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Weekly Wisdoms for the week of February 20, 2017

The way you know you've been given life, hope, and a future is when you begin giving those away to everyone else.

When you get something that you really love, you can't help but tell other people about it. For example, if you get a really cool new car, everyone around you will hear about it. When you meet an amazing person, you can't help but tell others about him or her. You're not making a deliberate effort to talk about that person; rather, it just seems totally natural to want to talk about him or her.

In the same way, if you've experienced God's miraculous work in your life (e.g., salvation), you don't have to try really hard to force yourself to tell others about God; it just comes naturally—it's what you want to do. What He did for you was so great that you want to brag about Him. But in order to come to the point in life where you can't help but talk about God, you first must experience the greatness of God. As the psalmist says, you need to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

Ingest and digest God's glory. It's interesting that the psalmist used tasting rather than seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling. Notice that out of the five senses, only when we taste something do we actually get it inside of us. We're not supposed to just hear about God's glory or see his glory at a distance, we need to taste God for ourselves.

Let God get in you and become a part of your identity. Then, when people see you, they'll recognize that you look a lot like Jesus because you'll be giving them the same thing He gave you—life, hope, and a future.

Knowing God's Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from knowing His Word.

God has given us His Word as a guide for our life. However, His Word won't help us if we don't study it, know it, and live by it. Therefore, we must diligently study and apply God's Word if we wish for it to have an impact on our lives.

Jesus promised, "If you abide in My word ..., you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32, AMP). That's a promise that if we abide in His Word, we will know the Truth, because His Word is the Truth.

So it makes sense that God told the Israelites, "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8).

Joshua later repeated a similar instruction: "Be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left" (Joshua 23:6).

Why is it so important to follow God's Word? Because His Word keeps us from turning aside to the right or to the left; it keeps us on the straight and narrow path that leads to life (see Matthew 7:13-14).

Therefore, abide in His Word, because His Word will keep you from sin.

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