Saturday, January 26, 2019

Devotional Journaling #4

I am reading two devotionals this year. One is Living Hope for the End of Days: 365 Days of Devotions from the Book of the Revelation by John Samuel Barnett. The other is Joni Eareckson Tada's Diamonds in the Dust.

Living Hope for the End of Days. The theme this week was Get Ready to Meet Jesus. A few things to think about:

  • Do you see an ever-increasing difference in your understanding of God and His Word from one year to the next?
  • All believers are to become teachers of others, whether it is in a church setting, in the home, spreading the gospel, or exhorting a friend or neighbor in the Word.

To the first question I'd say it's easier to notice differences across larger spans of time. The me of ten years ago versus the me now. Though the me of ten years was already committed to daily reading his word, the me of twenty years ago was an absolute MESS. I can look back and see growth--which is a good thing. But I don't ever think we reach a point where we're done learning.

Diamonds in the Dust.

January 21. The Law says, do these things and you shall live, but the Gospel says, live and these things you will do.
January 23. In this verse [Colossians 3:1-2] we are twice commanded. First, we are to set our hearts; then second, set our minds on things above. In other words, things above are to capture our imaginations, emotions, thoughts, feelings, ideas, and on and on. Most of us consider this command to be not as necessary as other mandates in Scripture. But it is! When you consider that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart and mind, it follows naturally that we should set our hearts on things above "where Christ is seated at the right hand of God."
January 26. The truth is, Satan and God may want the exact same event to take place--but for different reasons.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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