Walk With God: Get The Word In

I am currently reading through the Bible and journalling thoughts, comments and notable verses as I read. It’s an interesting journey. Today included Psalm 86. Here is my paraphrase…

Preserve my life

Be gracious to me

Gladden my soul

You (God) are good and forgiving

You (God) abound in love

Give ear to my prayer

No works are like Yours

You (God) are great and do marvellous things

Teach me Your way

I give thanks to You

You (God) have delivered me

You (God) are slow to anger and abounding in love

Show me a sign

Show me Your favour

In my walk with God, as I take time to pause I have always been amazed and reassured how the perfectness of Gods word can bring encouragement to me every day. The simpleness of these statements make them even more powerful and when I speak them over my life I am giving them permission to change me.

Why not take these 4 words and use them to bring the word of God alive in your own reading.

PAUSE and wait on God. Reflect on the PERFECTNESS of His word for you right where you are. Acknowledge how POWERFUL those words are. Give them PERMISSION to work in you and through you throughout your day.

Seek God…Work Wholeheartedly [Day 25]

Reading the Bible is great. Loads of familiar friends and then the occasional verse that seems to jump out from nowhere. 2 Chronicles 31 tells us about King Hezekiah. He did right in the sight of the Lord. One phrase describing how he did life intrigued me as well as encouraging me that maybe I’m doing the right things in my desire for breakthrough…

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‘In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.’

Prosper=seek God+work wholeheartedly

To be wholehearted toward something is to show unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm. In other words ‘GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT!!’

On reflection, until fairly recently I probably did this…seek God but not work, or alternatively work but not seek God. It’s encouraging to see that it’s as a combination results are produced. Having made a statement of faith on Sunday at Xcel Darlington about seeing an increase in numbers throughout MASSIVE MARCH I am more determined than ever to SEEK GOD + WORK WHOLEHEARTEDLY so that Xcel Darlington will prosper.

How about you? Ever failed in this equation? Are you giving it all you’ve got?