Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 9-21-20

Psalm 119:97-98
I Love the Word of God
O how I love and treasure the revelation of your word;
throughout the day I fill my heart with its light!
By considering your commands I have an edge over my enemies,
for I take seriously everything you say.

Recently, I have been reading a book written by Rabbi Schneider in order to reflect upon his thoughts regarding the biblical book of Revelation and end times. It is truly amazing how much great information is in the book and the way it builds upon my knowledge and understanding of how the Word of God—from Genesis through Revelation—all fits into an amazing story of God’s love and plan for redeeming his human creation. Yet, if all I did was read the Rabbi’s book to amass more knowledge or I never brought that insight to the whole of Scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ, I would fail to lay hold of true godly wisdom. We must activate the truth of the Word by allowing it to permeate our attitudes and behaviors; the Word has been given to feed us the truth of God and his will for us. If we reject the Word, we will follow what seems right to us not necessary what God says is right. When we apply the Word of God to our lives, we begin to live the truth of who we are in Christ; here we can remain in the shadow of the Almighty and have power over our enemies.

In our passage today, the psalmist reminds us that no matter what is going on in the world, the challenges we face or the attacks of the enemy, God has revelation for us through his word that leads to victory. If we will allow God to guide our lives, wisdom will be released to us and we will find ourselves overcoming our enemies—the world (1 John 2:15-17), the flesh/our sinful nature (Gen 5:3-4), and the devil (1 Peter 5:8). If you need help understanding the world, your sinful nature, or the attacks of Satan to draw you away from Christ, then start spending time in the Word of God; take God’s Word seriously and begin to practice it.

Prayer: Lord, every day your inspiration comes through your Word and I become more and more aware of how very well planned out your mission to redeem humanity has been from the very beginning. Please continue to teach me through your Word and through the insights of your children. Light my path with your Word! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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