“But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! I found this statement made by John Owen not long ago, and I frequently reflect on his wisdom. I pray it blesses you and stirs you to absorb the Word with
“Owen was by common consent the weightiest Puritan theologian, and many would bracket him with Jonathan Edwards as one of the greatest Reformed theologians of all time.” J.I Packer
“One great hindrance to holiness in the ministry of the word is that we are prone to preach and write without pressing into the things we say and making them real to our own souls. Over the years words begin to come easy, and we find we can speak of mysteries without standing in awe; we can speak of purity without feeling pure; we can speak of zeal without spiritual passion; we can speak of God’s holiness without trembling; we can speak of sin without sorrow; we can speak of heaven without eagerness. And the result is an increasing hardening of the spiritual life.
A man preaches that sermon only well unto others which preachers itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the food which he provides for others will scarce make it savory unto them.
If the word does not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us.”
Thank you, Lord, for Your Word which brings life to my mind, strength to my body, and sets my heart ablaze with awe and zeal for You. I desire to press into Your word so that my entire being is nourished with the Bread of Life. Lord, my your Word dwell with POWER in me so that it may pass with power from me whenever I testify of Your greatness. Amen.
In His grace,