Learn the principles; stay within the boundaries; enjoy life

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Writing and Reading”
Our Bible verse for today: “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set your ordinances before me. I cling to your decrees; Lord, do not put me to shame. I pursue the way of your commands, for you broaden my understanding.” Psalm 119:30-32 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Learn the principles; stay within the boundaries; enjoy life”
The Bible is the most important form of written communication there has ever been and reading it is the most important form of reading we can engage in. As J.I. Packer wrote, and which I quoted in yesterday’s devotional, we need to know it forwards and backwards. We need to remain immersed in the entirety of God’s story by reading it cover-to-cover, and then reading it again and again; we need to do deep dives into it as we engage in serious study of individual books of the Bible; we must memorize key passages and verses; and we have to be intimately familiar with Biblical principles as they apply broadly to the full range of life issues.
If we want to know God, we must know the Bible. If we’re going to live in a way that obeys and honors God, we have to know His precepts, principles, and boundaries – and that is what the Bible does for us, it provides us with the boundaries within which God wants us to live.
This is a big beautiful world God has created for us, and life is filled with lots of adventures and choices. We have a great deal of freedom to choose for ourselves what we will do and how we will do it. God is not only okay with that, He prefers it. He didn’t design us to be a bunch of robots blindly obeying Him because we’ve been programmed to do so. Instead, He created us with free will and He has set before us a world filled with choices. Then, He gave us the Bible to guide us as we live in this world and as we make those choices.
So, live big. Live large. Have fun. Just stay within the boundaries. That’s what the writer of Psalm 119 meant in verses 30-32 (above). He was using the Word of God as His guide for living life, and then he just went and lived his life.
He went on in verses 33-37, “Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your statutes, and I will always keep them. Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart. Help me stay on the path of your commands, for I take pleasure in it. Turn my heart to your decrees and not to dishonest profit. Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.”
It’s as easy as that. Read your Bible; learn the principles; stay within the boundaries; and go enjoy life.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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