Episode 115 – Placing God’s Word Upon Your Heart

Sometimes the Bible speaks right to our hearts by encouraging or challenging us in just the right way. Other times, we walk away uninspired and discouraged, feeling like we didn’t get anything out of it. What do we do in those moments? In this episode, we explore the practice of placing God’s Word upon our hearts, so that when the time is right, and our hearts are ready, they will be available to us. Because the Bible wants to do something in us. It wants to challenge us. It wants to confront us. It wants to help us. But if we get discouraged and disengage, we will miss out on what God’s Word wants to do in our lives. And none of us want that to happen.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Do you agree that Biblical illiteracy is a major problem for followers of Jesus? Why or why not?
  • What are one or two specific ways you see followers of Jesus allowing the culture around them to define truth instead of the Bible
  • Sometimes the Bible hits us with exactly what we need to hear. When is a time that happened for you, and what did the Bible offer that you needed to hear so badly?
  • How do you relate to the idea that there are seasons when it feels like we don’t get anything out of reading the Bible?
  • Sometimes after our hearts have been broken open, words, passages, or truths from the Bible that we didn’t previously understand fall into us and make perfect sense. When has something like that happened in your life?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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9 Comments

  1. Sue Christian November 3, 2020 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Well said Brad.

  2. Cindy November 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Very good message. Can you expand on what it means to place God’s word on your heart?

    • Alex November 5, 2020 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Thank you for this! Can you share the passage mentioned where Jesus explains to His disciples the meaning of “on your heart”? I have not been able to find it but would love to read the whole passage.

    • Brad Gray February 10, 2021 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Cindy, for me, placing God’s Word upon my heart means being in the Bible on a regular basis, allowing God’s Word’s to permeate my life. His Word may not always have a stunning impact on me in that moment, but if I’m allowing His Words to permeate around me, then inevitably there will be times when something happens and His Word speaks into that moment because I’ve recently engage those Words of God from Scripture. So it’s about saturating our lives in the Word of God knowing that when we need His Words the most, they’ll be available to us. Furthermore, God’s Word is always shaping up, even if we don’t always perceive it.

  3. Lori Briesemeister November 4, 2020 at 9:20 am - Reply

    This message really sunk in even more today.
    At Peace Church here in Eau Claire, WI we are doing what is called “The New Testament Challenge”.
    Today I was reading Mark chapter 6 & as usual a verse will stand out to me.
    It was Mark 6:52. Often I have read the words “hardened heart” & because I feel challenged & inspired by Walking the Text I dug a little deeper because this concept of “hardened” impacts me. I looked up the Hebrew words for both heart (lev or leb) & it refers to a person’s desire, will, mind, or inner self. And hardened (hazag or chazag) & the root word is “to strengthen” . A hard heart is that The conscience can be seared & insensible; where truth makes no impression.
    So the disciples didn’t GET or understand who Jesus was, is! But as they experienced MORE time with the Living Word Jesus in time it finally sunk in – when their hearts were ready! Every day the Bible comes to life more & more – so I thank God for you, Brad for your willingness to respond to all that you are in Christ.

    • Brad Gray February 10, 2021 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing these thoughts, Lori. Very insightful.

  4. Sunny November 12, 2020 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Brad! May God bless you more. The teaching you taught Genius to Revelation last week was amazing and this teaching is amazing too. It is like a light switch on in a dark place and when the light is on it is easy to see everything and getting good understanding of the Bible.

    • Brad Gray February 10, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome, Sunny! Thank you for sharing this.

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