Sin is always dressed up to look tempting and appealing. Discernment protects us from such deception.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to discern good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 The bible is very clear. Constant reading of the word helps us discern. Furthermore, we need a clear connection to the Holy Spirit to have peace and assurance that we’re doing the right thing and aligned with God’s will. Sometimes an opportunity appears very appealing. But if the Holy Spirit within us impresses upon us not to pursue it, then we dare not—we may never know what danger we avoided by being obedient.
Let us be wise and discerning by abiding in His word and being in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ Isaiah 40:8
– There are many things that people put their confidence in.
– What are you putting your confidence in today?
– Is it something that will last?
– You can depend on God and on His word!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are the everlasting God and Your word stands forever. Teach me to be dependent on You and on Your word. Amen.
The word of God-
It makes us wise (2 Timothy 3:15)
It helps us grow up (1 Peter 2:2)
It directs our lives (Psalm 119:105)
It keeps us from sinning (Psalm 119:11)
It guarantees our success (Joshua 1:8)
It prepares us for God’s plan for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
If you talk to any backslider, you’ll find that before he ever backslid, he quit reading the Word. The Word is your ammunition. Don’t go to battleground called life, unarmed.
How can a young person stay pure? By living according to God’s word. Many people think that the Bible is not relevant for our times. But the Bible answers every question that is vitally important to us in this life and the life to come. It is the only guide to holiness, to a life that is pure, dedicated and pleasing to God. Read the word daily, apply it in your daily life and before long you will come to Calvary, recognise why the Lord Jesus died and shed His precious blood; you will discover how to be cleansed from the guilt and penalty of your sin (1 John 1:7).
Have you gone a day without eating? Imagine not eating for a week. You will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life; the Bible is food for our spiritual development. If we go too long without reading His word, we will feel spiritually weak and sick.
Why do we need the word? Jesus defeated the devil using the word of God. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can defeat the enemy. In times of trouble the Word of God is our stay. It is food for our soul and brings joy and drives out doubt. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is life and health to our bones. Jeremiah15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
In the midst of all that is shifting and changing God assures us that His Word “stands forever!” Anything outside of God’s Word will wither and fade away. God’s word is the final authority. God’s Word is powerful; it can take an unsaved, uninterested, hard-hearted human being and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you, too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life. It shows the way to eternal life through Christ. It gives life meaning and purpose. Have you read His word today?
When we start out our day first with a time of Bible reading and prayer, it makes an enormous difference in the way that day plays out. It’s the time He fills us with His strength and wisdom. Therefore, we’re better equipped to face the challenges of the day.
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
What a great pattern for us to follow! Setting aside time to seek Him everyday reminds us that we rely on Him daily!
Psalm 34:18- The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Jesus is our “Great Physician!”
Are you heartbroken? Have you been hurt in any way? Are you disheartened? Are you trying to carry a burden that is too heavy for you? God, who made you, cares for you. He has the power and ability to heal you. He is able to carry your burden. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Nobody understands your pain like He does. He invites you to come. He alone can heal and restore. He alone can give you the peace and joy that no man can give.
Fretting turns our focus from God to ourselves. When we lay awake at night because of the evildoers we fret. We lay there thinking of all the things we can do or should have done to make it right! All the while, we’re letting it eat us up. In Psalm 37, David reminds us that these evildoers are nothing. They will vanish like the grass that withers.
Instead, he calls us to: trust in the Lord, find our delight in Him, commit our ways to the Lord, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Remembering this truth is the hardest thing to do, but we must remember…“The battle is not ours, but God’s.”
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Luke 8:7
You can’t hear God when your mind is full of thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the TV on or you are constantly on your phone.
All of these distractions are what Jesus was referring to in Luke 8 as weeds. He says, those weeds grew with the seed and strangled it. If you are always on the go you can’t hear God. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. 1 Kings 19:12 says, when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn’t in a wind or earthquake or fire; it was in a gentle whisper. If you want to hear God’s, you have to be still in His presence.