We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:1-4 (NIV)
Meeting Daily With Me In My Word
I know where I need to be. I know what I need to do. Where do you need to be and what do you need to do? I need to be in your word. I need to make it my daily practice to meet with you in your word. Why is this vitally important? I need to be taught by you. I need to be trained by you. I need to be guarded and guided by your word. I need to be mold and shaped by your word. I need to be lifted up and encouraged and inspired by your word. Your word will strengthen me. Your word will feed and sustain me. Your word will change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. What will happen to you if you fail to meet with me in my word? Not much, none of what I have already mentioned. It is your will and way to use your word to powerfully work in my life. My life, as one of your followers, will be nothing but anemically pathetic if I fail to meet with you in your word. I will not know your will. I will not understand your ways. I will not be able to walk on the path that you have laid out for me. You have very strong opinions on this matter? Yes, I have strong opinions, but I believe that they are not my own. I have made them my own, but they do not originate with me. It is you that has said that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. You have also said that I should remain in you and your word should remain in me. If I do not remain in you and your word does remain in me, my life will bear no fruit and my prayers will not be heard and answered. How said would that be? Very sad, indeed. You are correct, if you want to live the life, I have called you to live, you must meet with me in my word.
Is there a day that will go by that you do not need to hear from me? Is there a day that you don’t need me to teach and train you? Is there a day that you don’t need me to mold and shape you? Is there a day that you don’t need me to guard and guide you? Not one, Lord. Will you keep on meeting daily with me in my word? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I do need your word to work in my life. I need to be taught and trained by your word. I need to be guarded and guide by your word. I need to receive encouragement and hope from your word. Use your word to reorder my thoughts, opinions, and values. Amen
Key Question… Why will your life with God never grow and flourish without regularly meeting with Him in His word?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to meet with God is His word so He can encourage you and fill you with hope.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will have what you need to live a godly life as you continue to meet with God in His word.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group details of your practice of meeting with God daily in His word.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you live a godly life filled with prayers that the Lord will hear and answer.
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