‘I love how uncompromising you are in speaking the truth of the Gospel.’ – Rachel, SA Dear friends, When you do the right thing, people notice. Even though it may not be popular, or easy, we must continue to unashamedly do the right thing—speaking the truth—because people need to hear it! Perhaps one of the …Read More
CLEARLY, God is still on the move! It’s amazing what can happen when you step out in faith. About this time last year our board decided to negotiate for the purchase of a much needed new building, not knowing where the money would come from. As we’ve stretched our faith, we have seen so many …Read More
In the early centuries of church history, the Hebrew foundations of Christianity were removed due to anti-Jewish biases and the cost to both Jews and Christians was huge. Context and culture are incredibly important for understanding the Bible correctly. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was painted in 1498 and over half a millennia later …Read More
Dear friend, If you’ve recently started reading our devotional, The Word for Today… you’ve made a really good choice. Now I’d like to encourage you to now go the extra step of forming the good habit of setting aside a little time for each daily devotion and Bible readings. This very simple routine will help …Read More
Dear friends, The gap has never been wider. Recently the church has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The distance between the average Australian and God’s Word has perhaps never been as great as today. Add in busy lifestyles, a persuasive entertainment culture, and ‘always on’ media and you have a population …Read More
‘Meditate on it day and night.’ Joshua 1:8 NIV
Second, let it in. The word ‘meditate’ means ‘to ponder, ruminate, or examine attentively’. So don’t just read the Scriptures, thoroughly digest them. Pray, ‘Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in Your instructions.’ (Psalm 119:18 NLT) You can read a Scripture dozens of times and suddenly see something you’ve never seen before. The idea is to train your mind to see things from God’s viewpoint.
Mark Twain said the two best days in a person’s life are the day they’re born, and the day they discover why they’re born. And the only person who can tell you that is your Creator.
Third, live it out. ‘Be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ (Joshua 1:8 NIV) Yes, study the Bible, meditate on the Bible, and even memorise the Bible. But if you want to find success in life you must obey the Bible. You must translate truth into action. No one can guarantee you success except God—and that guarantee is found in reading, meditating and obeying His Word.
Value and worth are directly related to purpose. A car that won’t run is worthless. A pen that won’t write is useless. Likewise, if you are going to be what you need to be, you need to find your purpose in life and fulfil it. At death, your fame and fortune will not matter. The thing of eternal value will be your answer to this question: ‘Did I live my life in the presence of God and for His purpose?’
CS Lewis put it this way: ‘He who has God and everything, has no more than the person who has God alone.’
SoulFood: Jer 25–27, Matt 2:16–3:10, Ps 64, Pro 14:25–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019