“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
It is not knowing “about” God; it is about “knowing God” in a deep and intimate way. God is saying that if you would get passionate about Him, then you will begin to find Him. How intent are you on knowing God? Begin today by seeking Him with your whole heart.
Father, I come to You today. I really do want to know You. I want to have an intimate relationship with You. Help me discipline myself to take the time to know You, take the time to hear You, take the time to tell You my thoughts, hopes and dreams. To share with You my fears, apprehensions and doubts. As I seek You, I pray that You would reveal more and more of Yourself to me. In Jesus’ Name I ask. 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.
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?
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
The Bible teaches that we must trust God and persevere in difficult times. God is faithful He will never leave us or forsake us. This offers comfort and hope when we go through hardships and trials. We must remain in Christ, stand firm and continue to do the work that God has called us to do. God loves us and He will always be with us. Continue to trust in God and in His will for your life.
Giving up is not an option. If we persevere with God’s help, we too like Paul can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award me.”
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
As Christians, we can often find ourselves reading many books about the Bible while spending relatively little time in the Bible. Pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. While there are many books that can benefit our development, it is God’s Word that should be the foundation of our faith. The Word of God revives us, refreshes our soul and renews our mind.
Having an appetite for God’s Word is one sign that a person truly loves the Lord, for the Bible is food for the soul. Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jer. 15:16). Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). The Bible is sweet to those who love it. Learn it and live it. As you savor the word, it becomes like honey to your soul, you cannot live without it.
The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72
Every verse in the Bible is a gold nugget, and when we meditate on the Word, it’s like storing up gold in the treasuries of our hearts. Nothing is more advantageous in our Christian growth than the consistent, daily meditation on Scripture—not just reading it or studying it, but hiding it in our hearts, storing it in our minds, pondering it, until it works its way into our daily lifestyle.
This year let’s go for the gold!