You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, October 20, 2013: Fully Devoted: Knowing and Obeying Scripture, part two {LISTEN HERE!}

by Andrew Kelley

I’ve applied pressure to my gas and brake pedal to go and stop. I’ve added weights to my dumb bell bars to grow my muscles. I’ve deposited money into a checking account to increase funds.

If you stop and think about it, we are always applying something in the most physical sense. We even apply things emotionally and mentally. But do we apply the Word of God to our lives? Do we pick it up and carry it with us. Do we carry our Sword of defense into battle “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms …”? (Ephesians 6:12)

Without application, without the picking up of the Sword, the Word of God becomes a book on our shelf. It becomes ordinary — just like one of the aforementioned things. Instead of adding to our armor, we remain defenseless against that which opposes the truth of God.

About 11 or so years ago, my mentor challenged me to focus on reading the Bible every day. Already being taught to pray before reading and meditate on scripture, I dove in. Let’s just say God did something truly astounding in a year and a bit; every time i opened my Bible, which happened to be at least once a day, I got something new and life changing from Him Word.

Every single day God showed me Himself through His Word!

Psalms 119:11 is one of my favorite Psalms, and I am reminded to pray that I would apply scripture to my heart so no one or nothing can ever strip it from me. Someone once told of a guy — a friend of a friend — who could only speak the Scripture. He mumbled and could not be understood when asked a specific question, but when he quoted scripture, he spoke clearly so everyone could understand. Now that’s incredible and shows me God is serious about this book we so many times take for granted.

I completely agree with Pastor Joe’s encouragement to memorize scripture because we never know when we can’t pull out our Bibles or Bible apps. And I believe there will come a day when we or a generation to come will be stripped of our freedom here in this nation.

Yes, we have each other, and even better we have the Holy Spirit, but how do we go to battle without the Sword? What would we do with the sword that was given to us to do so many things.

Application of the Word of God is just as serious — it’s a defibrillator to a heartbeat-less person. I can honestly say when I miss my daily reading and meditation and then happen to get my Bible out, I think to myself, “why have I left you on my shelf for so long?”

Then I begin to read and dig and ponder, feeling like I’ve missed out. I don’t want to be missing my Sword in this battle we call life. Let’s pick up our Swords, soldiers! Let’s apply His Word to our lives!

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

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