I want to say something about “Rob’s Words”. Writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul says,
1 Corinthians 4:6-7 (CEB)
6 “Brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit. I’ve done this so that you can learn what it means not to go beyond what has been written and so none of you will become arrogant by supporting one of us against the other. 7 Who says that you are better than anyone else? What do you have that you didn’t receive? And if you received it, then why are you bragging as if you didn’t receive it?”
Over the last 22 years in ministry, from time to time I have shared little nuggets from the Word with fellow ministers of the Word. I remember one time in particular when a brother told me, “I like that; I’m gonna steal that from you!” I had to tell him,
“You can’t! It’s not mine in the first place. If it came from the Word, and you’ve heard and received it, then it’s yours. Use it!” (If it was “Robert Ringo Doctrine” it simply wouldn’t be worth two cents. But if it’s the Word of God, it’s priceless. And infinite.)
When I was in college, I was told, “If you really want to learn something, teach it to someone else.” Someone once told me that if I heard a joke I liked to tell it three times just after I heard it, and I’d remember it. Could it be that sharing of the Word will have the same effect on the memory?
Matthew 12:35 (KJV)
35 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
Build yourself an arsenal of the Word; when you face hard times and temptation, it’ll make a difference.
May I encourage you today to go and find something wonderful and beautiful in the Word of God, and share it with about three others…today?