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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘They will flourish in the courts of our God.’ Psalm 92:13 NIV

Inside you, there’s a battle between your flourishing self – the person you were created to be – and your languishing self. ‘What’s that?’ you ask. Your languishing self feels uneasy and unsatisfied. You’re drawn to bad habits like mindlessly watching TV, drinking too much, misusing sex, or excessive spending – things designed to temporarily numb pain. Your thoughts automatically drift in the direction of fear and anger. Learning doesn’t feel worthwhile. You think about yourself most of the time. Whereas flourishing takes place:

1) In your spirit. You sense you’re beginning to receive ideas and energy from an outside source. And you are. You’re being empowered by God’s Spirit. We talk about being inspired, which literally means ‘God breathed’. God breathes into you; you come alive and feel like you have a purpose for living.

2) In your mind. Your thoughts are marked by joy and peace. You have the desire to love and to learn. You’re literally being transformed by ‘… the renewing of your mind’ (Romans 12:2 NIV).

3) In your time. You wake each day with a sense of excitement, and you realise you’re never too young to flourish. Mozart was composing brilliant music when he was five. Paul told Timothy, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young…’ (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV). While there are some people like Grandma Moses, who was in her mid-seventies when she took up painting, and artist Marc Chagall who did some of his best work in his nineties, you’ll be glad you got a head start to flourish doing the things you’re gifted with. It’s humbling to acknowledge you can’t be anything you want. But once you accept that and seek to maximise what God created you to be, you start flourishing.

SoulFood: Josh 14-15 John 15:5-17 Ps 148:1-6 Pro 29:11-15

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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