Love (II)

AUTHOR: SMLK

THEME: Love (II)

KEY VERSE: “Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies……
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 : 4-8, 13 The Message translation

MESSAGE:

The first thing I am going to draw your attention to in our verse is the second last sentence: ‘Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.’. Trust God is first on the list of things to do before Christ comes again (or completeness as it is termed here). Indeed when you are loving someone; be it a friend, neighbour or partner trusting God is the fundamental grounding. I know that I could love my future husband extravagantly when  and if I trust God completely.

I am a storyteller at heart so I am going to tell you a brief story to try and explain my thoughts a little better, it is fictional.

A man who has turned from God all his life in anger at the situations he has lived through has a friend, a Christian friend who is a doctor. The doctor, for last seven years of his life has loved his friend extravagantly trying to show him the love of God through his actions and friendship. A year after the doctor dies, the man comes to Christ, knowing that only God can give him peace as well as forgiveness. Quickly he discovers he needs a church to flourish in his new faith and decides to attend the church of his late friend. The minister recognises him immediately, brings him to his house for tea and excuses himself to fetch something. The minister returns with a old, worn, gold cross which belonged to the doctor who gave it to the minister before he died, to give to his friend when he found God. Speechless the man asks how his friend could possibly know, the minister replies that ‘Samuel (the doctor) had great faith.’

 In this albeit fictional story, the doctor trusted God completely. Despite the fact he never saw his friend come to Christ he trusted God to work in His timing and His way. Everyone takes a different amount of time, only God knows the time. Only God knows and understands the heart of the child who does not believe or has not accepted Him. Do love extravagantly, but ensure that you love on the sure foundation of trust in God and hope in His plan for us.

I hope to encourage you, dear friends. Sometimes we need to step back and allow God to work without our hands, never believe that your love has been in vein. God’s love is our engine and with the wheels of hope and body of trust, we could go anywhere.

PRAYER: Lord our God and Saviour, thank you so much that you have called us into a relationship with you. Thank you that you saved us to serve and you do not abandon us but equip us with love and hope. Thank you that you drive us forward with your love, that your love is pure and never gives up. May we feel encouraged and strengthened in you to continue unswervingly trusting in you. When we feel down hearted may we remember that You Father love us your children greatly. May we feel your love for those whom you have placed around us and trust you and your heart for them always. Amen.

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Love (I)

AUTHOR: SMLK

THEME: Love (I)

KEY VERSE: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”- 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

MESSAGE:

Love is considered the most powerful emotion. There are considered to be four types of love; a love of things, love of friends, love in romance and love of strangers or practical love. In our society we mainly hear about love in romance, due to that we are not necessarily aware of the love spoken about in 1 Corinthians. I know if ‘love’ is mentioned in any context I generally roll my eyes. Paul makes it crystal clear the importance of love in all that we do. This encompasses all the loves and all that we do for God. Indeed, love is a fruit of the Spirit. But do we really understand its importance? Or see the all-encompassing effect of love?

I am the youngest of four children, and on each birthday three years ago my mum gave us a small model of a person which captured our character. My eldest sister was given a dancer, my second eldest sister was given a girl holding a mirror and hairbrush and my brother was given a boy with a football and a dog. I was given a girl holding a heart (a ❤ heart by the way not a real heart). I remember being slightly disappointed, and my mum commented ‘Well, you do love greatly’.

Older and slightly wiser now I actually understand the huge compliment she was giving me! I truly believe that only as we grow closer to the Spirit of God and understand the vast, unfathomable love of God do we see the importance of love, as Paul emphasises. Only can we feel God’s love driving us forward like an engine. So my advice, walk, love and do all things in the way of love; God’s love. For only God’s love is pure and if we do all things by the engine of the love God fills us with for others we will not be nothing but truly living in the way of Christ. For it is Christ who, in the words of Charles Wesley’s beautiful hymn, ‘Emptied himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race’.

PRAYER: Lord and Father, thank you for your pure love which you pour upon us. Thank you that the closer we grow towards you the more of your love we understand and feel. Lord we pray that in all that we may do today and the days to come, that we do so in your love. That we may look at others through your eyes, your eyes of love, and see them as you see them. May we come to you to be filled when we feel empty and encouraged when we feel that our love has been wasted.  Thank you for filling us with your love and sending us out by the power of your Spirit, to live and work for your praise and glory. Amen

Seek the Lord Your God With All Your Soul, All Your Mind and All Your Strength

AUTHOR: PE

THEME: Seek the Lord Your God With All Your Soul, All Your Mind and All Your Strength

KEY VERSES:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:37 ESV

He rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV

MESSAGE:

Do you know what the greatest commandment is? If there was one God told us to focus on, what would it be? Ready Matthew 22:36-38 and find what Jesus said: To love the Lord your God with all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.

Well that’s it. That’s what we need to make sure we are doing. So often there are so many people and so many things telling us what have to do, its hard to know what to focus on; but there it is, straight from the mouth of Jesus- our most important commandment is to love the Lord our God with everything we have. But what does that mean? Practically what should that look like?

Well it will mean that you Love God more than anything else. That means you will be consciously making a decision to put him first, he will be your first priority. You will be consciously making a decision to mediate on his word and seek him daily. You will actively be searching for his presence daily. You will be choosing to put your energy into seeking and serving him rather than just doing your own things.

I know, that doesn’t sound like an easy decision, but it gets easier! The more you taste and see how good the Lord is, the more you want him! The more you desire to seek and serve him, its a wonderful cycle! And guess what! If you seek God with everything you have, then everything else starts falling into place! You will start keeping all the other commandments without even realising it! You will find fulfillment in life and have joy and peace in your current circumstances.

Let’s see what God promises us if we obey this commandment: Deuteronomy 4:29 and Jeremiah 29:13 both state that if we seek God with all our heart, we will find him. When you know how good God is then you realise that is the greatest reward any man could receive. However if that wasn’t enough God also promises to reward those who seek him in Hebrews 11:6. It is very much my experience and the experience of those in scripture (such as King David) that when you truly seek the Lord, God blesses you to a ridiculous degree, both with life and everything else you need. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. God promises that if we seek his kingdom first, all the things we need will be given to us. Know that seeking God with all your heart, soul and mind will never be a decision you regret. You will only find the greatest and purest thing on earth.

PRAY: Psalm 27:4 – a psalm of David:

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Help us Lord to seek you and desire your presence like King David.

Stop and think

AUTHOR: SMLK

THEME: Stop and think

KEY VERSE: “This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:13-18

MESSAGE: ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God but it is a much more fearful things to fall out of them.’ – D H Lawernce.

As one who distanced from God in anger, this rings very true for me. For a long time, I was terrified of repeating my mistakes but this time, actually falling away completely. Indeed for a long time this was a very real fear, I had seen the capacity in me to do harm and I will never forget it. How wonderful to know that God does not think of it!

Many times I have heard the testimony of one who believed in God but, like me turned from Him for a time or who did not really know Him and how God brought them to life in Him. What we often take into our shoulders unnecessarily is the responsibility of our relationship with God. ‘I must do this! I must do that!’To stay right with God.

May I remind us that we did not climb up to Heaven, God came down.

God called us, shaped us and we are His sheep. Do you think that if we resist or forget to say our prayers before we go to bed that God will say ‘Well, that’s it! You get no more chances!’. Often we forget that God wants us to sleep, to rest. He knows of our human needs Including that of rest.

The devil torments us telling us we haven’t done enough, we must do more, thank more, pray more, say sorry more: we get caught up in a web of guilt and fear repeating sorry or thank you under our breath before we fall asleep to appease God. Have we forgotten who God is? Our loving, gentle, good and faithful Father. Generally this trap is snared on those who are tired and those who are busy or both. We are running from one place to another trying to serve Him, we are exhausted and we lose sight of who God is. And who we are to Him.

Stop.

Have you ever considered that God may be smiling at you? The grace that we are washed in that Christ has won for us allows to be viewed by God and that He will be pleased. I have no doubt that God delights in those who serve Him.

Stop and dwell on the goodness of God, dwell in His powerful love for you and His overwhelming grace.

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

I hope friend that you fall asleep easy tonight in the envelope of God love and grace, knowing that you are accepted and pleasing in His sight. And the perfect love of God drive out the fears of your heart.

PRAYER: Lord and Father, we thank you that your grace surpasses our wildest dreams, that your love is perfect and drives out the fear of our hearts. Thank you our Lord God for your steadfast love, may we have full confidence in your love for us so that we may love perfectly by your grace and inspiration. Help us to trust in your promise of whoever remains in Christ, Christ remains in them. Help us to stop when our minds torment us in tiredness and the devil lies to our heart when busy, may we stop and dwell on You. May our hearts recognise your character above all else. Thank you Lord that we can be sure and trusting in you, that you continue to assure us of who you are. Thank you so much Lord for your enveloping love and grace for us and that in Christ we are surely your children. Amen

 

What Do You Do When Your Life Falls Apart Around You?

AUTHOR: PE

THEME: What Do You Do When Your Life Falls Apart Around You?

KEY VERSES:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.’ Proverbs 3:5-6

[Talking about the leaders of Judah] ‘And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken into exile out of its land.’

2 Kings 25:21

‘Yet God my king is from old, working salvation in the midst of the earth’ Psalm 74:12

‘Yours is the day, yours also is the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun’ Psalm 74:16

MESSAGE: have you ever been in a situation where your world around you falls apart? Maybe through the unexpected death of a loved one? Getting a severe illness? Or perhaps losing something you relied upon? In Kings 25 Israel reaches its lowest point in its history, the King of Babylon defeats the nation and kills the leadership taking the people into exile. The Israelites world fell apart from around them. It is true that God was using the Babylonians to punish the Israelites for their disobedience, however there were still righteous people in Israel that were suffering this punishment despite submitting their lives to God. From these people we can learn valuable lessons about how to react when life falls apart.

Psalm 74 is a psalm written by these people as they are taken into exile and you can read directly their prayer. The writer admits that God is both God of the day and the night. How he is in control in both the bad situations and the good ones. When our life is dark and when it is bright. He establishes his light and goodness in both the wonderful and terrible. He has establishes the heavenly lights at night and the sun during the day. In both the good and the bad Gods goodness is manifest. The writer also points out how God is a king of all time and has always worked with the mess on earth to bring about salvation. The writer acknowledges that although things might seem out of control, God works through the apparent chaos on earth to bring the salvation of those who love him. There is a lot of comfort in these verses that even if life is totally out of our control, its not out of his. And really, that is all we need. In fact its better that we aren’t in control because he is so good and would do far better a job than we ever could! Imagine if our salvation depended on ourselves, Israel would never have stood a chance! God is our anchor in the storm, he is our refuge and our strength. The only way to ensure your anchor is secure is to trust it, put weight on it and allow it to bare the load. That is why when our worlds fall apart we must trust in the Lord with all out heart, leaning not on our own understanding, but rather on God. If we trust in him our anchor becomes secure as God is the only thing in this world that will NEVER let us down, no matter what. He proves this to us time and time again, both in scripture and, if you let him, your life.

In fact that lack of control we have when our lives fall apart can be the best thing for us, it is in these times we can be closest to God. When we truly have to depend on him, he can work the most powerfully in and through us. In our weakness God can show his strength. We are actually told to rejoice in our suffering in Romans 5:3-5, 2 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Peter 4:13 and James 1:2-4 as it is through these times our faith can be made steadfast and so much stronger.

In conclusion when your life falls apart, trust God and rejoice because God may shake you, but he will never abandon you. He is in control and he is working all things together for the good of those who love him! Romans 8:28.

PRAY: Father we pray that you would help us to trust and depend on you when our life falls apart. Help us to rejoice in our sufferings as you are allowing us to experience pain for a loving purpose that we could never see ahead of time. We thank you for your goodness and faithfulness and that you are always in control. We thank you that you use these hard times to force us to cling more tightly to you as sometimes we just don’t have any other options and in doing this you can release more of your blessing. Thank you for your incredible, unfailing love for us. Amen.

What Do the 10 Commandments Mean For Us?

AUTHOR: PE

THEME: What Do the 10 Commandments Mean For Us?

KEY VERSES:

“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Exodus 20:3-17 NIV

MESSAGE:

If we read these 10 commandments carefully we can see God’s heart for us. We can see that these commandments are not to bring us into religious slavery (which many people want, sometimes that’s easier) but rather they are all about relationship. The first 4 are about our relationship with God. He tells us to have no other gods or idols because this is what is best for us. This is how we will get the most out of our lives. He created everything; he doesn’t need us to worship him, rather he commands us to worship him because he loves us and that’s what we are created for. If we want to have the most fulfillment in our lives, we must fulfill our purpose. That is to worship God.

The next commandments show that God cares about our relationship with others. If we have a good relationship with others we will not lie, kill or steal. If we do these things we will live in harmony with each other and we would not have the problems we see today.

Finally these commandments show God cares about our relationship with material possesions. If we had a healthy relationship with the stuff we own/want we would not get caught up in material possessions; we wouldn’t always want more. We would not envy our neighbours for what they have, rather we would be content with what we have and enjoy it.

It is clear that these commandments given to us from God are all about relationship NOT religion. They are given for our good so that we may have a more abundant and enjoyable life. If we look at Mark 12:29-33 we see that the most important commandment in all of scripture is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. Verse 33 says that these things are more important than all the sacrifices and burnt offerings. The bible makes it clear that God cares more about loving him and each other rather than keeping rules.

Ask yourself, why did God create humanity in the first place? Why did he give the law and ask for sacrifices? Why did he send his Son Jesus to die for us? He did all this because he wants to have a relationship with you and I.

Remember God wants relationship not religion.

PRAY

Father forgive us for being so quick to be self-righteous and proud. Forgive us for thinking that by our own works and sacrifices we might please you. We realise that it is only because of your Son we are able to have relationship with you. Thank you that you have done all the work. I pray that you would help us to live in relationship and not religion, and love others not rules.

Time of healing comfort

AUTHOR: SMLK

THEME: Time of healing comfort

KEY VERSE: ‘God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of His healing comfort – we get full measure of that, too.’ -2 Corinthians 1: 3.5-5

MESSAGE: God will always provide time for healing. There will always be enough time and there always will be that time. Sometimes we are not fully aware of just how hard the ‘hard times’ are at the time. Sometimes it takes us to come into time of healing and rest to fully realise how hard it’s been and how much affect it has taken on us. We live in a society where we take no time to rest fully, we swallow paracetamol and keep going. In this way of life, we box, bag and bury the hurt and rough times into the depths of our mind. This may be a nessecity to get through the trial but then Allow God’s time of healing comfort to heal you.

The act of continuing by the grace of God to fight, struggle or get through hard times is when we fully come to dependence on God and realise the enormity of His grace. But! The act of continuing burying the hurt deep within ourselves afterwards will only cause more damage. When a piece of glass gets stuck in your foot on a long journey, do you take it out at the next available stop or do you push it further into the sole of your foot and keep going to the end?

Recently a dear loved one of mine had a tough year. She had an extremely academic course requiring strenuous work and study, the people that she was studying with were (forgive my bluntness) bullies, a friend was verbally abusive to her and at the end of the year her granny died. My heart was heavy for her.

She, by the grace of God, got through her year and did extremely well. After her exams, God led her into a time of healing comfort. Where she could process all that happened, grieve for her grandmother and heal from the abuse of her classmates. Now? She is the happiest I have seen her for a very long time.

God is faithful. He will come alongside us and carry us through. He understands how difficult it is and He draws us closer to Him. Then He leads us into a time of healing comfort. Where are hearts can heal. Making us fit to fight another day for Him.

And in Gods own time He will lead us to walk by another of the same troubles, where we can be to them how He is to us. God building, shaping and equipping His people to stand shoulder to shoulder in the love of Christ.

PRAYER: Lord and Father, thank you so much that when we are struggling and going through hard times that you understand us best of all, meet us where we are and walk alongside us. Thank you Lord that you lead us into a time of healing and comfort which only you can give, and that you understand our need better than we do. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness! May we submit to your loving hand leading us into a time of healing and allow our hearts to be transformed by you. May we have the courage and love to be to others and you are to us when you place them alongside us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

TODAY’S AUTHOR: PE

THEME: Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

VERSES

‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.’

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV

MESSAGE

If an Olympic athlete has any chance of winning a gold they must be totally focused on that goal. The smallest slip or stumble would mean someone else would achieve their prize. They are totally committed and focused on that goal. Every movement they make and every decision they take is channeled into a single aim. To claim that prize.

This is exactly how Paul calls us to live in this passage. Are you totally focused on Christ’s will for your life? Is every movement made and every decision taken focused on completing this race that is set before you? To obtain this imperishable and unimaginable prize we must be diligent, disciplining ourselves to keep focused on what matters amongst all the worldly distractions around. Often people who do great things for God are just average people who have a laser like focus.

We will all slip and fall; as humans we will certainly fail at some stage. However do not let this cause you to lose focus! Keep your eyes on the prize! An Olympic athlete, when they stumble or fall, will keep their focus and immediately jump to their feet and continue straining to achieve their goal. They do not dwell on their mistake, but will press on to the finish. We are to live with this type of determination, and focus.

Philippians 3:12-13 NIV

‘Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’

Our greatest fear should not be failing to succeed in what matters, but succeeding in what doesn’t. If we succeed in what doesn’t matter we are not even in the right race, and so will never receive our prize.

PRAY

Thank God for giving us the race ahead of us, the purpose in our life and the privilege of working towards his will for us. Ask God for strength to persevere and the discipline to ensure you are focused at all times on what is important, on the prize.

Homes under the Hammer, a life of God renovation

AUTHOR: SMLK

THEME: Homes under the Hammer, a life of God renovation

KEY VERSE:“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. “

Galatians 5:22-23 MSG

MESSAGE: Through Christ God has given us freedom. How we live this freedom is our choice.

We can live in God’s way or not God’s way, in this devotional I hope not to point the finger of blame, criticise or convict anyone. That is not my job, I have no right to do so. It would be very easy to give you a list of dos and don’ts but that is not my way nor I believe is it Gods way.

Rarely do we completely transform all our ways and habits over night, it takes time and effort and commitment. And rarely do we see the need for all the areas to change all at once, we would get discouraged and disheartened. God knows this so He gently calls us, piece by piece to commit to His hands the various areas of our lives.

Our body is like a house, once the Spirit of God enters, like a wise builder he examines the framework and foundations, the furniture and all the rooms in turn. He begins to renovate, sometimes it may hurt a bit as He knocks down a few walls and takes down the garish wall paper but then we start to see an expansion coming out the back, a far more beautiful house is being developed.

But what are the fruits of this expansion?

Too often we look for the world’s ideas for indications that we are doing well: good jobs, a spouse, a nice physical house, a car etc. Recently, I ran into two people who had been in the same year as me in school. And immediately they tried to access how successful I had been in the past year, by trying to discover whether I had a job and whether I had obtained a boyfriend. But as God always reminds us, He does not work as the world does and His fruits are not the world’s.

The list of fruits of living God’s way are listed above and perhaps they encourage you or perhaps there is a room you’re refusing to let God take His tools to?

There is a British TV programme called ‘Homes under the Hammer’ where it shows the stories of house falling apart or a little unloved being lovingly restored into a bright, beautiful and sometimes unrecognisable home. I believe that God is doing the same with us. And the finished product will be unrecognisable, a God developed house. So if you’re feeling a little discouraged, take heart and let God continue to renovate for He knows what He is doing and He knows exactly what He is building.

And if you ever feel like your new way of life is not making any difference or is not even noticed by others, remember that your Father in heaven sees all things and take another look at that list.

PRAYER: Lord, God of all and God so personal and intimate we thank you for your blessing of these fruits when we decide to live your way. We praise you that you have given us the opportunity to live in relationship with you! We pray Father, for our hearts today, that we may allow you into all the rooms and trust you when we don’t understand what you are building inside. Please help us not to value or access our lives on the worlds standards but see how you are working in us and trust you. May we seek your Kingdom and keep you as our focus and dependence today. And may the Lord of awesome strength, peace and love touch your hearts today in a place you need Him most. Amen

 

Submit Yourself In God’s Word Daily

TODAY’S AUTHOR: PE

THEME: Submit Yourself In God’s Word Daily

VERSES

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21

MESSAGE

Get into the habit of submitting yourself in Gods word daily. Put scripture on your walls so you see it when you get up, around your mirror so you see it when you go to bed. Discuss it with your friends and families in your day to day activities. Study scripture in the morning before you go to work, and remind yourself of it throughout the day. It is of DAILY importance. This is something that I need to work on in a big way and is something the Lord is challenging me about, let us work to know and learn scripture more so that we may live by it. Stick by it like glue so that we might not falter and fall. ‘know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.’ Deuteronomy 8:3.

It is important to do work like this as you help the grace of God to flow in your life. How much more will God work to change your hearts and lives, if you are daily mediating on his commands and the truth of his word?

How much more good can God do in the lives of the people around you, in your community and your country, if you choose to live a Godly life, serving and blessing those around you? These choices will also come as you saturate yourself in the truth of his word and commands.

PRAY

Pray that God would give you wisdom and understanding, knowing that God gives abundantly to those who ask and believe. James 1:5-6.

Ask God to open your mind and help you learn his word, while giving you the strength and determination to study and meditate upon it daily. Then go do it, as there is no point asking if we don’t then go and do it.