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Daily Devo- Build Your Life on the Bible

Carefully read and re-read the below scripture from James 1. Note the instruction it gives us to living life in a relationship with God. What does it look like? What type of behaviors/habits should we have to live a healthy, purposeful, and productive life in Christ?

James 1:19-25 NKJV

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Hope comes from having a purpose.

As Christians we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We should be living our life with an overcoming attitude and an attitude of acceptance.

Faith comes from hearing the message- the message comes from the Word of Christ.

The Word of God is the “seed”- our hearts are the soil. Soil has to be prepared before a seed can be planted and thrive- just as our hearts need to be prepared to be receptive to hear God’s voice.

4 Attitudes for good reception to God’s Word

  1. Quiet
  2. Calm
  3. Humble
  4. Clean (take out the garbage-remove all sin and evil through confession)

An attitude of acceptance- welcomes the Word of God.

You cannot just listen to the Word of God-
You must DO WHAT YOU READ.

We need to evaluate our spiritual walk- are we hearers or doers of God’s Word?

Knowing something is NOT what makes it fruitful in your life. It is the application of what you know that determines the effect it has in and on your life. You can hear the Word of God and know the truth, but if you do not apply it to your life the knowledge is fruitless.

God calls us to be doers of His Word- not hearers.

It is through the hearing and doing of the Word of God that shapes us for the purpose He gives us in life.

I ask you today to look into the mirror- truly gaze at yourself and be honest- are you being a hearer or doer of Gods Word? Do you know what your purpose is in this life? Are you actively stepping in faith towards God’s ultimate plan for your life?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for giving us Your Word, for guiding us and directing our paths. I am so thankful that you are a patient and forgiving God. Lord forgive me for the times I am acting as a hearer to Your Word instead of being a doer. Lord help each of us to truly look within ourselves and have discernment with what You are reveling to us. Show us how to actively listen and do what You are speaking to us. Give us the courage and strength to be bold in You- seeking first Your kingdom and purpose for our life. It is in Jesus might name I pray.

Amen

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Discovering God in Israel’s Crossing of the Jordan River

First read the story of Israel’s crossing of the Jordan River and take notes of how you see God in the story and how you see yourself in the story.

The account is documented in Joshua 3-4 and took place during the settlement period (1440-1050 BC)

Seeing God in Israel’s crossing of the Jordan River.

  • God keeps His promises!
  • He guides and directs His people.
  • Promises and proves He will be with those who move forward in faith in Him.
  • If God appoints you to do something-such as lead- He will see you through.
  • God is powerful and can turn obstacles into a safe path.
  • God makes His presence known and undeniable.
  • God has the power to control nature.
  • God wants His mighty works and miracles taught to our children.
  • God wants every person and every nation to know His might.
  • God calls us to ‘take a step’- we must be obedient to His direction.

Did you note something during your reading that isn’t on the list?

Share your list in the comments below.

Reading Reflection

Is there an obstacle in your life that God is leading you to overcome?

Do you think He is calling you to step out in faith and allow Him to lead you into ‘unknown territory’? If so, take note of what you feel God is telling you to do.

Why have you been reluctant to listen to Him? What is stopping you from following His lead?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being a God of promises kept! Thank you for always guiding our steps and leading us to Your will. God forgive us for hesitating to step out and follow you in faith. Lord we know you are almighty and powerful and can make a way when there seems to be none. Lord, fill us up with Your Holy Spirit- give us discernment in Your word and help us to remember if You call us to it- You will see us through it. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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The Call of Abraham

Abram was seventy-five years old– when God called him to depart– to leave his family and country– to go to a place unknown to him. The scripture puts it as “a place I will show you.” God promised Abram a number of things, if he would have faith and do as God instructed him.

God promised Abram:

  • A great nation
  • To bless him
  • Make his name known and great
  • That he would be a blessing to others– a blessing to those who bless him and a curse to those who curse him
  • All the families on the Earth will be blessed because of him.

Abram chose to listen to the Lord and prepared to depart from Haran. Abram took his wife–Sarai and his brother’s son– Lot– he gathered their possessions and the people whom they encountered in Haran and departed.

They traveled to the land of Canaan– passed through to the place called Shechem– and continued as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. Then the Lord appeared to Abram again and told him, “To your descendants I will give this land.”

So Abram built an altar to the Lord there. He then traveled to the mountain east of Bethel and pitched a tent– he built an altar there and called upon the Lord. Abram would continue on his journey toward the south.

Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him and said ” I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

Abram fell on his face before God and God talked to him saying..

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations; I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”


Find it in the Bible: Genesis 12:1-9 & Genesis 17:1-8

What can we learn from these scriptures?

Abram, later known as Abraham, lived a bold and faithful life. When the Lord called him– he listened and acted on what God told him– because of Abraham’s faithfulness and willingness to follow God, God blessed Abraham, his decsendents, and all the people of the Earth. That means You and me too!

We can also see that Abram was not a “young-spring-chicken” when God called upon him. The sciptures notes he was 75 years of age the first time God called him to leave his family and 99 years old when God revealed himself and told Abraham he would be a father of many nations. If you continue reading outside the mentioned scriptures above you will see God also promised Abraham who was now 100– that his wife Sarah who was 90 years of age, that she would bear a child. (They had no children of their own at this point.)

Abraham and Sarah both laughed at the idea they would have a child at their age. But God- with God all things are possible. He kept each and every one of His promises– and still does to this day!

God uses all people young and old to fulfill His will and Purpose.

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The Battle of Jericho

This story is from Joshua chapter six in the Bible. I use the New King James Version– that is just my preference. Although the story is below I always encourage each person to look it up for themselves and read it directly from God’s word.

The Story

The town of Jericho was shut-up no one came in or went out. The Lord told Joshua that Jericho was to be his–that he would be king. God instructed Joshua how to take over the city of Jericho. He was very specific in His instruction.

God said ‘ You shall march around the city, all of your men of war; you shall go all around the city at once. He told them to do this for six days. He said that seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horn and on the seventh day they shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow their trumpets. God then instructed Joshua that with the blast of the rams horns when they hear the sound of the trumpets all the men shall shout. God told Joshua that when he and his men did this the walls will fall flat and the city will be his.

So Joshua called the priests and told them what God had said to him. Then the seven priests, the armed men, and the guard followed Joshua. Joshua instructed his men not to shout or make noise until the day he instructed them to.

Each day for the next six days–Joshua and his men got up and marched around the city and rested back at camp, just as God had instructed him. On the seventh day–they marched around the city seven times– and on the seventh time blew the trumpets and the men all shouted. The walls of Jericho came down and the city was doom by the Lord’s destruction. The city and all who were in it were doomed–except for Rehab. Rehab was a harlot but she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy on Jericho. So when the walls fell and the city was doomed– Joshua spared Rehab and all those in her house– he saved them.

Joshua and his men went into the city and they burned the city and all that was in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord and Rehab and her relatives were spared.

Take a deeper look

The story of Jericho shows us a lot about God and how His will works.

Often times we pray and ask God for direction and to lead the way but then are not willing to follow Him when He calls. God uses ordinary, broken people to do His work through His power. We can’t expect to pray and ask God to help us and lead the way and not be willing to do whatever He asks of us.

It is like saying God– Here I am– Send Me!!

Then He calls and says– Ok, Go here or do this– And we CHOOSE not to listen.

You know– the okay God I want to follow you but not this one–not this time–pick someone else– use me somewhere else.

Why do we do this? Why ask Him if we do not intend to listen? I think a lot has to do with our unspoken expectations. When we pray we kind of think we already have the solution all figured out one way or another.

So when He calls us to do something outrageous much like He did with Joshua– we find reasons not to do it. Either because we don’t like what He is sending us to do, we have fear, or we are plain stubborn and make excuses as to why we can’t do it, shouldn’t do it, or even convince ourselves that it’s not God sending us.

God works in mysterious ways in order to build trust and reliance on Him and in Him as the almighty God– the one whom has it all figured out. He sees a far bigger picture then what we do.

Let this story be great encouragement for your to push forward and follow God no matter how crazy or how hard the path may seem. Remember if God is for you–who can be against you? The Lord will always protect you through what He has called you to do.

The story in Joshua is one of great strength, faith, and obedience to God. It shows God’s faithfulness to those who listen to Him and follow His lead. It shows He can and will use anyone– no matter what their past is.

God used Rehab to protect the messengers (spies) He sent–Yes, God used the Harlot Rehab in order to fulfill His will– He used her, He is using me, and He can use you too!

No one is too broken or too lost to fulfill their purpose in Christ– In fact, that is why each of us have been put here.

Chase God! Chase your dreams! Follow your heart!

Reflection

What do you think God is saying to you through the story in Joshua 6?

Can you think of a time God called you to do something– that seemed out of the ordinary? Did you do it? What happened?

Have you ever felt God is calling you to do something-but you feel unqualified?

If you said yes to the question above let me take a second to encourage you to follow God’s lead.. He doesn’t call the qualified- He qualifies the ones He calls.

Write down one dream you have– Give it to God– Seek His direction to achieve your goals and more so– Your Purpose in Him.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- July 3 2019

John 16:13 (NKJV)

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- February 27, 2017

Hebrews 13:6- So we may boldly say: “The Lord is My helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- February 18, 2017

Ecclesiastes 8:6-7- Because for every matter there is a time and judgment; Though the misery of man increases greatly. 7 For he does not know what will happen; So who can tell him when it will occur?

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- June 22, 2016

Romans 8:28– And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.