Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Devotional from yesterdays reading

I am going to attempt to read through the bible this year.  But I also read a devotional from Phil Joel (former bass player from Newsboys). He has created a website for people to be deliberate in their pursuit of God.  I read several of his devotions last year, but have decided to read through the bible in a different way this year.  However, I still like reading his thoughts from their daily readings. 

Here is what he wrote for yesterday.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Standout verse:
Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the way of scoffers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord (God’s Word, the Bible) and on it he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in its season.  Whose leaf shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.”
A great verse that talks about the blessings that God promises as we determine to meet with Him and fill ourselves with His Word.  “Day and night” suggests that time alone with the Lord must be top priority in our lives if we want to be a green, healthy, growing tree that drinks from the river and brings forth good fruit.  When we spend time in the quiet, alone with the Lord, we will grow in wisdom and understanding and will hear and know His voice clearly in our lives. As we seek Him, our foundation will become increasingly solid, we will begin to produce good and healthy fruit, and we’ll become the person God created us to be.
When we are truly pursuing the Lord, He will equip us through trials and challenges so that our “leaves shall not wither” and the outcome will be prosperous as we continue to press in and allow Him to take first place in our lives.
I love this passage of scripture in Psalm.  Casting Crowns recorded a song that is based on these verses called "Slow Fade." Every time I read this passage I think of Mark's words about how he decided to write the song. He stated that "blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly."  We are to be walking in God's way...when we stop walking in God's way, we can end up standing - which brings us to the "stands in the way of sinners."  Which speaks of standing with them ... where they hang out.  Also it goes as far to say "nor sits in the way of scoffers." This is where we get comfortable with the world.  It's a slow process...that we may not realize how quickly we got out of God's will.  

The song was featured in the movie "Fireproof" by Sherwood Pictures.  This is another favorite movie of mine.  The song is played during a montage of when the wife of Kirk Cameron's character is getting friendly with another man.  He compliments her, he seems to be doing the things she wants her husband to do, he gives her attention - all the while he's married as well.  

I love the last paragraph from Phil about how God will equip us during our trials and challenges.  It's true God equips us for His purpose.  We need to seek him daily to know where He's leading.  

Until next time... 

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