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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Bible can be the guidance for your life. Mark Wallace (Suffolk, England) titled his story in The Upper Room “PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT.”
How sweet are your words to y taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! — Psalm 119:103 (NRSV)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Spending time with God daily makes a good spiritual diet.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for your holy word, the Bible. Help us to digest your word and use it as our spiritual source of energy day by day. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH OBESITY
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This Scripture may have been written by Ezra after the Temple was rebuilt (Ezra 6:14-151) as a repetitive meditation on the beauty of God’s Word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in faith. People did not have personal copies of the Scriptures to read as we do, so God’s people memorized his Word and passed it along orally. Remember, God’s Word, the Bible, is the only sure guide for living a pure life.
We are drowning in a sea of impurity. Everywhere we look we find temptation to lead impure lives. The psalmist asked a question that troubles us all: How do we stay pure in a filthy environment? We cannot do this on our own but must have counsel and strength more dynamic than the tempting influences around us. Where can we find that strength and wisdom? By reading God’s Word and doing what is says.
Hiding (keeping) God’s Word in our heart is a deterrent to sin. This alone should inspire us to memorize Scripture. But memorization alone will not keep us from sin; we must also put God’s Word to work in our life, making it a vital guide for everything we do.
Most of us chafe under rules, for we think they restrict us from doing what we want. At first glance, then, it may see strange to hear the psalmist talk of rejoicing in following God’s laws as much as in having great riches. But God’s laws were given to free us to be all he wants us to be. They restrict us from doing what might cripple us and keep us from being our best. God’s guidelines help us follow his path and avoid paths that lead to destruction.
God’s Word is true and wonderful. Stay true to God and his word no matter how bad the world becomes. Obedience to God laws is the only way to achieve real happiness. (NLT)
Psalm 119:1-16 – Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the Lord. Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles! Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands. When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your principles. Please don’t give up on me!
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules. I have tried my best to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your principles. I have recited aloud all the laws you have given us. I have rejoiced in your decrees as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your principles and not forget your word.
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1 Ezra carefully pointed out that rebuilding the Temple was commanded first by God and then by the kings, who were his instruments. How ironic and wonderful that God’s work was carried on by the discovery of a lost paragraph in a pagan library. All the opposition of powerful forces was stopped by a clause in a legal document. God’s will is supreme over all ruler all historical events, and all hostile forces. He can deliver us in ways we can’t imagine. If we trust in his power and love, no opposition can stop us.
The Temple was completed in 515 B.C. (NLT)
Ezra 6:14-15 – So the Jewish leaders continued their work, and they were greatly encouraged by the preaching of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo. The temple was finally finished, as had been commanded by the God of Israel and decreed by Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, the kings of Persia. The Temple was completed on March 12, during the sixth year of King Darius’s reign.
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