Give attention to God's Word today
Today's Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:5, Philippians 2:25, Hebrews 4:12
A flourishing Christian walk goes beyond sitting in church or having hands laid on us. As amazing as it is to be in the pews and be “hit” with a Word from the altar that “redirects” us, “calls us to caution”, or “blesses us with a prophetic word”, we will never, ever understand all of God’s will for our lives through those means.
The charge to you today is to spend time in God’s Word. This devotional entry talks about the ways in which the Word of God, depending on how it is received by the believer, yields in the believer’s life. As a Christian, it takes much more than attending church services to build a relationship with God or to discover what God desires of you. One of the jokes that people make in speech sometimes goes, “I don’t need a prophet to tell me that”, when it comes to “common sense” situations. There are some “common sense” situations in the Christian walk, not because you don’t need God’s leading, but because you have paid attention to the Word and it has formed roots in you, so you “know what to do” in those certain situations. In other words, you are led by God’s Word, and God is His Word. For instance, if you find yourself in a circle of friends where theft is their watchword, you do not need prophecy to know what to do, because God’s Word already says, “Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools” (Jeremiah 17:11).
In today’s Scriptures, we see Paul exemplifying this reality to us. There was a lawsuit between the believers, and Paul says, “What a shame that there is not one within the church who has the spirit of wisdom who could arbitrate these disputes and reconcile the offended parties!” (1 Corinthians 6:5 TPT). He expected that as believers, they would know better. The same applies to us – how many times are we looking for an external confirmation to make us “feel good” or to “save us” from “the stress” of finding things out on our own, by the help of the Holy Spirit?
God is intentional about our lives, and He wants you and me to constantly conform not just to the “rhema” that the Pastor speaks in church, or the prophecy of a great future that your prophet declares over you, but more importantly, to the secrets that He reveals to us from His Word when we sit down at His feet alone.
Action Point: Give attention to God’s Word today.