Study Material: John 17:17
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Matthew 6:13a is a part of the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus asks God to lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. One of the ways that we are expected to be delivered from evil is what we discussed yesterday, which is to guard our hearts. The Word of God is a critical tool in guarding our hearts. It is a security guard for the heart.
David said, thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (Ps 119:11). When the Word of God is in our hearts and fully saturates it, our hearts will not have space for evil. Our hearts would be sanctified, set aside, off limits and untouchable by the evil one – Satan.
Our major shortcoming is that we sometimes think that we already know the Word. We slip up on going to church every Sunday, Bible studies during the week, but most importantly, personal time with the Bible and hearing from God. If we focus on all of those, our hearts would be fully guarded. There is no better security guard for the heart than the Word of God. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Do not allow yourself to be consumed with things that do not edify.
Homework: Pray and ask God for the strength to fully saturate your heart with the Word of God.