October 16, 2017 –  Knowing Words of Truth – Pr. Jerri Dizol

Scripture:
The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.—Malachi 2:7

Observation:
Malachi was upset because although the priest’s were messengers of God, they still did not know the will of God. This caused people to go astray and live without the precious gift of God’s truth and knowledge of His plan for each of their lives.

Application:
Malachi’s warning to the priest’s then, should be a warning for us today. As pastors and leaders of our church, it is important for us to know the word of God. We cannot expect to lead people into a relationship with Christ, or counsel those who are struggling in life, if we ourselves don’t know His word. We must take our duties as leaders in the church seriously, knowing that we will be held accountable to God for them.

As I grew (and continue to grow) in the Lord, His words of truth became more real to me as I began to study and understand the word, and apply it to my own life. In my early days of ministry, I really did not know the importance of God’s word, and how beneficial it is to one’s walk and how it can be used to encourage others. I realized that not only was it crucial for myself but for my family and friends too. Knowing His word, it made it easier to talk with them about my faith, and how amazing it is to have a relationship with God.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for entrusting me as your servant. Thank you for guiding me through my journey with you and for never giving up on me. I pray that I would continue to be used by you to lead others to knowing and accepting you. Your word is truth and will always be a lamp for my feet. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus Name, Amen.