Daily Devotionals 1/21-1/26
Monday, January 21
Psalm 40:8 (The Passion Translation)
I delight to fulfill your will, my God, for your living words are written upon the pages of my heart.”
What do you see as the purpose for the Word of God in your life? For many, it is nothing more than a thousand page book of rules and regulations. While it’s true that the Lord has makes it clear what’s right and wrong through the written Word, if you limit it to a code of conduct book you’re missing the blessing contained within it. The power of the Word is not in the do’s and don’ts but it’s in the life contained in every Word you read. No other document or manuscript contains the ‘Living Word’ of God. The Bible is a book of life. Every book, every chapter, every verse, every word contained on its pages has been God-breathed and inspired and reveal God’s heart and love to you. When you open it with the intent of receiving life, the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who wrote it, will impart that life into you. You will see the beyond the page, you will see the very heart of the Author. His heart has always been to bless and empower you to become the very likeness of God Himself. Someone who sees the Word as hard and heavy handed doesn’t know the Author very well. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, January 22
Hebrews 4:12 (The Passion Translation)
For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.
If you’ve ever been to the doctor to have something removed from your body that doesn’t belong, whether it be internal or external, you understand the importance of a sharp scalpel. Can you imagine that damage that would be caused by dull and unmaintained instruments in the operating room! Today’s scripture defines the Word of God as sharp and intentional. Just like a skilled surgeon can use a sharp scalpel to remove a tumor or cyst, the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to reveal what thoughts and motives are pure and which ones are rooted in our flesh. When you allow the Word to penetrate your soul and spirit, it will shine the light of God on those things that do not belong so you can deal with them. While no one likes the idea of ‘going under the knife’, most will make choose to do so rather than let something that doesn’t belong continue to grow and fester. The temporary discomfort of the procedure pales in comparison to the potential damage or loss of life that could result from choosing not to take action. When the Holy Spirit uses the Word to reveal things about you that need to be removed, don’t choose the path of inaction or look at it as the Lord punishing you. Let Him refine you by removing whatever it is that doesn’t belong so you can expect a longer and healthier life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, January 23
Luke 8:11 (The Passion Translation)
“Here, then, is the deeper meaning to my parable: The word of God is the seed that is sown into hearts.
Have you ever stopped to consider the phenomenal power that exists within a seed? A seed, once it’s sown, begins to break out of it’s shell and what’s inside is revealed through what grows. The amazing thing about a seed is that it can be centuries old and still grow once it’s planted. The Word of God is considered a seed. The power it contains will be released when it’s sown. When God speaks to you, whether it be through His written Word or by His Spirit, those Words are sown into your heart and are ready to produce. There is no limit to the potential harvest that His Words can produce in your life. So knowing this, you can determine how much seed you allow Him to sow. The more time you spend in communication with Him, the more opportunity He will have to speak into your life. You can be content with an occasional harvest here and there or you can go after one that is bountiful and beneficial to more than just yourself. The greater your harvest, the more power and reach you’ll have to sow into others. So how much are you harvesting? Are you allowing the Sower to plant His good seed in you heart? Your harvest is waiting. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, January 24
Hebrews 1:3 (The Passion Translation)
3 The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.
The power of the Word of God is only released when it is spoken. This is how God sows, or plants it in your heart, He speaks it over you. Everything thing that exists has been been created by speaking. But not just speaking any random words, but by speaking what has been revealed in someone’s heart. When God created the universe the Bible says “…and God said…” It doesn’t say He just wished it or thought about it, no, He had to open His mouth and spoke. The same light that was created in the beginning is still shining today and it will continue until He speaks again telling it to stop. All of creation is held together by His spoken word. When you consider this truth, you will begin to understand the importance of the written Word in your life. You see, originally, the written Word was spoken by Him into the hearts of the writers. He was good and gracious enough to have it written down so that you could have something to speak as well. Are there areas of your life feel like they’re not holding together very well? If you’ll take the time to seek Him and His Word, those Words will begin to hold your world together as well. Read them, hear Him, and speak out what He reveals to you. - Love ad Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, January 25
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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.
Do you want to be prosperous, successful, and blessed? You would be hard pressed to find a person who would answer, “No” to this question. The Lord gives the secret to success in today’s text and it’s pretty simple…know the Word, speak the Word, and do the Word. When you make it your purpose to have your life line up with the Word of God, you will operate in a way that supersedes the way the world operates. He is a God of increase and promotion. He knows that His principles aren’t just get rich quick schemes that may involve worldly tactics that try to put you in a place of superficial comfort. His ways are eternal and they will be in effect throughout eternity. You are not confined to your current government or economical structure but you can influence it for the Kingdom by instilling the Godly lifestyle and principles found in His Word. He is a loving and generous Father and He has laid out His good plans for you all throughout the Bible. All you have to do is open it up and you’ll see them. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, January 26
Ephesians 6:17 (The Passion Translation)
…and take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God.
When most people think of the sword of the Spirit, they equate it to their actual physical Bible. They have this idea of swinging their Bible around like a sword and combating the enemy with it. What you have to understand is that the Words that are written on the page do you absolutely no good until they are transferred to your heart. The sword described in today’s scripture verse is not a literal, hand held, physical book but it’s the actually Word that you’ve received revelation of by taking it from the page and planting it in your spirit. The Bible that sits on your coffee table or in the windshield of you car is of absolutely no benefit to you. The only scripture that is going save or help you in any way is the scripture that you know on a spiritual level. Should you keep your Bible near you? Absolutely! Should you carry with you? Yes! Should you read it frequently? Of Course. Think about it like this. If for some reason you lost access to the Bible, in other words, you could never lay your hands on one again, would there be enough of it in you to keep you going? How many battles could you win with what’s on the inside of you right now? Sobering isn’t it. - Love and blessings, Pastor Jeff
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