Don’t Forget The Most Important Thing

I will not forget your Word.–Psalm 119:16 I forgot my cell phone today. At times during my day, it was inconvenient to have to use a landline when it would have been so much faster and quicker to just make a call with my cell phone. While forgetting my cell phone was a minor nuisance, forgetting God’s word is another matter.  Without it, I lose my sense of  direction and don’t know which way to go.  With it, I have a clear purpose for living. I need to be intentional about making God’s word the main priority of my life.  It’s not really the top priority or one of the top ten on a list of important things to do daily to be successful. Rather, it’s the main one of all. That means everything else in my life is filtered through it.  It permeates and saturates all the other priorities so that God’s word infuses every part of my life.  It’s kind of like baking a cake. That aroma of an almost-finished cake seeps through the house and fills every room so that it beckons me to find my way to the kitchen and have a slice as soon as it comes out of the oven.  That’s how God’s word should overwhelm us with it’s goodness and sweetness. It should have an undeniable impact on literally every aspect of our lives. It’s daily as well as moment-by-moment living that follows the Lord’s ways. It’s constantly abiding within the plan of God. And it organically becomes an overriding influence on my Christian walk so that it all naturally aligns with God’s word. A follower of Jesus that...

How We Remember The Fish

How we remember the fish that we used to eat in Egypt for free! And the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic!–Numbers 11:5 The Israelites could only remember the amazing fish in Egypt.  Their selective memory glamorized the few good times without speaking the whole truth about the horrible treatment they received from their oppressors. Instead of being grateful for the manna from God, they continually grumbled about this heavenly food that the Lord delivered practically right at their doorsteps. Talk about a fresh, healthy, and definitely, organic diet! How easily I can adopt their same attitude of discontentment and criticism.  Whenever I feel the need to complain, I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict me on the spot and remind of the Lord’s unending loving-kindness, which is the Hebrew, “chesed”. God has always been faithful to me and He only deserves my highest praise! Ingratitude and complaining have no place in the life of a child of God. Prayer for today: Dear Heavenly Father:  You are full of compassion and mercy in all You do.  Everything Your hand provides is a blessing.  It’s undeserved.  Forgive me if I should ever look back and imagine a life far from You that might bring satisfaction and happiness. True joy is found only in pursuing a daily walk that fears the Lord.  May my every word, thought, action, and decision glorify Your holy name. In Jesus’ name I ask all this,...

Favor from God

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.–Psalm 84:11 The Lord gives direction and protection to those that seek Him. It is beautiful to see God’s favor shine on the life of a Christian. He does not hold back His blessings on those who walk in fear of God and according to His ways.  The Lord is concerned with every detail of our lives–even the parts that we don’t know about yet. Gracious God: All good things come from you.  They are given because You are good and loving.  I thank you for compassion and kindness. May my life continually bring you glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen...

At the Feet of Jesus

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”–Luke 10:41-42 The Lord approved of Mary’s wise choice, but wasn’t at all impressed with Martha trying to get everything perfect. He said that what Mary was doing will never be taken from her. She was making a decision on earth that would have eternal rewards. A prayer for today: Lord,  Give me a heart like Mary’s that seeks you above the endless distractions of this life.  Teach me to desire only one thing:  time spent at your feet. Open my eyes, ears, and heart to listen to You every day. In Jesus’s name, Amen ...

Studying the Word

  Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. –II Timothy 2:15 The apostle Paul reminds Timothy that he is working for God. He is to study and be acceptable before Him. Bible study is not about spouting off facts or getting a head full of Bible verses. Rather, it’s about not being embarrassed about our service before God. Timothy needs to know how to handle God’s precious word. He needs God’s wisdom and understanding as he earnestly studies it. He is handling the truth and needs to know it so well that he is not fooled by lies. As Christians, we have the same call. These are not directions limited to pastors or lay leaders, but to every believer who desires approval from God. The reason we  want to spend time immersed in God’s word is because we are seeking God’s approval. Prayer for today:   Gracious Father, Your word is the truth we need for godly living. Give us your power to diligently search it out. Teach our hearts to tune in and listen to Your voice as you speak to us through Your Word.  In Jesus’ name, Amen....

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