of God’s character ask what I think of so-and-so returning to the game, or what such-and-such an outcome will be for a series. Why not the sharpening and sparing involved in exhausting a scripture on the character of God and the excitement of the focus on our royal and eternal inheritance in Christ! Let us be strange in this world with this insatiable hunger for heavenly discourse and the very Words of God!

Is IT in you?

I too stand guilty, for I easily acquiesce and submerge my mind into the dulling gravel of bland and dry conversation to pass the hours supposing eternity. Let us thirst for God’s Word. Let us so long to be filled with it while we know it is our only source of strength and endurance.

Is IT in you?

“Keep my commands and live, and my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your finger – write them on the tablet of your heart.” ~Proverbs 7:2,3


Blogger mattharmless said...

I couldn't agree more!

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi dan,
i don't know if you remember me, but i was going through my cd's the other day, came across yours and thought, "i wonder what he's up to these days!" so, after a quick search on google, ta-da! and here we are! just wanted to say hello and that i'm so happy to know that you're still singing and writing and pursuing Jesus. and in europe of all places! good stuff! i trust God is blessing your ministry. thanks for the "blog" message too... a much-needed reminder. take care.
stephanie ratcliff

10:16 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I'm thankful we are actively involved in this spiritual sharpening and sparing when you come home. I only wish you were here more often.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My <>< Brother,
Love the Edwards quote. It is my prayer so often to see every women and every man hear in the KMC community hunger and thrist for the righteousnes in the Word of God. If only we fully understood its power.

Hebrews 4
12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

It lives, It is is powerful, a sharp weapon, it pierces and divides both inner and outer man,it discerns (meaning judges). The physical gift of God to his children. Yeah Jesus!
Psalm 56
10In God (I will praise His word),
In the LORD (I will praise His word),

8:05 PM  
Blogger crawlsakchristian said...

Thanks for the encouraging messages in your music, and on your site. I have learned so much from you in the past few days. Thank you for the chanlenge to GROW in the Word.

1:22 PM  
Blogger crawlsakchristian said...

Thank you for the awesome encouragement in your web site and music. the encouragement to stay in the Word is very convicting and I appreciate what you do to help others grow.

1:26 PM  

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