2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
You can learn how to follow God by meditating on his Word. Meditating means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and meditating on God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (ref: http://www.youversion.com/?reading_plan=life-application-study-bible-devotion)
Another benefit is that it prepares you to know the difference between truth and lies. The devil comes to rob, steal, and destroy. He uses sin of the eyes, sin of the flesh, and the pride of life to try and pull us off track. Knowing God’s Word and meditating on it daily, along with having a living relationship with Him where you are able to speak with Him day and night, allows you to move forward with God and be able to get feedback and direction as you face the challenges of this life. Be it at home preparing for the day, be it in the car on your way somewhere, be it at work preparing for a meeting, staying connected is key. The devil will try to make you believe you don’t need to stay connected, but the reality is that when you stay connected God is able to work in you, on you, and through you to produce a fruit to impact this world.
There may be areas that need to be removed that you don’t even know about. I found that one out earlier this month when I discovered that because of pride, a bitter root or a stronghold had taken place. It had taken place years ago and I had forgotten about it. It reared its ugly head when I was considering a change it all of a sudden my stomach went into knots. Next thing you know I am at a men’s breakfast and the pastor is preaching on forgiveness and God brings to my mind as I was pondering my decision and wondering why I had previously had such angst about the decision. Once I was at peace (through my devotional reading) and then heard the pastor’s message, I realized that so many years ago I had let pride get in my way and that because of what the person had said, I let a tiny root rob me of what could have been and realized if I didn’t take care of it and forgive them it would get in my way. Over this past weekend, while driving my daughter to gymnastics, God spoke to me again that I need to talk to that person about the situation so many years ago since if it had that impact on me, I should first apologize if my response or lack of response, my reaction or lack of reaction may have caused them pain. So today, I will look to open that door and extend a hand of reconciliation so that both our lives can be reconciled and restored. God is alive and so good. He will direct our steps if we will let Him. He will calm our mind and heart if we will ask Him. He will be our God if we will be His people. So today, let’s walk in a spirit of reconciliation and help build bridges and restore relationships by the grace and power of God.
2 Corinthians 5
18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
1 HEAR THE right (my righteous cause), O Lord; listen to my shrill, piercing cry! Give ear to my prayer, that comes from unfeigned and guileless lips.2 Let my sentence of vindication come from You! May Your eyes behold the things that are just and upright.3 You have proved my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and find nothing [no evil purpose in me]; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent (the paths of the destroyer).5 My steps have held closely to Your paths [to the tracks of the One Who has gone on before]; my feet have not slipped.6 I have called upon You, O God, for You will hear me; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech.7 Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You from those who rise up against them.8 Keep and guard me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings9 From the wicked who despoil and oppress me, my deadly adversaries who surround me.10 They are enclosed in their own prosperity and have shut up their hearts to pity; with their mouths they make exorbitant claims and proudly and arrogantly speak.11 They track us down in each step we take; now they surround us; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground,12 Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.13 Arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, cast them down! Deliver my life from the wicked by Your sword,14 From men by Your hand, O Lord, from men of this world [these poor moths of the night] whose portion in life is idle and vain. Their bellies are filled with Your hidden treasure [what You have stored up]; their children are satiated, and they leave the rest [of their] wealth to their babes.15 As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].
1 BETTER IS a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers.3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts. 4 An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue.5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he who is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent or go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers. 7 Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool–much less do lying lips befit a prince.8 A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns.9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.10 A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him.12 Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage]. 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom–when he has no understanding or heart for it?17 A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.18 A man void of good sense gives a pledge and becomes security for another in the presence of his neighbor.19 He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt; he who raises high his gateway and is boastful and arrogant invites destruction.20 He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity. 21 He who becomes the parent of a [self-confident] fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of [an empty-headed] fool has no joy [in him].22 A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice.24 A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.25 A self-confident and foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.26 Also, to punish or fine the righteous is not good, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit. 28 Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.