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"A heart that hides Your Word so that sin will not come in…"
(from the lyrics of the worship song "A Pure Heart")

One amazing thing about the Sars virus is that no medicine and antibiotics can destroy it. It will have to die itself. The virus will attach itself to a living cell, called a host cell. It will invade and kill the normal cell and turn the cell's genetic material from its normal function to producing the virus itself.

When the environment permits the virus to live, it will multiply. But when the environment does not permit its growth by refusing it food nor hosting it nor allowing it to multiply, the virus will die its natural and quick death.

When a heart is so full of Sin, it has no room for the Son. But when a heart is so full of the Son, there is no room for Sin.

One early Christian, Ignatius of Antioch, faced martyrdom with great eagerness and hope. He wrote this to encourage the believers:

I hope to obtain by your prayers, the privilege of fighting with the beasts of Rome. Suffer me to be eaten by the beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of Christ. Entice the wild beasts that they may become my tomb, and leave no trace of my body. Then shall I truly be a disciple of Jesus Christ, when the world shall not even see my body.

When the world shall not even see my body. The world is not found worthy of such people. Truly, Ignatius was in the world, but not of the world! Undefiled and unstoppable! A true disciple of Jesus. No amount of wealth can convince him to do otherwise.

"A Rabbi asked 'since I have learnt the whole of Torah may I now study Greek philosophy?'", the reply came "'This book of Torah shall not depart out of your mouth but you shall meditate in it day and night (Joshua 1.8)', 'now go and search out at which hour it is neither day nor night and devote it to the study of Greek philosophy'" (Mishnah, Menachoth, 99b)

Studying the pure Word of God is a lost art in our Christian circles. We have so many other books and literature flooding our bookstores and libraries. The Holy Bible is often neglected and given a lesser priority. Without meditating on the pure Word of God, we will not learn the fear of the Lord as we do not have the Word written in our hearts. And we will have room for errors.

We have heard very often how some Christians and preachers use the name of the Lord to substantiate everything they say. "The Lord this" and "the Lord that". This is not being obedient to the third commandment which forbids taking the name of the Lord in vain.

The Word of the Lord can stand alone with or without the use of the name of the Lord. The book of Esther is one great example. Not once was the name of God mentioned throughout the whole book but the presence of the Lord was evident in all the verses and everything in between.

The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25:14). One evident fear of the Lord is the reverence and honour given to His name. When we have this fear of the Lord, we dare not do anything which is not worthy of His name. Fully occupied with Christ leaving no room for the evil one. Let Christ increases and let self decreases.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep His commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.
(Ecc 12:13)