“…the Lord asks you to fear the Lord my God, to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, and observe the Lord’s commands for your own good” Deuteronomy 10:12 (NIV).
When I think of why I write devotions, I am expressing my love, gratitude, support, recognition, and respectfor God. To turn out a completed devotion, I turn to God and His word then I take charge and apply myself. Devotions do take effort and time; but, it is gratifying once the devotion is completed. It is gratifying becauseI do “fear the Lord my God”. To fear Him I respect Him – I love Him!
In our daily life we do fall short. We have not pay 100% attention to the Lord; we are not always present for the Lord; and we have not always gone to the Lord for guidance (at least not at first). There are times weproceed without “fearing the Lord”. Those are the times that are the least gratifying. Those are the times God shows us that we are His children and we need “to fear the Lord my God”. It is with Him, we are able todemonstrate and grow in our faith.
Our Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us with your love. You ask us to respect You, follow You, Love You, serve You and obey You. You are growing our hearts and minds to reflect Christ’s character traits, forgive us for not providing You with what you ask of us. Let us be an encouragement for others by the way we live. We know you are pleasing and satisfying, let Christ’s love motivate us! In Jesus name. Amen.
“ALL scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV).
October is apple month! Most of us will make our way to the apple orchard to pick and sample our favorite variety or varieties of apples before the season ends. You can also purchase pre-picked apples as well at orchards. There is usually an opportunity to ask questions before actually picking the apples. The workers are able to provide directions on how to pick the best apples; their characteristics and uses.
As pickers we do pass over many apples to get to the point when the baskets are filled with the apples we chose. But for the grower, all of the apples will have a purpose. For example, the apples on the ground are collected and feed to horses or used for compost to help the crop grow next year.
In 2 Timothy 3:16 it mentions, “ALL scripture is God-breathed and is useful”. We pick and choose which verses are our favorites, and which scripture we read and apply, similar to how we pick our apples. The Bible is God’s inspired Word. It not only provides us with encouragement but it reveals to us who God is and His will for us. It also tells us who we are. How can we begin to acquire that knowledge and understanding if we have not read the Bible? We need to read ALL of it for it to be helpful and trustworthy.
There are health benefits you will gain by consumingan apple a day. One single apple provides one serving of fruit toward your recommended daily allowance.Since the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is beneficial to our spiritual health. We should be giving ourselves one serving everyday which will be “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (Timothy 3:16 NIV).
Quote: “Some things you have to do every day. Eating about seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day, just isn’t going to get the job done” Jim Rohn.