Time with God – January 23

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Psalm 119:9-11

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

You can overcome temptation by focusing your life on God’s Word!

Read those verses again slowly, taking in each thought. If you have your Bible handy, I encourage you to underline this passage. It would be a great one to memorize. It contains one of the most important principles of your Christian life.

DL Moody put it this way. He said, “Either sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from sin!” Which is it in your life?

You see, if temptation is attempting to get your focus off God and his Word and onto the thing you are being tempted about, then the best way to overcome temptation is to bring your focus back to God and his Word.

If you do not build your life each day around God’s Word, then you are inviting Satan and this secular world and your own sin-nature to move your focus off God and to change your perspective on life and to make the things of this world more important to you than spiritual things.

Ask God now: help me treasure your Word in my heart.

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Time with God – January 23

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Psalm 119:9-11

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

You can overcome temptation by focusing your life on God’s Word!

Read those verses again slowly, taking in each thought. If you have your Bible handy, I encourage you to underline this passage. It would be a great one to memorize. It contains one of the most important principles of your Christian life.

DL Moody put it this way. He said, “Either sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from sin!” Which is it in your life?

You see, if temptation is attempting to get your focus off God and his Word and onto the thing you are being tempted about, then the best way to overcome temptation is to bring your focus back to God and his Word.

If you do not build your life each day around God’s Word, then you are inviting Satan and this secular world and your own sin-nature to move your focus off God and to change your perspective on life and to make the things of this world more important to you than spiritual things.

Ask God now: help me treasure your Word in my heart.

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Meekness Isn’t Weakness – One Year Devotions for Women

Now Moses was more humble than any other person on earth. – Numbers 12:3

Moses’ humility amazes me. He seems to have been a “gentle giant.” Here was a man who had sat and talked with God—literally! God had spoken to him in a burning bush (Exodus 3:2, 6), used him in bringing plagues upon Egypt (Exodus 5–12), and even asked him to climb a mountain “to appear before God” (Exodus 19:3). Moses received the Ten Commandments directly from God. Here in Numbers 12, however, Moses’ own brother and sister criticized him. Yet when God placed judgment on Miriam, Moses interceded and begged for God to heal her.

Moses remained close to God, while the people in his charge constantly rebelled. But Moses was never above interceding for them with God. His personal greatness and strength were controlled by God, and the prevailing attitude of his life was humility.

Jesus Christ was a superb model of humility. It took great power to exercise humility in redeeming sinful, uncaring, disobedient people. Yet when we study Jesus, we see a man moving among people in eternal strength, wrapped in earthly humility.

Jesus provides the perfect example, for he never failed to be humble. Moses provides an earthly reminder that humility can be found in people who have great ability and great responsibility. Yet those human beings will sometimes fail too. We must always look to the One who showed us how to live in humility as children of the King. Let us follow in his steps.

For Further Study: Numbers 12:1-16

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Pearls of Grace – January 23

January 23

Higher Than I

“…After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.”

John 1:30

The true victor will bear the scars without wearing the crown and the servant of God will render unceasing labor with no want of gain. His heart seeks no reward upon the earth but only for the victor’s wreath that fades not, that will be placed upon his brow in the ceremony of eternity. “The beginning of greatness is to be little, the increase of greatness is to be less, and the perfection of greatness is to be nothing” D.L. Moody. The glory of the master is not to be obscured by the glory of the servant. We are not distinguished by the honor bestowed upon us by the hand of man, the hand of God distinguishes us long before the honor is given. Charles Cowman said once, “There is no limit to what God can do with a man, provided he does not touch the glory.”

No jewel will shine more brightly in the crown of God’s children than that of humility. Humility will never tarnish the service given to God and it will never overshadow His beauty and glory with sensationalism nor mix with worldly leaven; it will give no recognition to the applause of man. The mark of true greatness adorns the brow of the humble. John the Baptist cried; “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Jesus was born in the humility of a lowly stable, He walked upon the earth in humility having no home and owning nothing. He died clothed in the humility of shame and nakedness, beaten beyond recognition and nailed to a tree on a hill called Golgotha. Jesus was the epitome of humility, although He existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but He humbled Himself taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men he became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

If Christ, who had the higher rank, had this attitude how much more should we who are lower in rank than He? Satan offers a crown without a cross and position without persecution. In the end he will be found with nothing to give and nothing to gain; stripped away by his own pride and hunger for power to sit upon the very throne of God; a rank that was never afforded to him and is not his for the taking. The rank of God belongs to Him and Him alone. To have any other attitude is to be but a common thief robbing the treasury of God for personal gain. May we never infringe upon the boundaries of God’s glory nor rob Him of the honor due Him.

You alone are worthy, oh Lord, to receive glory and honor forever amen.

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