Summary: As I was learning how to parent my boys, I asked God to help me pass on what it means to be thirsty for God, what it means to love God’s word. He gave me this T.H.I.R.S.T.Y. acrostic.
Thirsty for God, For His Word?
Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God."
As I was learning how to parent my boys, I asked God to help me pass on what it means to be thirsty for God, what it means to love God’s word. He gave me this T.H.I.R.S.T.Y. acrostic.
T - THIRST
John 7:17 "If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.
Job 23:12 ""I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food."
Matthew 4:4 "But answering He said, "It has been written: 'The man shall live not by bread alone, but by every word coming out of the mouth of God.'"
H - HEAR
Mark 4:23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
Numbers 7:89 "Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to them."
Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."
I - INVESTIGATE
Acts 17:11 "Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true."
Proverbs 2:4-6 "If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God."
1 Corinthians 2:10 "But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."
R - REMEMBER & RUMINATE
Joshua 1:8 ""This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success."
Psalm 119:9 "How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
John 14:26 "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
S - STEP OUT
John 13:17 "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
James 1:22 "But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
Matthew 6:10 "'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven."
Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
T - TEACH
Isaiah 50:4 "The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple."
Ezra 7:10 "For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel."
2 Timothy 2:24-25 "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,"
Y - YIELDABLE
Psalm 40:8 "I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
James 3:17 "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."
1 Corinthians 14:32 "and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;"
Psalm 119:160 "The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting."
2 Peter 1:21 "For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."