Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Psalm 119 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Psalm 119:71

It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.


I Googled the definition of “decree,” and here is what it said the Biblical definition was: In Hebrew, decree means “to divide, separate, and destroy.” For example, when we decree, “I am blessed” (based on Psalm 112:1), we establish blessing while separating from anything purposed against it by the enemy.


By this definition, the afflictions we go through can separate us from this world and draw us closer to God! What a beautiful blessing to know that God uses the things we are going through not to destroy us or tear us down but to draw us closer to Himself and further from the enemy. But we have to be open to Him and this for it to work. If we walk around with “woe me’s,” then we’re gonna miss it. Let me give you a personal example.


Right now, I’m in a season of transition and waiting. Some days are easier than others, but all of them are beneficial. Through this season (which has not ended yet), the Lord has given me words of encouragement and also edification. He has used it to show me things in my heart that shouldn’t be there and need to be gone or addressed before He takes me into the next season. So, I have a choice: do I ignore it and bury my head in the sand, sighting all these reasons why it’s hard or why I don’t understand? Or do I cry out to Him, lean into His perfect love, listen to His voice, and ask Him to search me and help me to crucify the flesh and walk in the Spirit today? I chose the latter.


Our God is not a mean kid on an anthill waiting to fry us with a magnifying glass but rather a loving, merciful, righteous, sovereign Father who wants the best for His children and proved it by giving His precious Son for the sins of the world. Trust in His unchanging character, not the storms around you!


James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever and always to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


Psalm 119:72

The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. 


Yesterday, my mom was doing a Facebook Live, and as she was speaking, I was looking at her Bible. I could feel all the time she has poured herself into that Bible and how it has returned the favor! I could see how much love, peace, strength, and wisdom she has gained from reading it, and it encouraged me to share it with you! It’s so crucial that we stay in the Word daily. It draws us closer to the Father than I realize!!


God revealed this to me earlier while I was praying. He said, “Jesus is the Word, yet He still read the Word!! When Jesus grabs the scroll and starts reading to the people, it’s not because He doesn’t have it memorized or know exactly what it says. It’s because He knew the intimate connection to God from reading His Word!!! This isn’t just a book. It’s our playbook for life!!Are you struggling with something? The answer is in there!!


We live in a digital world, and if the only way you can read your Bible is on a device, then I’m all for it. I can’t – LOL! My ADD kicks in, and I get lost in the sauce!! So, if you are like me, then I challenge you to read the written word for the next 30 days and see if your relationship with God doesn’t grow deeper or closer!!! If all anyone saw was your Bible, then could they tell if you read it???


I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!!!



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