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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
You can learn how to follow Him by thinking about His Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (NLT)
Psalm 1:1-6 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Those who trust in the Lord . . . shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and it leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious. –Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NRSV)
May Patterson (Alabama) titled her story “STREAMS OF LIVING WATER;” here is a portion of May’s story:
“Before I was born, my grandfather bought a lake cabin on a winding dirt road in the country. . . . The road follows a clear stream that bubbles up from underground. Even on a hot July day, this area is refreshingly shady and cool because of the huge trees that line the stream banks. . . .
“When I read the verses above, I picture those trees lining the stream bank, tall and green. The scripture reminds me that spiritual growth results from a consistent supply of living water from God’s word and presence. Jesus said, ‘Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst’ (John 4:14, NIV).
“Spending time with the Lord refreshes our souls. When we reach out to God – through scripture study and prayer – we receive that living water. Immersing ourselves in God’s word each day brings us a vibrant spiritual life and keeps our lives joyful and strong, even in times of drought.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I can be refreshed by living water as I spend time with God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, refresh us with streams of living water so we may grow strong and bear fruit, even during our struggles. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WITH NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
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