Focus: Spiritual nourishment
1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT) Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
When we try to live right in our own strength, we always fail. Almost everyday of our lives we will be called on to do something we would rather not do. The only way we can succeed in this life and keep moving forward is by tapping into the power that is available to us through the Word of God.
I can’t explain how the power of the Word of God works—it just does. When we feel beat—it can lift us up. I used to read books and articles with scripture references and would just pass over the references as though they weren’t even there. What a mistake! That’s why I am in the habit of writing out scripture verses for you to read. The Word of God is the most important thing we can ever read. If we think we have to ‘skip’ something—it should be all the stuff that is not the Word of God.
I’ve noticed that when I start my daily writing with a long scripture—the statistics I am able to access on the internet show that not as many people read. How sad is that? It appears to me that people would generally prefer to read the words of a person more than the Words of God.
So, as I write today—I am giving you the gift of some scriptures that are known for having the power to motivate and inspire those who read them. The question is: Will you read them? Will you choose to be inspired and motivated by the pure spiritual milk offered from the true Word of God? If you do read them, you will grow and find new strength to meet the challenges you are faced with.
Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they may stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Psalm 32:8 (NLT) The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 4:20 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 12:11 (NLT) Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
Ephesians 6:7 (NLT) Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 4:10, 11 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another… Do it with all the strength and energy God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.
Declaration: I will find new strength from the power I receive when I read the Word of God.
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