A Holy Spirit vocabulary

I’ve been convicted.

I listened to an MP3 from the Discipleship Library of a talk given by Max Barnett a few days ago, and the simplicity of his points really hit home with me.

Barnett was the BSM director at OU for years. He has since retired and, among other things, directs the college ministry program at Southwestern Theological Seminary here in Fort Worth.

In his talk, he challenged his audience with two simple things it takes to be a disciple maker. Have a daily devotional. Memorize scripture.

I know. It’s profound. But I’m convinced that too often as followers of Jesus Christ we major in the minors. We talk about big goals for what we want to accomplish. We debate theological intricacies of how others should live, while all the time, we’re neglecting our relationship with God and our knowledge of His Word.

Max said that when we memorize scripture we give the Holy Spirit a vocabulary. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Scriptures. Getting them in our head allows God to bring them up whenever we need them.

So, Max’s talk led me to do to things (after all, why hear something great if we’re not going to do anything about it?). I’ve tweaked how I do my daily devotional, and I’m going to pick up scripture memory again. The goal, one verse (or section of scripture) a week. I’ll keep each verse and review it every day for two months. That means at any given time, I’ll never have more than eight verses to work on.

I appreciated another point Max made as well. This isn’t about legalism. It’s about discipline. I don’t have to do anything to earn my way into heaven or earn grace. That was done through Christ on the cross and my accepting His truths. But discipline is a decision flowing from a relationship. It’s a choice to step closer to Him.

So, I think I’ll post the verse I’m working on each week here. Since I’m taking an Old Testament class right now in seminary, the first few are going to be from what we’re studying. We’ll see where it goes from there.

Here’s the first:
Isaiah 53:4-6

4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere :).

One response to “A Holy Spirit vocabulary”

  1. What great words of wisdom! Max Barnett does have a great way of reminding us of the basics that we so easily forget. Thanks for taking the time to write these things and remind me!

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