Developing a Holy Obsession for the Word

Text: James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues (remains, stays, endures) in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

 What is obsession? Obsession is the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image or desire.

 Scriptural observations:

  • Repetition is the seed for mastery. James 1:25, “…and continue in it…” Whatever you do repetitiously, you become masterful at it. Repetition is the mother of habit. Repetition births Habit. What is habit?  Habit is a behavioural pattern acquired through repetition. Habit is never our enemy, but a divine gift from God to help us achieve our goals quicker. Habit is anything you do twice becomes easier. It is a divine intention that we form a habit of remaining and abiding in the law of liberty, which is the word of God.

It is the constant abiding in the word of God that allows the word of God to be rooted in your spirit. Then the rooted word of God in your spirit begins to birth faith in you (Roman 10:17). Faith comes when you repetitiously hear God speak. Your faith is created through constant hearing on the word of God. Deuteronomy 6:6-10; Deuteronomy 11:18-20

  • Holy obsession is a divine instruction .God’s expectation of us is that we develop an obsession for His word and His presence. Obsession is a combination of persuasion, passion and practise. Obsession is a different seed than desire. Desire is something that you want. But obsession is something you are unwilling to live without. Obsession is the key to significance. You will never have a significant success in anything that has not become your obsession. Joshua 1:7-8


Jesus was obsessed with the will of His father; He sat in the synagogue listening and asking questions from leaders for three days. “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?Luke 2:49.    In John 4:34,  “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”. He says in John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

Paul said to the church in Corinth, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

The Psalmist says, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).

Obsession is the elimination of alternatives and distractions. Obsession is the synchronisation of your focus, knowledge, energy, time, and money for a singular objective. God’s desire is that we develop a holy obsession for His word

  • What you choose to remember reveals what matters to you. Nobody forgets what really matters to them. God constantly scans our hearts and memories to identify what matters to us. Your memory is whatever you decide to celebrate. Anything you keep celebrating, you keep remembering. As you know, the purpose of celebration is to convey importance, difference, value of an event. Therefore whatever tops your memory list is the most important thing in your life. But God wants to top your memory list, and that is why we’ve been instructed not to be a forgetful hearer; but rather to begin to celebrate God and His word. When you start celebrating the word of God your memory becomes saturated with the word of God. You become grounded in your spirit by the word of God, whereby generating divine energy, peace and grace into your life.

Your interest and passion are revealed by the dominant subject in your memory. God wants to be the number one subject in your memory, for your benefit. Why? Whatever continues to dominate your mind is your future. God wants to be your future so that you can escape the unpleasant seasons of pain from the devil. H wants to be the dominant voice in your life. Your life is whatever you decide to remember. Your dominant memory is deciding your future. If resentment and anger are your dominant memory, you will create a future of pain and revenge.

Proverbs 4:20-23My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

  • The only proof of learning is ‘doing’. The only proof that you have learnt something is when it is done. Listening does not make you a learner; rather it makes you a listener. And a listener is not necessarily a learner. You become a learner when you start doing what you’ve been taught.

James 1:22 -24, “…But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was”

2 Corinthians 2:17-18, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

What matters to you in life? What is the most important habit in your life? What is your greatest obsession? Which direction have you focused your passion? What is it that dominates your memory? What have you chosen to celebrate? Where do you invest your most energy, time, and money? Whose voice is the authority in your life? Whose words have you choosing to believe with passion? Whose voice have you chosen to obey?

Ladies and gentlemen, until you develop a passion for the word of God, it is impossible to experience the fullness of the power of God in our lives. Your future will not be significant enough, until the word of God becomes your obsession.




  • Bez

    Reply Reply March 27, 2012

    Excellent Wale – well done. Very clear, practical and to the point. Bless u. :) Go guys…

    • Wale

      Reply Reply March 27, 2012

      Thanks Beryl,
      Trust you are doing well.

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