Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 253
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to see a video of the group 4Him singing The Message, which reminds all Christians that then lives we live may be the only love letter others will see from God.
Highlight Passage: Psalm 119: Verses 11, 16, 105, 113 [NKJV} … Use this link ... Carrying our respect and faith in God’s word as far as this faithful Psalmist …
Highlight Context - NKJV: Psalms 119 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … A Psalmist honors God’s word …
Reference Passage #1: Proverbs 3: 5-6 … [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … I hope you know this one BY HEART. It”s true; but do we have this kind of trust; especially in God’s word?
Reference Passage #2: Joshua 1: 8 … [NKJV] … God’s prescription to Joshua for spiritual success was staying in God’s word …
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Reference Passage #3: Isaiah 55: 11 … [NKJV] …
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please; and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Reference Passage #4: 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17… [NKJV] …
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, opens with a poignant story illustrating his point today about God’s wondrous love letter to mankind, … The Bible. He pointed to something I’ve experienced more than once, … the ability to read short letters, written by our girls or grandkids very early in their lives when their writing skills were not yet developed. Yet, in reading those crude, incomplete letters, the love which poured forth from them was indescribable, … yet undeniable.
Well, God’s writing skills are most certainly not imperfect or undeveloped. In fact, His love letter to any of His children who will read and study The Bible is a reflection - through translation - of God’s perfect and powerful expressions of His love for His children. When we study and do all we can to understand God’s word, we’re reading the most perfect letter every written; and it comes from God’s inspired truth. The Bible is God’s love letter for all time; and one of God’s most powerful descriptions of this love letter came from a Psalmist, in Psalm 119, a man, who in poetic language, expresses a deep love affair with God’s word; and I believe this love song is a perfect reflection of what our attitude should be toward God’s truth in The Bible.
And if you’ve taken the time (I hope you have!) to read the various Scriptures, linked or copied above, from Psalm 119 and other reference sources, one has to come away with the realization of the power of God’s word to shape or reshape our lives. Read above how we can avoid sin by burying God’s word deeply into our hearts (Psalm 119: 11). Read how God gave Joshua (and us) the prescription for spiritual success (Joshua 1: 8). See how God’s word, if used for His purposes, will never come back void (see Isaiah 55: 11). And read from Paul to Timothy (and all of mankind) that God’s inspired word leads us toward completeness, providing us with all we need to live our lives (2nd Tim. 3: 16-17).
So, today’s ODB devotional and my blog scream out loudly for us to develop the attitude which the author of Psalm 119 had for God’s word. Personally, it’s why you find me here EVERY MORNING, diving into God’s word and doing all I can to be loved by God through His love letter. I’ll pray that we all become obsessive in being in God’s love letter and letting His love grow in us until it overflows into the lives of others.
Go, dive into God’s love letter today, … and then, write a love letter to someone else [a journal from God’s truth], letting God’s love flow from His word into someone else today.
My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray that any reading here with me today sense your love, flowing from my keyboard to them through Your word. Amen
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