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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV

Moses had reminded Israel of all God had done for them. And he challenged them not to turn away from God as many had done in the past. And then, in these verses, he encouraged Israel to make God’s words to them a central part of their lives. This instruction from Moses to Israel is still very appropriate for us today. Keep God’s word close to your heart and mind. Pass it on to your children. And talk about his word whenever you are together. There is never an inappropriate time to share the word of God.

I am not an ancient Israelite who saw and experienced the miracles of God during the Exodus and wilderness wanderings. But God has redeemed me from my sinful past and has walked with me now for many years. I have seen and experienced his love and mercy in many ways. Plus, I have his word, the Bible, that he has given me to help me know him better and to help me as I walk with him.

It is important to make God’s word a priority in our hearts and minds. Passing on to our children and grandchildren what he has taught us and done for us. And sharing those things with other believers when we are together. That we so often fail to do that is reflected in our own spiritual struggles, in failing to pass on our faith to our children, and in superficial relationships with other believers. Nothing in my life should be more significant than what God is doing. So why should he not be at the center of my conversation?


The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

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A Clay Jar contains the thoughts of Ed Jarrett, a clay jar (2 Cor. 4:7) that God has filled and called to serve his church. The posts found here are mostly in the form of daily devotions based on the inspired word of God. My prayer is that you will find these encouraging and helpful in your walk with our Lord.

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