Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path (Ps 119:105)
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28).
Without being judgmental or condescending in any way, I know that people who are reading this are at different stages of spiritual growth. Some are new at studying the word, and that’s great! Others are so seasoned that they can even turn right to Habakkuk. And still others have joined through the internet from all over the place, both physically and spiritually.
When God placed the idea of doing this on my heart, I felt so overwhelmed by not knowing what to write to such a broad audience. But that’s exactly when I get myself in trouble—ME writing to you. When God leads me to a scripture, He speaks to me and I share what He tells me through His word.
Maybe these thoughts validate your thoughts, or maybe they give you an alternate perspective, or maybe you think, “That’s not what it means at all!” In each case, you’re right.
God’s word is amazing. It is individually relevant. It is alive.
Pray that He’ll speak to you from each verse. He has something special to say today—just for you.
[Just as the rain causes the grain to grow] it is the same with My word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Is 55:11).
I have heard this verse paraphrased as, “The word of God never goes out void, “ but the complete verse is so power-packed.
Our grandson recently told his little friend who doesn’t believe in God about Jesus (I would have loved to have overheard that conversation). And even though he’s only seven, that seed was planted. Maybe someday, when we are long gone, in desperation, this young man may call out to the Lord. And God will meet him there. His word always produces fruit. And it will prosper everywhere it’s sent.
That innocent little conversation may save his life—or save his eternal life.
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5).
We may feel self-satisfaction when we avoid an unrighteous act, but ungodliness isn’t limited to our actions. We talked before about the power of our words and the importance of replacing words of deceit and lies with the life giving truth of God’s word. But the third area that the enemy attacks is the most vulnerable—our thoughts.
Just as the brain controls the body, the mind is the control center for the soul. Sinful, untrue, or even just negative thoughts can affect our emotions, motivations, and persuasions. If we allow unrighteous thoughts to run rampant, our conscience can become hardened, causing us to speak and even act ungodly or sinfully.
If unrighteous, sinful thoughts of anger, vengeance, pride, covetousness…enter our minds, it is vital that we do not allow ourselves the pleasure of entertaining them. Time to place those thoughts in captivity by surrounding them with God’s powerful words of life and truth.