Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!
Almighty God, the Giver of life and Forgiver of sins, we come to You now with hope: Hope because You always love us, even though at times it seems like we have been forsaken. Hope because you do not hold our sins against us, but instead grant us Your grace. Hope because You turn our hearts toward You and give us the courage to trust You in a world filled with darkness. Help us, Lord, to confess our sins, remembering that Your Son died for our sins so that we might be reconciled to You. Create in us the desire to serve You faithfully in all that we say and do. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Devotional- By Scott Wright
Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. Psalms 119:67 (NKJV)
We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, “Understanding & Implementing Discipline.” We’ve learned that we will have a propensity to repeat our mistakes within our Christian walk until we implement spiritual disciplines into our life—disciplines that will help us to stay focused on God and his Word. In Part 2, we took a look at our first spiritual discipline, which was prayer. In Part 3 of this series we will begin to look at our second spiritual discipline, which is:
- Spending time in the Word of God
If you’ve read my writings for any period of time, you will see a common thread on certain Biblical principles—reading the Word of God is one of them. It is absolutely essential for us to read our Bibles continuously, as it is how we know the will of God for our lives.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
God has chosen His Word as the way with which He speaks to us and to give us guidance. Here are a few other facts that we should know about the Bible.
The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12)
God magnifies His Word above His own name (Ps. 138:2)
We are not to live on bread alone—but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:4)
We are commanded to “rightly divide” the Word of truth.
The Word of God is our only offensive weapon (Eph. 6:17)
Q: How are we to properly read and understand God’s Word?
We are to pray for His guiding us in understanding before we start reading—asking The Holy Spirit to reveal to us anything that He would want to show us. One of the essential fundamentals of reading God’s Word is its application to our lives. If we don’t think something applies to us, then we tend to lose interest, but God’s Word applies to every one of our lives, so it is important for us to always consider how the passages of scripture affect our life? After we have read a passage of Scripture, we should ask these basic questions within our mind and see how the passages become alive with significance, application and meaning.
- Does this passage of Scripture reveal sin in my life and an area where I need to confess and repent?
- Does this passage of Scripture reveal something about my relationship with God?
- Does this passage of Scripture reveal something about my relationship with other people in my life?
- Does this passage of Scripture reveal a need for me to seek the forgiveness of another person?
- After reading the passage am I willing to abide in the truths that have been revealed by it—or am I going to continue to follow my feelings?
Another goal to set is the reading of our Bible daily. When we set this goal, we should take time to think through a practical schedule that is likely to promote success. We can read in the morning before our day starts, or in the evening with a friend or spouse. Set a goal of reading your Bible seven times a week for a period of one-hour. This is a measurable goal instead of just saying, “I need to read my Bible more, so I am going to do that.”
I want to encourage you to discipline yourself in this area of reading God’s Word. The impact on your life will be profound, and the wisdom will have you living a life that is truly blessed.
STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to reading God’s Word from the verses contained within this devotional?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you giving a portion of your day to prayerfully reading and studying the Word of God?
APPLICATION: Let’s choose to give the Lord the firstfruits of our day, because He will reward us in an amazing way.
Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for helping us to understand as we read it. We pray for Your guidance and wisdom as we read Your Word today Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.