Let’s get ready!

Do you remember the plans God has for you? Are you ready? Do you remember how they are for good and not for evil? Do you remember how they are to give you a hope and a future? Do you remember how it will be more than we could ask or imagine? Are you digging in? Are you stepping in? Are you getting ready? Are you doing your part so that you will be prepared in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within you? How are you starting your day? How are you prioritizing the requests and pulls on your life? How are you deciding when to say yes and when to say no? Today is the first day of your future. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is unknown. Today is all we have so let’s receive it as the present that it is and live it to the full. Let’s get ready!

Use Me
Are you ready?

Today’s reading from God’s Word as we get started and prepared for today comes from 1 Kings 5:

‘King Hiram of Tyre had always been a loyal friend of David. When Hiram learned that David’s son Solomon was the new king of Israel, he sent ambassadors to congratulate him. Then Solomon sent this message back to Hiram: “You know that my father, David, was not able to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord his God because of the many wars waged against him by surrounding nations. He could not build until the Lord gave him victory over all his enemies. But now the Lord my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well. So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God, just as he had instructed my father, David. For the Lord told him, ‘Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.’ “Therefore, please command that cedars from Lebanon be cut for me. Let my men work alongside yours, and I will pay your men whatever wages you ask. As you know, there is no one among us who can cut timber like you Sidonians!” When Hiram received Solomon’s message, he was very pleased and said, “Praise the Lord today for giving David a wise son to be king of the great nation of Israel.” Then he sent this reply to Solomon: “I have received your message, and I will supply all the cedar and cypress timber you need. My servants will bring the logs from the Lebanon mountains to the Mediterranean Sea and make them into rafts and float them along the coast to whatever place you choose. Then we will break the rafts apart so you can carry the logs away. You can pay me by supplying me with food for my household.” So Hiram supplied as much cedar and cypress timber as Solomon desired. In return, Solomon sent him an annual payment of 100,000 bushels of wheat for his household and 110,000 gallons of pure olive oil. So the Lord gave wisdom to Solomon, just as he had promised. And Hiram and Solomon made a formal alliance of peace. Then King Solomon conscripted a labor force of 30,000 men from all Israel. He sent them to Lebanon in shifts, 10,000 every month, so that each man would be one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of this labor force. Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers, 80,000 quarry workers in the hill country, and 3,600 foremen to supervise the work. At the king’s command, they quarried large blocks of high-quality stone and shaped them to make the foundation of the Temple. Men from the city of Gebal helped Solomon’s and Hiram’s builders prepare the timber and stone for the Temple.’

1 Kings 5

‘This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom. We have heard a message from the Lord that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say, “Get ready, everyone! Let’s assemble our armies and attack Edom!” The Lord says to Edom, “I will cut you down to size among the nations; you will be greatly despised. You have been deceived by your own pride because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. ‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’ you ask boastfully. But even if you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down,” says the Lord . “If thieves came at night and robbed you (what a disaster awaits you!), they would not take everything. Those who harvest grapes always leave a few for the poor. But your enemies will wipe you out completely! Every nook and cranny of Edom will be searched and looted. Every treasure will be found and taken. “All your allies will turn against you. They will help to chase you from your land. They will promise you peace while plotting to deceive and destroy you. Your trusted friends will set traps for you, and you won’t even know about it. At that time not a single wise person will be left in the whole land of Edom,” says the Lord . “For on the mountains of Edom I will destroy everyone who has understanding. The mightiest warriors of Teman will be terrified, and everyone on the mountains of Edom will be cut down in the slaughter. “Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel, you will be filled with shame and destroyed forever. When they were invaded, you stood aloof, refusing to help them. Foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem, but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies. “You should not have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands. You should not have rejoiced when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune. You should not have spoken arrogantly in that terrible time of trouble. You should not have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity. You should not have gloated over their destruction when they were suffering such calamity. You should not have seized their wealth when they were suffering such calamity. You should not have stood at the crossroads, killing those who tried to escape. You should not have captured the survivors and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble. “The day is near when I, the Lord , will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads. Just as you swallowed up my people on my holy mountain, so you and the surrounding nations will swallow the punishment I pour out on you. Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger and disappear from history. “But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of Israel will come back to reclaim their inheritance. The people of Israel will be a raging fire, and Edom a field of dry stubble. The descendants of Joseph will be a flame roaring across the field, devouring everything. There will be no survivors in Edom. I, the Lord , have spoken! “Then my people living in the Negev will occupy the mountains of Edom. Those living in the foothills of Judah will possess the Philistine plains and take over the fields of Ephraim and Samaria. And the people of Benjamin will occupy the land of Gilead. The exiles of Israel will return to their land and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath. The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north will return home and resettle the towns of the Negev. Those who have been rescued will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem to rule over the mountains of Edom. And the Lord himself will be king!”’

Obadiah 1

‘Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! ‘

Acts 3:1-10

‘These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse. They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice. These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”’

2 Peter 2:12-22

‘Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours. You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all. We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan. Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. O Lord , come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!’

Psalms 90

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 13])

What do you think of when you hear the word almanac? What do you think of when you hear Benjamin Franklin? Would you realize that Poor Richard was Benjamin Franklin’s pseudonym. What comes to mind when you hear the name Poor Richard? What type of information or wisdom do you think would come from such a book and such a character? What motivation or source would be used for such a book? What topics could get covered in such a book?

Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 Unequal weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
20 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all his innermost parts.
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts.

–from Proverbs 20

Where does your insight and wisdom come from? Where do you turn for insight and wisdom when faced with a challenge? What will help you persevere? How will you be able to face trials and troubles? You realize that in this world you will have troubles right? Will you be able to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Are you focusing on the now or the future? Are you keeping your eyes on the things of this world or on the Lord? Consider David who kept his eyes on God when he faced Goliath. Manly wisdom would keep you from accomplishing all that God has planned for you. Godly wisdom will lead and guide you, comfort and encourage you, transform and heal you. So what will you do and how will you choose to live out the rest of your life?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Benjamin Franklin and his writing of Poor Richard’s Almanack. We read and learn how Benjamin Franklin wrote “Poor Richard’s Alamanack” from 1733 to 1758. In it he delivered witty and homespun wisdom about various topics “from money to gender relations, business practices to religious practices.” He drew extensively from the wisdom of the Bible in his writing and in particular the book of Proverbs.  We see from today’s reading how he drew from Proverbs 20:13

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. –from Proverbs 20:13

when he wrote “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

It is amazing when you consider the source of many words of wisdom and how they point us back to God. So now when you are facing a big decision, where will you turn?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything in it. I thank You for the safe travel and favor. I thank You for all the re-connections you helped me to make today and to shine for You. Help me Lord to be salt and light to bring Your joy into every situation. Help me Lord to bring Your wisdom into conversations, situations, and decisions. With You all things are possible and so I thank You and ask Lord that You will help me to live out this day in a way to bring You praise, honor, and glory, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

How will you live out today?

Will you live it with urgency? Will you live it to the full? Will you live it with purpose? Will you live it with joy? Will you live it prepared? Will you live it to completion?

Jesus came that we could have life and life to the full or put another way more abundantly.

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it.

Are you living your life with purpose as your driver?

As we start this day, our reading from the Bible comes from 1 Thessalonians 5 and goes like this…

The Day of the Lord

‘Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. ‘

Final Instructions and Benediction

‘We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. ‘

— 1 Thessalonians 5

Did you hear what it says? Do you understand the calling on your life? Will you receive the call? Will you answer the call? Will you encourage one another and build one another up? Will you admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all? Will you live your life out of the overflow of love poured into you from Jesus? Will you live your life guided and directed by the Holy Spirit? Will you make sure that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone? Will you rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances? Will you avoid quenching the Spirit? Will you avoid despising prophecies, but instead test everything and hold fast what is good? Will you abstain from every form of evil? Will you live your life in full trust of Jesus because you know that He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it? Will you be prayerful for others? Will you purpose to make time to pray / talk to God bring your cares, your needs, your desires, and those of others before Him? Will you live in and under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Today’s devotional from the Global Impact Bible on the topic of human rights comes to use on the subject of Constantine issuing the edict of Milan in the third century AD after a call was put out to burn all biblical manuscripts in an attempt to stop/crush/end the growing Christian movement. Oh how he turned things around and back towards God.

Although as we read the other day about the importance of obeying worldly authorities, the government believed that the Christians were dangerous and disruptive · troublemaking · inflammatory · insurgent · insurrectionary · insurrectionist · agitational · rabble-rousing · seditious · revolutionary · treasonous · treacherous · mutinous · rebellious · rebel · renegade · unpatriotic · dissident · disloyal · perfidious · insubordinate · underground · undermining · corrupting · discrediting · destructive · harmful.

It was triggered by things like not being willing to worship the Roman empire. It made the empire feel and believe they were disloyal. They didn’t understand that only God is to be worshiped.

Imagine living in such a time when the church is being persecuted and misunderstood because of Biblical illiteracy. Imagine living in a time when people are trying to take away the source of truth. Imagine the battle that would be taking place internally and also between them as they tried to figure out what to do. Today’s devotional put it this way…

These Christians faced an agonizing decision. Should they had over texts to the pagan authorities and be shunned by other Christians as traditores? (This word, Latin for “handers-over” is the source of English word traitor). Or should they resist and face the certainty of persecution and possibly death?

–page 1586 – CONSTANTINE ISSUES THE EDICT OF MILAN/The Bible’s Impact (1 Thessalonians 5)

Constantine the Great changed everything when in AD 313 he signed the Edict of Milan. Constantine was the first Roman emperor to profess Christianity. In order to restore privileges and property to Christians, he signed the proclamation and legalized Christianity and granted full legal religious freedom to Christians. This opened the door for them to be able to gather together openly and worship without fear of being persecuted. He even provided resources and orders to restore the copies of the biblical texts that had been destroyed including hiring a Greek historian and biblical scholar named Eusebius. This turned things around and lead the way to making Christianity the dominant religion within the Roman Empire.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I ask Lord that You will help me be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within me. I ask Lord that You will help me in and out of season to be able to speak to Your truth, Your hope, and Your love. Help me Lord to be salt and light in this world so that others may also come to know You. Help me Lord to live a life that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Do you want to know? Do you get it?

So what is the most important reading you do? How important is it that you understand it? How important is it that you believe it? How important is it that you know it? How important is it that you apply it?

For me it is the Bible. It is the way I start my day to hear from God and get filled up for the day. It amazes me how applicable and real it is into my every day, my today. It’s so amazing that I have had others from my workplaces wonder how I pick my reading since it is so applicable to what my life is going through. What’s even more incredible is that I don’t pick my daily readings, I just pick the devotional for the year and it selects which reading will be for each day. God is good and He knows what you will need! God doesn’t get surprised and so He is able to speak into your very situation. His Word never returns void! His Word speaks truth in love! His Word is a love letter to us!

Not sure about trying to make it all the way through the Bible in a year? Why not start in the New Testament? Why not start in one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John)? Why not start small so that you can do more than read and understand and believe? The new year has just begun and I am getting towards the end of my current 365 day reading with today being from day 351 (with 2 days missed that I will do at the end to finish it up completely). So don’t lose hope or stop because you miss a day! You can choose to either continue from where you are or depending on your devotional, you can stick with whatever day you are at and go back later. Every year, I also choose which translation to read through (NIV, NLT, NKJV, KJV, …) and this year I have chosen to use NLT). A great resource for Bible reading plans is bible.com where you can pick from topical studies, versions that will read to you, versions where you can listen and watch, chronological, new to the faith, work related, leadership related, even versions for kids, walk through the Bible, and so many more types. Why not find one that seems interesting to you at https://www.bible.com/reading-plans and get started?

This is the day that the Lord has made, don’t you want to hear about what He has to say?

How to Read and Understand the Bible

Day 351: Bible In One Year 2018

Helpers in reading the Bible:

  • The Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:2–16)
  • The Church (Ephesians 3:18) – the church isn’t the building but a body of believers
  • Reason through your own mind (Romans 14:5) – we need to be more than just convinced, we need to be fully convinced in our own minds.

Guides and questions to interpreting the Bible: (we need to let the Bible interpret the Bible)

  • What does it actually say? [We need to remember that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic, whereas, the New Testament was written in Greek.]
  • What does it mean? [We need to understand the type of writing and the author]
    • What sort of literature is it? Is it historical writing? Poetry? Prophecy? Apocalyptic? Law? Wisdom? Gospel?
    • Who wrote it? Who read it or was the recipient of it?
    • Consider the coming of Jesus and how it relates to the Old Testament and how it connected with the people at the time of His life… (John 5:39–40)
  • How does this apply to my life? [Not only how does it but how can I apply it]
    • We need to take it from the intellectual exercise to the practical application

So, how can we read and understand the Bible?

  1. Be real with God … Psalms 144:9-15 (poetry)
  2. Make a difference by your prayers … Revelation 8, Revelation 9:1-12 (apocalyptic)
  3. Fulfill God’s purpose for your lifeEzra 1, Ezra 2:1-67 (history)

Today’s devotional Day 351: Bible In One Year 2018 provides some insight into the reading too while at the same time allowing you to read through God’s Word. Using a devotional can help getting started by having a plan to follow. Using a devotional can help getting into the Word of God by selecting a topic that is very relevant to you today which can be a 3 day, 5 day 7 day, etc. to help you get kicked started without having the pressure of reading all the Bible. So if you haven’t started making reading God’s Word a part of your daily schedule and giving Him priority into your life, why not get started today.  If you are reading this then you know how you found it and so you know how to find me and contact me if you want to chat. Be it social networks or just this blog via comments, you can connect with me. Or if you happen to be someone closer who knows me don’t hesitate to approach me and let’s chat.

Are you being effective?

Do you how to be effective? To what purpose are you trying to be or become effective? Do you read? What do you read? Does it help? Does it produce good fruit? Does it have purpose? Does it help you to fulfill your purpose?

This morning’s reading speaks to the importance to capturing God’s Word as we lead…

18“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

–from Deuteronomy 17

I know as a kids reading wasn’t something I enjoyed. I had friends that did, but it wasn’t really for me. As I grew up and once I connected with God, reading was something I enjoyed doing as it was spending time with God! God called me back in 2015 to not only captured what He was speaking into my life, but also to share it. I have learned through this the importance of reading to so many other things in life.

Reading is a life skill that is necessary to open up doors in your future! Doors that lead to success! Doors that lead to well-being!

Consider what today’s reading say and speaks to…Who is reading? Who is writing? Why is He doing it?

  • “he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests” – so that he has his own copy, he can read it when he wants, and so that he knows it is accurate
  • “it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. – He will have it, he will read it daily, God will speak to him through it, he will know the difference between right and wrong, he will know how to be obedient, he will know how important it is to walk in alignment with God, he will be able to be humble because he knows it is not all about him, but it is all about God, he will be able to serve as a leader those around him, he will be able to share it and pass it along to his children for generations to come.

So with this skill “READING” and its ability to prepare us for success, we need to harness it and use it properly. It matters what we allow into our heads! We need to choose wisely the information we allow to enter in. What we read should help us get better! What we read should help us to be more effective! What we read should help us to become better versions of ourselves.

Do you have a copy of the Bible? Have you read it? Have you ever considered to make your own copy of it like the kings of old? Writing it so that it is in your own handwriting? Reading it daily? There is definite purpose to reading God’s Word! There is definite effectiveness that comes from reading God’s Word! It helps us to realize who God is and how to follow His instructions and commandments! Consider the two Jesus says are the most important commands…

  1. Love God
  2. Love People

We see it this way in Luke:

26And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”

–from Luke 10:27

in Mark we read it this way…


–from Mark 12

There will be results from reading God’s Word! There will be fruit that show the effectiveness! We read the impact on the king…

  • prevent him from becoming proud
  • prevent him from turning away from what is right
  • ensure his reign lasted for generations

When they did this faithfully we read how well their legacy went, like King David did.

So how are you leading? Are you leading with humility? Are you doing it for your own personal gain or to serve others? The purpose and the target are key! Let’s be servant leaders who in humility lead!

Are you leading by example? Are you doing what is right so that it is clear to others what they should do and how they should behave? Are you leading in a way the demonstrates you care for the well being of those who are following?

Are you trying to just do it your own way? Are you seeking your own personal wins or leading with humility, following standards, doing what is expected of you?

Are you wondering how to be a good leader who is leading properly?

Do you realize the key and source to it?

We need to be in the Word of God regularly!

Do you want to be an effective leader? Then start with the right ingredients to be adding into your life so that you are prepared and of right heart and mind!

If you haven’t already, why not start today in your journey through the Bible?

Let’s not just read God’s Word, let’s put it into application through our lives!

Then watch the impact it will have and it will make not only for you and those around you, but your family for generations to come!

(today’s devotional sourced from Unraveling The Scriptures For Leadership Effectiveness )