Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 … God’s Word Brings Life

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 16

Devotional Video: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of a lyrical presentation of God’s word from a conference called, “Scripture Jam,” entitled … The Word, … reminding all Christians of the power of God’s word to enlighten, enrich, enable, and empower our lives

Highlight Passage 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. 
Highlight Context - Isaiah 55: 8-11 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
...  God reminds us of His everlasting and reviving truth - HIS WORD - which brings life to all who use it for God’s purposes

Reference Passage #1 - Joshua 1: 8 [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. … 
 … God wanting us to thrive just as The Lord did for Joshua in leading God’s people into the Promised Land

Reference Passage #2 - Psalm 1 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK -  …
 … Those who dwell in God’s word will thrive as a tree planted near living waters …

Reference Passage #3 - Psalm 119: 11, 18, 25, 40, 88, 105, 144 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK  
… The Psalmist revived and living by the Word of God
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. … 
 … God’s truth - through Paul - of the permanence and power of God’s word

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dennis Fisher, uses a lovely word picture to illustrate the life-giving power of God’s word to bring life out of death. If you’ve ever been in the desert after a rain shower, you may have seen what is illustrated in the attached photo, … how lovely flowers spring up out of the barren desert lands.

And ODB author today, Dennis Fisher, points out that God’s word, when it is applied to our lives, … and even lives which are barren and lifeless, … will never, as God says through the Prophet in Isaiah 55: 11, be void. In fact, as God, through Paul, also wrote to Timothy [and to us in 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17], Scripture is like the rain in the desert, producing life when things seem dead or barren in our lives.

 Today, I was led to go back and read and meditate on Psalm 119 (see the passages linked above), where the Psalmist shows his love affair with the word of God. And I believe, when any of us have that kind of love for God’s truth, getting it deeply into our hearts, as God spoke to Joshua in Joshua 1: 8 or through David in Psalm 1, we will come alive just as the blossoms do in the desert when they are fed by the rain.

 I pray that we’re all deeply into God’s word every day and being revived and fed by God’s living waters.

My Prayer for Today O Lord, … Your word is the source of life in my spirit; and it revives me daily. … Amen

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