I should see myself addressed in every precept — and included in every promise.
But it is greatly to be feared that, through failure to appropriate God’s Word unto our own case and circumstances — there is much Bible reading and study which is of little or no real benefit to the soul.
Nothing else will . . .
secure us from the pollutions of this world,
deliver from the temptations of Satan, and
be so effectual a preservative from sin —
as the Word of God received into our affections. “The law of his God is in his heart — none of his steps shall slide” (Psalm 37:31) can only be said of the one who has made personal appropriation of the Word, and is able to say with the Psalmist, “Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (119:11).
Just so long as the Word is . . .
actually working in us,
influencing us in a practical way,
loved and revered by us,
and stirs the conscience —
are we kept from falling into open sin!
And only as we personally go out and daily gather our portion of manna, and feed upon the same — will there be strength provided for the performing of duty and the bringing forth of fruit to the glory of God. ~ Arthur Pink