“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
If the Word of God was a dead book, I could read it once and that would be all I need. Every time I read through God’s Word, I am in a different place spiritually. Since the Word is living and active, I gain something new each time I read the verses. The Holy Spirit will prompt me with things I need to understand concerning my spiritual growth.
The same thing can happen to me emotionally, mentally, socially, financially, and in a host of other categories. Each time the Holy Spirit speaks to me in a given area of my life, I see and understand truth expressed in a fashion more clearly than before. It is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to reveal truth. It is my responsibility to apply truth. Spending time reading God’s Word provides an opportunity for both of these responsibilities to take place.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Holy Spirit, I am captivated by the way You speak to me in fresh ways as I read, study and meditate upon the Word. Continue to draw me more deeply into the heart of all You are and all You want me to be as I live into the Word of Truth!
Praise God for the privilege of coming to him in worship and praise today. Give thanks with “shouts of joy and thanksgiving” (Ps. 42:4) for God’s many benefits. Confess your occasional lack of enthusiasm in devotion. Commit yourself to “festive” times of personal worship. Ask God to meet with you on those occasions.
Ask that the devotional experiences of your family and friends will be characterized by joy. Pray that the Spirit will enliven their walk with God.
“Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” —John Bunyan
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).