Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Feasting on God's Word

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. —Jeremiah 15:16

Prophet Jeremiah found the words of God, even the words of God’s judgment, and he ate them.

He ingested God’s Word eagerly, lovingly, and often.

Prophet Jeremiah read and savored the Word of God in his innermost being. 

And that is exactly where God’s Word is intended to go. 

The Word of God is heart food! 

When we ingest it, the Holy Spirit provides the power to help us grow to be more like the Lord Jesus Christ. 

God's Word transforms how we think about God, money, enemies, careers, and family. 

It is really good for us.

Let us eat God’s Word to our heart’s content! 

Like prophet Jeremiah, let us say: “Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (15:16).

The Bible is food for our soul. 

Let us read it, savor it, ingest it, and know the strength that God's words can give to us often-failing heart.

The more we feast on God’s Word, the healthier we will become.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Shine for Jesus

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1Peter 5:11-12)

We are to try to make the world a better place by displaying the love of Christ wherever God has placed us.

When apostle Peter wrote to persecuted Christian believers in Asia Minor (modern Turkey), he advised them to keep their conduct honorable among the Gentiles, by doing good deeds that will ultimately bring glory to God.

We can make our world a better place through our actions.

Think of the difference that Christlike deeds of love, mercy, forgiveness, justice, and peace would make in our world.

Let us make the world we live a better place.

We cannot change the entire world singlehandedly, but by God's grace we can let the difference Christ has made in us make a difference in the world around us.

Let us let Christ shine through us.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Prone to Wander, Lord, I Feel it

"With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! (Psalm 119:10)

Sometimes, even when our hearts long to seek God, the distraction of life can draw us away from Him and His Word.

Too often we find ourselves distracted and drifting, instead of having our hearts and minds focused on the Savior who loves us and gave Himself for us.

In those seasons of wandering, our heart of hearts doesn't want to drift from God.

But, like Paul, we often do what we don't want to do (Romans 7:19).

We desperately need to turn back to the Shepherd of our heart who can draw us to Himself.

How grateful we can be for a patient, compassionate heavenly Father whose grace is always sufficient, even when we are prone to wander!