Tuesday, June 06, 2017

June 6, 2017 … Following God Today

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 155 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Mercy Me singing … Word of God Speak … poignantly singing of the best way to hear from the God of the Universe … by meditating on His Word, the Bible.

Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 119:37 [NLT} … 
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things, and give me life through Your word. 
… We find the Godly way of life by meditating on God’s truth.
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 119: 33-40 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The Psalmist declares his eagerness and discipline in meditating in God’s word and how it changes his life.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Joshua 1:8 [NLT] … 
8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 
… God’s prescription for success in following His will for life - i.e., daily meditation in His word.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Psalm 1:1-3 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God shows us how to prosper in His ways … to meditate on His word - DAY AND NIGHT!

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … James 1:25 [NLT] … 
25 But if you look carefully [i.e., “meditate”] into the perfect law that sets you free [i.e., “God’s word”], and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 
 … If we seek God’s blessing, we need to be

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David McCasland, wrote about a Harvard University President’s formula for success in life. The ODB author wrote: Dr. Charles W. Eliot, longtime president of Harvard University, believed that ordinary people who read consistently from the world’s great literature for even a few minutes a day could gain a valuable education. In 1910, he compiled selections from books of history, science, philosophy, and fine art into fifty volumes called The Harvard Classics. Each set of books included Dr. Eliot’s Reading Guide titled “Fifteen Minutes A Day” containing recommended selections of eight to ten pages for each day of the year.

Well our God also provided mankind with HIS formula for success; and as you can read in the Scriptures above, God’s way to success in carrying out His will and following His ways is to meditate with discipline (i.e., daily) in His word. And as the group Mercy Me sings in the linked song, we can be - and often are - at a loss for words, … but God never is!!

And when we’re willing to discipline ourselves to really meditate on his word daily, He will not only lead us in His direction (see all of Psalm 119); but He will transform us in the image of His Son, our King, Jesus.

My friends, that’s why you find me here EVERY DAY, digging into God’s word, meditating on it, and journaling what I believe my Lord gives me for my own walk in life [see photo], as well as to help others on their walk as well. I pray any reading here are developing that discipline of daily Bible meditation.

And if you’d like help in that walk, I’d strongly recommend a book by Robert J. Morgan, entitled Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation, which you can hear about AT THIS LINK, … and it can be procured online.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, thank You for showing me Your ways as I meditate on Your word. … 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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