Devotion for March 18, 2023

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness …” (2 Timothy 3:16)

On a cold day, have you ever tried breathing on your hands to restore warmth and life? That’s like what happens when you meditate on God’s Word, because “all Scripture is God-breathed”. Imagine yourself at a party where people are blowing up balloons and popping them with pins. A scientist could figure out which balloon was yours because your DNA (the genetic configuration that makes you unique) is in your breath.

Now apply that principle to reading the Bible, and you will understand how vital it is to your spiritual life. John tells us “the Word was God” (John 1:1), so anytime you ingest God’s Word, you’re ingesting His attributes. That’s why the Enemy will try to keep you so busy that you have no time to read your Bible.

The truth is, many of the issues we struggle with could be resolved or eliminated altogether if we developed a hunger for God’s Word. Job said, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Jeremiah, who was so dejected that he became known as “the weeping prophet”, said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). Jesus experienced every test and trial known to man; He even went toe-to-toe with the tempter. What was the secret of His strength? He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4).

Prayer

Lord, let Your Word guide my life in everything I do. Let me refresh myself by meditating on Your Word, and rebuild my strength through Your grace and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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