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Have You Passed Your Mid-term Exam?
It's that time of the year when students everywhere are finishing up their week of mid-term exams and greatly anticipating a week off from school for spring break.  Whether you realize it or not, everyday as you receive Bible messages from Walking In Truth Ministry, you are given instructions and assignments from the Holy Ghost. As it does for all students in school, the time of testing comes - to determine which truths from the Holy Scriptures that you have learned and applied to your life. 
At this point in time, the Holy Ghost is after a few things in your walk with Christ. They can be summed up in the following objectives -
1) Be Filled With The Spirit
Ephesians 5:18 says - "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit."
You should be filled with ecstatic exhilaration as one filled with wine. You should constantly labor for a plentiful measure of the graces of the Spirit that will fill your soul with great joy, strength, and courage.
2) Let Your Heart Overflow With Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs
Ephesians 5:19 says - "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
You should constantly be under the influence of the Holy Ghost - causing you to sing songs of praise or songs which express spiritual emotions. These songs should be sung heartily...with grace...with the glory of God in view...and with a design to please Him.
Adam Clarke made this comment about the manner in which some sing before the Lord - "It is too often the case that in public worship, men are carried off from the sense of the words by the sounds that are put to them. And how few choirs of singers are there in the universe whose hearts ever accompany them in what they call singing the praises of God."
The People's New Testament added this remark - "Too much singing in the churches is only of the lips."
3) Overcome Selfishness By Constantly Giving Thanks
Ephesians 5:20 says - "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
You should constantly keep up in your heart a lively sense of the mercy and goodness of God. Out of this practice will flow thanksgiving to Him for His generous mercies to mankind in creation, providence, and redemption as well as for all the happiness which He permits them to enjoy.
Personally, you should give thanks for all things - for spiritual blessings and things temporal. At all times - in times of adversity, desertion, temptation, affliction, persecution, as well as prosperity - thanks is to be offered to the Father of all mercies Who is the Source of all blessings. Whether you find yourself on the bed of affliction or on the bed of down, He knows what is best for you. He may allow hard times for a "season," but never forget that He is the One Who daily loads you with benefits. His bounties are unmerited. You don't deserve one of them.
Barnes' Notes had these insightful comments to make - "We are often prone to magnify our calamities, and to contemplate the woes of the race, that we overlook the occasions for gratitude; and we should, therefore, look upon the 'mercies' we enjoy as well as the miseries which we endure, that our hearts may be right."
"He who looks only on his trials will soon find his mind soured and complaining; he who endeavors to find how many occasions for gratitude he has, will soon find the burden of his sorrows alleviated, and his mind tranquil and calm." 
4) Continually Treasure The Word Of God In Your Heart
Colossians 3:16 says - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom..."
You should lay up the Word or Doctrine of Christ abundantly, largely, or plentifully in your heart. This practice entails searching into it...carefully attending to it...diligently reading and frequently meditating upon it - until it has a fixed and established abode in your heart. It must dwell in your heart as a Master and not as a servant. In other words, it must be the One that keeps house.
Matthew Henry made the following statements on this verse of Scripture - "The word of Christ must dwell in us, not in all notion and speculation, to make us doctors, but in all wisdom, to make us good Christians..." "Many have the word of Christ dwelling in them, but it dwells in them but poorly; it has no might, force, and influence upon them."
5) Teach & Admonish Others With That Which You Have Learned
Colossians 3:16 says - "...teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Since you have the indwelling Word hidden in your heart and you have learned to instruct yourself, you should be always ready or on hand to teach and instruct others. 
6) Hunger For God's Presence In Your Life, Home, & Church
Colossians 3:16 says - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom..."
If you want the anointing on your life and ministry, then you must richly treasure God's Word in your heart. 
Adam Clarke explained it in this way - "In whatever place the Law is, there the Shekinah is present with it." "...wherever God's word is seriously read, heard, or preached, there is God Himself, and in that Church and religious society where the truth of God is proclaimed and conscientiously believed, there is the constant dwelling of God."
Here is your Mid-term, take-home exam. It involves six objectives in your walk with Christ. After studying it through, you need to ask yourself the following questions -
  • What have the Bible messages that I have received over the past days, weeks, months, or years done for my life and soul?
  • Am I you allowing the Word of God to mold and shape me? 
  • Can others sense a greater measure of God's Presence in my life as a result of the serious place that I have given to His Word?   
One last question - did you pass your exam?
May God Bless His Word. 
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