Scripture Comes Alive: A Devotional Within a Devotion

I love the Bible app on my phone because there is an abundance of devotionals available. https://www.bible.com/ For example, some of the devotionals can be found under categories such as peace, joy, love, anxiety, healing, anger, hope, depression, and on and on.

I chose the topic joy and have learned so much. With the wealth of scriptures in this plan, I read each, thinking of its relevance to my life.

For example, “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 is one to ponder and take to heart.

The author, Craig Denison, sites Psalm 16:8-11. Craig’s website is https://www.first15.org/ “I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices. My flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Wow. I’m reminded to cherish each one of those words.

At the end of the devotional, the author writes of Paul’s prayer to the Colossians. As I read it, I pictured the first century apostle with eyes closed and bearded face bowed down. He seemed to place a weathered hand on my shoulder, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.”

I could see him and hear those words. What a blessing to start the day with! You can read the scriptures in the same way as well.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Dear Lord, guide me in immersing myself in Your powerful word each day. In Your presence is strength and healing. Amen.

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