Thursday, January 01, 2015

January 1, 2015 … More Like Christ

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 1

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in video of a chorus singing the old hymn Be Thou My Vision, … declaring the reality of our need to let God’s will and His way, through His word, be our vision into the New Year …

Highlight Passage #1 2nd Timothy 3: 14 [NKJV] … 
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, … 
Highlight Context - 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5; 10-17 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Timothy getting counsel and advice from the wiser Paul for his duties as Pastor of the church in Ephesus.

Reference Passage #1 - Joshua 1: 8-9 [NKJV] … 
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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

Reference Passage #2 - Psalm 119: 105 [NKJV] … 
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet … and a light to my path. 

Reference Passage #3 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … 
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 

Reference Passage #4 - Proverbs, Chapter 16 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Wisdom from Solomon as to where we search to find true wisdom and direction

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David C McCasland, gets me started into the New Year with wise counsel from the Apostle Paul to his protégée, Timothy, who was a young pastor in Ephesus trying to do the “right stuff” for his new Christian flock. Timothy was doing the right thing by following the older, wiser, more experienced Christian mentor, Paul, who could lead the young Pastor in the right and righteous direction.

 Today is New Year’s day; and many of us may feel compelled to set some New Year’s resolutions into motion; but we know - from our past in setting such goals - that, all too often, we fall by the wayside in failure setting these “resolutions” in motion (see attached photo). So, how do we set our course into the New Year and be more resolute and stay on track with our goals?

 Well, the advice Paul gave to young Timothy can certainly help us be more resolute; and the other reference scriptures linked/copied above can help as well (meditate on the passages above). And personally, you can come each day to this place and find me doing my best to do what God has advised Joshua in Joshua 1: 8; or what Solomon was trying to advise his off-spring in Prov. 3: 5-6 or in Chapter 16; or what the author of Psalm 119 was advising concerning God’s word (see Psalm 119: 105); or again, what Paul was advising Timothy in 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17; and that is to get into God’s word and let the truth of Scripture be a light unto our path and our Spirit-led “GPS” into the New Year.

 So, dear one, if you come here - day-by-day-by-day - you will find me delving deeply into God’s word, using the ODB devotionals, to help me stay on track as I seek God’s way and His will from His word.

My Prayer for Today  Lord, shine a light on my Path with Your word so that I can find Your way and stay on track.  … Amen 

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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