"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ~ Luke 11:14-36 ~ Psalm 77:1-20 ~ Proverbs 12:18
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Old Testament – I love the blessings for obedience that open up our Deuteronomy chapter 28 readings today! I actually first heard these read at a wedding several years back. The best man in the wedding read these verses as a blessing to the bride & groom. Somehow I missed the “obedience” to God’s commands part of the blessing… Obedience is quite a word I think for Christians to consider. I’m not sure that it is a popular word for us sometimes. I do believe that we are called to obedience as followers of Jesus. Jesus himself was of course obedient – obedient even to death on a cross.
New Testament – Jesus’ teaching in Luke chapter 11 verse 23 is so important for us to understand – “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”
Jesus’ teaching in Luke chapter 11 verse 36 is powerful for each of us to consider! “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.” That second little clause there I think is key – with no dark corners. I’ll admit that I have traveled through life with some dark corners. And it is no way to go. The dark corners do affect the Light really shining in you and through you – and the dark corners I believe can affect your relationship with God. I pray that if you know you have a dark corner in your life, confess it to God and Jesus. Pray for forgiveness and repent! God will fill you with light – a light that will penetrate and remove those dark corners in your life. But, you’ve gotta confess them & repent of them with God… You know it’s worth it. To live a radiant life, as though a floodlight is shining on you is the only way to live!
Psalms – Today in Psalm 77 verses 11 and 12 we read – “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” I think these verses get at one of the amazing things about each of us reading the One Year Bible this year – both the Old & New Testaments. We are reading perhaps for the first time – or maybe the 17th time – about God’s miracles of long ago. We are “remembering” God’s miracles for our spiritual ancestors, for ourselves, and for those around us in our lives today whom we will teach about God’s saving love.
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 12 verse 18 is such a strong reminder that the words that come out of our mouths can either build people up – and even heal them – or tear people down – “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 NIV
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