Posted by: Brian Musser | January 15, 2013

Loving God’s Word

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 2 Bible Reading (Day 8)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

As we continue on our journey in developing the  spiritual disciplines that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives we will continue to make prayer a habit.  Please take a moment using what we have developed last week and talk to God.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive us of our sins.
  3. Ask God to bless us.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank God for the good things He has done for us.

As we grow closer to God we are going to maintain the conversation, but conversations work in both directions.  Last week we focused completely on us talking to God through prayer.  This week we are going to work on hearing from God.  Sometimes we will receive messages from God in ours prayers and our consciousness   Realizations that God wants to say something specific to us.  Although, this is a valid way that the God of the universe may on occasion choose to communicate with us it is not God’s chosen normal way.  God’s voice is most often heard through the Bible.  Reading the Bible is how we can hear God.  Because this is how we hear God most often, most effectively and most definitively, we need to intentionally develop the habit of reading the Bible regularly.

I have some exciting news for you.  If you have been participating with us over the last seven days of this devotional you have already read the Bible for seven days in a row. If you remember, everyday last week we read the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6.  I didn’t highlight the fact that we were already developing the habit of Bible reading but we were!  Today is day eight in making prayer and Bible reading an everyday part of your life.  For the next seven days we are going to focus on Bible reading as we continue to incorporate prayer in our lives.

Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

The verses above are an excerpt from Psalm 119 which is a poem of 176 lines continuously praising the Bible as the amazing word of God.  We need to take the writer’s passion for the Bible seriously and start to develop our own love for it.  We also can see how the words of God in the Bible help us keep from doing things we shouldn’t and help us do those things we should.  The writer also commits to spending time thinking, reading and reciting the Bible.  It was an important part of the writer’s life.  A good way to develop this kind of attitude for the Bible is through spending consistent time in it.  Hearing the words of God through reading the Bible needs to be a daily joy for us.  Over the next several weeks we will be developing the habit of reading the Bible.  We are looking to develop the consistent habit of Bible reading as a spiritual discipline with the hope that over the weeks, months, years and decades of our life that hearing God through his Bible will bring us the PEACE of Jesus Christ and change our lives.

I hope you are looking forward to praying and reading more scripture tomorrow!

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