Hello, I hope that you will enjoy reading my devotions. I do not claim to be an expert in the word, but I am a student of the word and desire to share the insights that the Lord gives to me. I love the Lord, my desire is to please him above all else. I want to hear him say “well done” at the end of each day. I pray you are blessed and challanged!
I was reading the other day and came across these words in
Mark 16:6-7 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter. ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’
This reminded me of the many times we are told in scripture that the Lord goes before us. I needed that reminder today.
What joy and assurance these words must have given the disciples when they heard them. Knowing that the Lord would be waiting when they got where they were going. They had arrived at his burial place and found him gone, at that moment all hope must have been sucked out of them and a kind of loneliness may have suddenly fallen on them, but hearing those words must have made their hearts beat faster and joy start returning to their otherwise sad and confusing day.
I read also in Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” And then in Deuteronomy 1:30 “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you…”
Does that make your heart feel as happy and full of joy as it does mine?
Life can sometimes roll over us like a wave in the ocean, knocking us down and digging our faces in the sand. We feel out of sorts. It is hard for us to get our “sea legs” under us. But God has told us he is with us through every trial, nothing touches us that God is not in it. And when things seem to be going in the wrong direction, we can rest assured they are going according to His plan. We may not understand it, we may not like it, we may feel we have had our fill of sand, but God…
He is already way ahead of us, He is already smoothing out our path and filling us with all we need for whatever lays ahead of us. We can rest in knowing that He has things well in hand and He has a reason for everything he does. I read in Psalm 139:5-6 these words: “You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” God is with me through every trial I go through. He is loving, guiding, helping and even protecting me through it. It may feel out of control and I may not be able to discern his touch always, but make no mistake, He is right there with you. Every tear you shed, every hard day you have, God is with you. He has chosen these moments not to break us, but to draw us ever closer to him. We see in these moments how desperately we need him in our lives and every situation.
I am reminding myself of these truths as I walk through my rough patch of ground. I want to lean in close and listen for anything and everything he is teaching me. Sometimes we see what is in front of us and we want to dig our heels in and say no…please don’t make me, but he gently urges us to trust him and to stand up straight, gird our loins and put on our armor and walk like a soldier of the Lord as we should. Eyes fixed on him, not the problem, heart tuned to hear anything he commands and our faith, fully functioning and even blossoming all while we trudge through the muck and mire.
Sometimes all it takes for our faith legs to get strong once again is the touch and prayer of another believer. Someone to come along beside you and cheer you on, speak truth over you and listen to you for just a moment. And knowing that God has blessed me as I go…well, that is enough, isn’t it?
Maybe you needed to be encouraged as I did today, I hope you will let the Lord’s blessing spur you on and you will keep your heart and mind fixed on him knowing he is already where you are going and he also is watching your back, He is such a good God and you can trust he has your good in mind as you go, give him the glory and honor due him, wait and see what God will do!
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and I have been busy since around 6:30 am. Cooking, preparing, drinking coffee, and enjoying homemade muffins. I have a roof over my head, warm clothes on my body, shoes on my feet, and a place to lay my head at night. I am so very blessed that I cannot measure all my blessings. My sweet husband is beside me, and I can reach over and touch him at any moment. I have joy in my heart that this world cannot understand. Is life perfect right now, no it is not. But my circumstances do not dictate my joy, for my joy comes from the peace of knowing my Lord and Savior, and I can choose either to be happy or sad, I will choose to be happy every time.
I walk this earth and enjoy all these things because I have a heavenly Father that has provided them for me. I have never done anything on my own to merit such gifts; they are all from his generous hand. He called me to salvation, and now I am his child, and for that very reason, I am supplied with all I need and more.
I am so very thankful for my family and time with them. I have seven grandchildren that are healthy and such a joy to be around. I have been blessed to have a wonderful husband who is the head of our home. He is purposeful in his actions and desires to love me as God has commanded him to, and he does it well. He is the priest of our home and I am always learning from him, and going deeper into scripture because of his time in the word and how he shares with me all the insights he gleans from scripture and time alone with God. We pray together daily before we start our day and that alone draws us ever closer in our hearts and souls. He is my soul mate and friend, the head of our home and the content of my heart.
As I listen to the sounds of family around me my heart grows warm. But when I stop and consider that all of this has been given to me by a loving God, my heart is overwhelmed within me. My life is a gift in every way. Not because bad things have not happened, because they have. Not because I have not experienced deep loss, I have, not because every day goes great, it never does; but because I have an eternal peace within my heart and soul; a knowing that God himself directs my steps and lights my path. God himself chose me for this life I live and walks with me daily through it. If I never receive another blessing I have had mine to the full so many times.
I see people all the time walking around bemoaning everything. No matter how much they have they still are grumpy, greedy and unhappy. Their joy meter is running low, thinking about counting their blessings only makes them think of all the stuff they do not have. I have a suggestion if you woke up this morning and you are healthy…start there! If you are a child of God…no brainer… that is the biggest thing to be thankful for…start there! If you can walk to a closet and get clean clothes out…start there! Do you see a pattern here? If you stop and look around you, you can begin counting your blessings, they are right before your eyes.
I hope you are blessed on this day of thankfulness. I pray will lean in close and say to the Father thank you for salvation, for forgiveness for the newness of life in You. And remember you would be nothing and have nothing if it were not for the kindness of a Good, Good Father. I will leave you with some verses to ponder as you go throughout your day. Blessings to you and A Very Happy Thanksgiving!
1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Ephesians 5:20 “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I had a conversation the other day that left me feeling “less than.” As I listened to what was said, some suggestions that came my way, I suddenly had this feeling of being a failure in this person’s eyes. That by the standard of the world I fall far short of the mark. Anyone who knows me knows I am relatively simple in my likes and my needs. I do not have to have the best of things to feel satisfied and happy. My joy rests in the Lord, not in this world and the things it can offer me. I don’t go on big vacations to exotic places, I do not have the latest anything. My house is extremely modest and I drive a 13-year-old car. These are truths, just some facts about me. I am happy with my place in this world. Content with what God has given me.
My desire in life is to live for Jesus, even sacrificially in my choices. I know that one day I will either leave this earth through death or when Jesus returns for his children; either way, I will not be taking anything with me. I came with nothing and I will leave with nothing. There is a verse in Galatians that says: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God: Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ.” I desire to live as though any second could be my last. To spread the love of Jesus to any I meet along life’s journey. If that means I do without, I don’t have the best of things and I even struggle through this life then so be it!
My life may look fairly pathetic to someone who has much and can do whatever they want whenever they want. They have the proverbial “tiger by the tail.” There is another scripture found in Matthew that says: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” I have thought much about these two verses in the past few weeks. Life has handed me a bunch of lemons, but I choose to make lemonade, and not just any lemonade, the kind that does not lose its sweetness or go bad.
To make it through this life we must keep our eyes focused on Jesus. This world will chew you up and spit you out. You will be judged and found wanting.
If you find yourself overly focused on the things of this world, and your attention is given to the next thing that makes you feel good, feel important you may want to take a few moments and do a heart check. Ask yourself where your focus is? Ask yourself if maybe you are living so good in this life you do not long for the next? Often people are so busy with their stuff, their trips the next big whatever that they lose sight. of where they need to be storing up their treasures. Scripture makes that pretty clear as well, it says in Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I want all my treasure to be in heaven. I want to live in such a way that my focus stays on Jesus, even if that means living in need. Maybe getting a job and working outside of my home would bring in the extra bucks to do bigger and better things, but when I pray and seek God for the “what do you have for me,” I feel complete peace that the ministries I am involved in, even the ministry to family is where He desires I stay at least for now. I want to be like Jesus, I want to live with an open heart and open hands. Giving and blessing and doing all in his name. I don’t want to have so much that I do not long for his return or my heavenly home.
Where is your focus? What keeps your attention? Could you do with less? Do you care more about your earthly home than your heavenly one? Does stuff keep your eyes spellbound? Don’t get me wrong, if you have been blessed with much in this life, good for you! But be careful that your riches do not keep you from a right relationship with Jesus. Be sure you are not too chained to this world and all its goodies! And remember not everyone is the same, and it does not make a person wrong or less than, it just makes them different than you.
I will leave you with this…Jesus did not have a place to lay his head, He lived sacrificially on this earth to seek and save His lost sheep. If the King of the world and the Creator of everything traveled light…shouldn’t we?
Reading through Luke, I came upon these verses, (17-21) where Jesus warns the disciples about spiritual pride. The disciples were very excited about the power they had over sickness and evil spirits. Demons had to flee when they rebuked them in Jesus’ name. They had seen great results as they ministered in Jesus’ name. Jesus warned them to be careful about being too prideful. They needed to be more excited that their names were written down in heaven. Satan was also very prideful and it went to his head, he rebelled and was cast out of heaven because of his pride and desire to be like God. Jesus said in verse 18 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” He goes on to tell them that He has given them authority and power to perform the miracles they were doing.” (verse19) They could do nothing on their own if He had not given them the power they could not do the miracles that they were doing.
These verses also point us once again to the Sovereignty of God. Unless God enables us to do the kingdom work we cannot do it effectively. He by the Holy Spirit enables us to do great this for his name. This removes any sense of pride we should feel at anything we do for him. Heaven is not just for the elite, the smart ones, the prettiest or most handsome, God’s word is for everyone. We come with only our wretched selves to God. No great work here on earth can gain us entrance into heaven. We must be born-again. We trust solely in God’s grace to get us into the Kingdom, our works are nothing.
We all have equal access to God. The mega pastor on TV has not got a better spot in heaven or a great work they have done that has marked their spot in the Kingdom, as a matter of fact, so many of them are so caught up in self and how great they are they may find themselves hearing these words, “depart from me I never knew you.” Scary isn’t it. To think that people walk around supposedly doing the work of God, yet their hearts are far from God.
We go on to read in verse 22 these words; “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son (chooses) to reveal him.” Wow, that takes out any sense of pride that “you” decided to follow Jesus. You would not have decided to follow had he not already started the work of regeneration inside of you. You did not call yourself, you did not save yourself and you cannot keep yourself saved. No amount of good works will get you into the Kingdom of God.
If you find yourself giving yourself a big oh “that a boy/girl,” you may want to take time to rethink the pride you are feeling and repent. Jesus warned his disciples about their pride if he thought it important to warn them than we need to take notice and check our motives. It truly is better that your name is written down in heaven than any great miracle or work you may be able to do.
If you are chosen to be the conduit by which God heals another or even drives out evil, or spreads the word of God in ministry, thank him that he has chosen you to be a child of God, walk humbly through the “mine field” and “mind field” of pride and do not let yourself think too highly for it is by His power alone that you have been enabled to do such.
As Christians, we have one responsibility. What is it? We are to obey Christ. It is our duty as believers to obey all that Jesus told us to do.
In Luke 17:7-10 we read this story. “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that, you may eat and drink? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
When we as Christians obey God, we should not expect to get a big pat on the back for simply doing what we are supposed to do. Are we expecting to receive some sort of extra credit because we have done our duty? We should not go around with a spiritual pride that says look at me and what I have done. God is not saying we will not receive a reward for our labor for him, he is not saying that it does not matter; Kingdom work always matters to God, but it needs to be done with the right attitude.
We should consider it a privilege to work for God. Anything we get to do for the Lord is important and humbling. If he calls you to the seemingly small tasks for his kingdom than do it with all your might! When we do what we are called to do for God, “our duty” it removes all pride from our efforts.
So many Christians only want to do the “BIG” things for God. But daily walking with him, reading his word, praying and living our talk all matter. When he gives you that extra something to do, maybe witness one on one, work in the church, sing, speak and so on, do not consider yourself better or higher than anyone else, it is your duty as a follower of Christ, everything we do for Christ matters. He looks at our hearts and rewards us accordingly.
So, what is our duty? To obey everything the Lord has told us in his word to do. It sounds easy right, but sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it requires more of us than we want to give, in some countries it costs people their very lives. I don’t know if my being a Christian will ever require me to give up my life for Christ, I can only hope and pray that if it does I stand firm, knowing that when I leave this earth I am transported immediately to heaven with my Lord, my faith will be sight and I will live forever with my Lord and Savior.
So, while we await his return or our eyes close in death, spend your time living for Jesus, doing what we are called to do, obey him in all he said for us to do or not do and know that God keeps good records, your reward is sure and walk out your faith free from spiritual pride and arrogance. Surrender your need to be “all that,” and be “all that” he said to be!
Blessings to you my friends as you live, move and breathe the life of Christ!
(John 11:1-35 The story of Lazarus’s death and resurrection.)
When life is seeming to run you over with all the things that happen to us from illness to deaths, disasters and failures and many more things it can feel as though God does not care. Our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears and our troubles abound. Then I read these words in John 11:33 &35 &38- 33 “he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled,” 35 “Jesus wept,” 38 “Jesus, once more deeply moved.”
Does this sound like a God who does not care, who is deaf to our cries for help?
The Greeks had this idea that was popular that God had no emotions and did not want to be involved in the messiness of our lives. Humans were not of concern for him. Yet these three simple statements alone show us that they had a flawed concept of who God is and how very much he loves and cares for his own. Jesus feels compassion and sorrow. We already know that if one lost sheep is worth looking for and rescuing, he cares. (Matthew 18:12-14) & (Luke 15:3-7)
God’s love abounds to us, his care for us is tender and good. We may not be able to understand today the (why) of it all, but you can rest assured that a compassionate, loving God is heading it all up. He is sustaining you in ways that you do not even understand and know. He did not allow Lazarus to die to hurt Mary and Martha, he loved them, he loved Lazarus; he did it so that they would believe.
(John 11:14-15) “So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
15 and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.”
In the story of Lazarus, Jesus purposely stayed away when he heard that Lazarus was ill. He heard upon his arrival of his death, although we know He already knew, nothing happens to us or for us without his stamp of approval. Jesus was not bothered by his death, he already knew what he would do, and even knowing he was moved with compassion for the pain of his friends. His love for them caused him to feel compassion. So, understand, he knew Lazarus was dead, had allowed it to happen, already knew he would raise him to life and still hurt for his friends. His plan unfolding… Their broken and confused heart broke his. Is that not beautiful?
We serve a God who hangs the stars out at night, created all we see, died and rose again, plans our steps, our hurts, our pains, our joys, and journey, yet still feels for us when we hurt, when we bow our heads and ask the hard questions, maybe even accusingly. I love this. Knowing that my Lord and Savior feels my pain. It helps me to be raw and honest before him. It causes me to lean in close and wait to see what he will do, it makes me excited that after the storm has passed the sun will shine again in my life and yours. He will not waste the time in the valley and he will get us to another mountain top at some point all the while growing our faith as we traverse this barren land.
This event I am sure marked a turning point for not only them but all those who were watching that day. Can you imagine the scene? I would love to look back in time and watch it unfold. To look into pain-filled eyes and see joy shining back at me. I would love to see the tears my Lord shed for those he loves, just thinking about it makes my heart and mind smile. It causes me to sit back and wait, to rest in his goodness and compassion, knowing that when I hurt he cares. When I cry God takes notice.
Rest assured my friends, the same Jesus that walked into that death scene is already in yours. The sad music may be playing and the pain may be mounting, but God sees, God is moved and God can and will sustain you. And as he works in and around you your faith is made stronger even in the middle of whatever is causing the pain right now.
I am sitting on my screened porch as the breeze moves about me, the sounds of fall are in the air, my wind chime is singing a song and birds are chirping, now and then the sound of rain. It is a refreshing place to be even when everything else is coming apart, quite literally my house : ) so rather than focus on what I cannot control due to unforeseen circumstances that caused many problems, I will focus on the One who holds it all, and write about Him, because He makes my heart glad and the worries of this life easier to handle.
In Matthew 13:24-30 and Matthew 37-43 we read the parable about the wheat and the weeds and what exactly that means.
All too often we walk around worried about the people who seem to be infiltrating our kingdom space. They seem genuine and yet we cannot shake the feeling that something is amiss. The words they use seem right enough, but their actions do not. What are we to do?
All true believers God has chosen, set aside and preparing for heaven, all non-believers belong to the enemy of our souls the devil, and will one day find themselves in hell for all eternity. Often, they come to church, do churchy things and walk along with other believers, yet their hearts are far from God. Their master is the devil. Sometimes we can watch them on TV, they speak scripture, but to a true believer it sounds off. Are we to take matters into our own hands and trash these people on social media or in other ways? God knows their hearts and minds, and when the final call is given here on earth the separation will take place. Those who belong to Christ will indeed be raised from the dead, or if you are alive you will be caught up into the air to meet with him. The un-believers (weeds) will be separated at that time.
We are to walk on this earth with the light of Christ shining out from us. We should be peacemakers to the best of our abilities and we need to leave the deciding on who is and who isn’t a child of God to God himself! Often when people are not true believers they simply go by the wayside, they get bored with the churchy stuff and the churchy people and move on to other places and people who are more likeminded. But if they do not, we need not worry. Our churches need to be open to everyone. Because everyone needs to hear the gospel. If sinners cannot come in and sit among the saints (we have a problem Houston.) Sinners need to come and sit and hear and observe. We are not told to hide our light but to send it out into all the world. (Mark 16:15) “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
(Luke 14:23) “Then the master said to the servant. ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’
Who is and who isn’t saved is God’s business! We are to love one another, live in peace with one another and let God do the separating when he chooses. I can assure you, HE’S GOT THIS!
He is not worried or wringing his hands that one of His children will be duped by the enemy, He saves us, He keeps us and He will get us to heaven. Instead of worrying and trying to find fault, just pray for whoever these people may or may not be. You be salt and light, you be an example, You love anyway and stop running your mouth.
It is sad when Christians get on a bandwagon and try to cause uproar where there should be none. Let God be God, you be the best you for Him you can be and when all is said and done, the Harvest will come in, the weeds will be removed and thrown into the fire and all God’s children will be safe and sound enjoying eternity with him.
I will leave you with this scripture: (Matthew 22:37-39) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first commandment. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Blessings as you let your light shine…until He comes!
John 11:38:44 “Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
This bible story is one of those that overwhelm my soul. I often think about how it must have been for Mary and Martha and the others to see this miracle take place. To have their weeping turned to shouts of joy and amazement. Can you imagine the electricity that must have been palatable in the air? I mean how often does a dead body that has been dead for four days come to life? In our ordinary mundane lives do you read of this happening? I certainly have not. We read in different areas of the bible where the sleeping/dead were brought back to life. Once where a widow was in the funeral procession and the body of her son was being carried out of the city and Jesus felt her pain and he brought her son to life. (Luke 7:12-15), there are several other instances as well of his raising the dead, look them up, they will grow your faith.
Here is the really exciting part I have heard about it and I am a recipient of it and if you are a born-again child of God, you too are a recipient of this miracle. Before we came to Christ we were all dead in our trespasses and sin. We were bound up in grave clothes and bound for hell and a future without God. Our destination was eternal damnation, separation from God. We did not realize we were wearing grave clothes. The enemy of our souls had so captivated us with the lusts of the flesh and the so-called delights of this world that we did not notice the bindings that held us. But when Jesus called our name, suddenly we were made new. The bindings of grave-clothes were loosed and we walked out of the grave into the light of his glory and his eternal presence with us!
The stench of death no longer clings to us, we have been resurrected into a marvelous realm of glory with Christ Jesus. Our bodies may “fall asleep”, but our souls will live on with Jesus. We will one day “fall asleep” in Jesus and step from this life into heaven our real home. We no longer have any evidence that we were once dead. All of that has been wiped clean. We stand before God in white robes with the righteousness of Christ Jesus and the blood of the lamb all over us. When God looks at us He sees only his son and the shed blood of the spotless Lamb of God. We no longer stand accused, our debt of sin was paid for and we are free in Christ!
If that does not cause you to shout “Hallelujah” I do not know what will. Every time a sinner is saved all of heaven takes note of it, the angels stand in awe of it. It is a really big deal shouldn’t it be for us. If we walk daily in the realization of what God has done for us, it changes everything. The chains of this world no longer bind us, we walk about free, not weighed down by what life brings to the table. We see life through our faith and Jesus. He has already promised us that we are “more than conquerors” and “overcomers.” (Romans 8:37) (1 John 5:4-5)
No one likes death when someone we love dies it rocks us to our core especially if we know that person died in their sins. That is why we need to tell everyone about Jesus, we need to live our lives in such a way that others see him even if we do not say a word.
Be the light in the darkness that you are called to be, do not blend in so well with the world that your light is dim.
There is a song we sing called “Glorious Day”- Kristian Stanfill/Passion, these words are spoken, ” You called my name, and I ran out of that grave!” His mercy saved us and His mercy made us knew, celebrate it, let that knowledge be the holy electricity that fills your day! No more grave-clothes…free in Christ all our shame and shackles gone, are you overwhelmed yet? I am: )
Mark 4:24-25 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you-even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what has will be taken away from him.”
We as Christians have the light of Christ revealed to us. The word is not longer hidden from us. The Holy Spirit gives us insight into the word of God. There are parts of it that we do not understand, we may not be able to use the truth right now, so we have not been given its understanding. As we grow and put into practice the truths found in God’s word our understanding increases. The truth of God’s word is clear, but our limited understanding oftentimes keeps us from fully understanding what God is trying to tell us or show us in his word.
As we read and understand and put into practice those things we do sees our knowledge grows. Our desire to obey grows. We sharpen our spiritual eyes to see and understand. Sometimes as I read God’s word it is as though a passage that once seemed hard for me to grasp in now crystal clear. Its meaning falls into my heart like a seed on good ground and I suddenly see what the text was talking about. Perhaps it is because up until this point I did not need that particular scripture, but as I have studied and saught to obey my mind can now grasp what the word is saying and why.
In Mark 4:26-29 we read, “He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself, the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Our spiritual growth is slow and steady. Even when we do not realize it seeds that are planted in our hearts start to grow and before long we have a harvest of understanding. We start out as baby Christians just able to understand enough to get us started on our spiritual walk, but as we read God’s word and pray our understanding increases, our faith grows, our spiritual legs get stronger.
As a child of God, I want to read God’s word and put it into practice. I want to see his truth through clear spiritual eyes and obey what the word tells me to do. I know that as I do this my understanding increases, I have gone from being an infant in Christ to a mature follower of Christ.
We are told that God’s word is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intents of man. (Hebrews 4:12)
We can grow in our walk with the Lord if we never read his word. We cannot understand what our walk of faith should look like if we never read the word. We cannot have the tools to fight the enemy if we neglect to read God’s word. If I told you that reading something would save your life…would you do it? Well, this book, the Bible, can save your life! It can give you everything you need to live in this dry and desert land that we inhabit.
We read these words in Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” The text is clear, knowing God’s word, hiding it in our hearts can keep us from sin.
If we study and commit to memory the word of God it will prick our hearts when we are about to do something which displeases God and is sin in his eyes. As a Christian do you not want to walk in a way pleasing to the one who paid the ultimate price for you?
When we have only a head knowledge of God and his word it does nothing for us. When temptation comes our way we easily dismiss the promptings of the Holy Spirit to walk away or look away. But when God’s word is in us, when we are seeking to obey it, I promise you it will come to your mind and heart. It is like being stung by a bee, suddenly what seemed like a good idea has now lost its excitement, you know that God is saying do not go there, do not look there.
If we never feed on the meat in God’s word we stay spiritually immature. When the enemy comes against us or tries to entice us we do not have what we need to fight against him. He is a smart foe, he knows our weaknesses and he will attack in the very area you think you are safe. We need to be able to speak scripture out loud for our sake and his.
Jesus used the word of God when he had been in the desert fasting and praying for 40 days. There is power in God’s word, as a believer don’t you want power in your life? Don’t you want to know what pleases the Lord and do them? Don’t you want the seed that has been dropped into the soil of your heart to produce a plant? I do!
I want to know God’s word, I have experienced first hand what knowing it and applying it can do in my life. I am eager to understand its truths and walk worthy of the calling God has placed on me.
If I can encourage you to open your Bible, start at the beginning or start in the New Testament. Ask God to open your eyes that you may see and understand. Pray and ask him to help you put into practice those things which he calls us to do when you do you will
find your understanding growing and your desire to obey increasing. You will become a mature follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will have power in your efforts to ward off the enemy.
He is waiting, His word is living and active, and it does have the power to change your life! Now go read!!!