Today when I was reading in the book of Psalms, I came across the 26th psalm. It really spoke to me and made me think of how I need to pray as David did in this psalm.
"Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord." Psalms 26:1-12
All this psalm touched me and made me think of how I need to constantly have the Lord search my heart and my mind. I need him purging me of any ungodliness. It is really heard for me to do because I know I have a lot I need to work on. I need the Lord to rid me of so much. I know he has already purged me from some ungodliness but there is more that needs to be done. It won’t be easy, but I know if I trust in him, he will walk me through it. “O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” This reminds me of when I am in my prayer closet and seeking the Lord’s face. I need to seek his face more. “My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.” If we are seeking him and living by his word being doers of the word and not just hearers only our feet will stand on that level ground because that level ground is our foundation.
I hope this has got you as excited as it has me. The psalms have a lot of life lessons and praises. If you haven’t read them, I would really encourage you to do so. It makes me want to run to my prayer closet and have my own special time with my Lord and Savior. May God bless you.
I was reading in Hebrews today. These verses really convicted me.
'There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.'
Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT
How many of us are still on the milk? Many people have been "Christians" their whole life and still don't know what the "word," says. I was one of them. I knew God or at least thought I did. I was on the milk almost 20 years because I NEVER read the bible. A few years ago I wanted to really pick up my cross and follow Jesus. It wasn't until I decided to pick up my cross that I actually started to grow. It wasn't until I started reading the Bible, Praying, Living for Christ that I really started to understand.
We won't grow until we start taking steps. If you are in a Slump if you are in a Rut, the best way to get out of that Rut is to move! If you don't move you won't ever get the momentum to get out of it. You will just sit there and stay there. We hold our self back, by getting lazy and comfortable.
If we look at it in this perspective for a minute. If we sat on the couch day after day not wanting to get off the couch what would happen? Nothing! Except our house would get dirty. Dishes would pile up, dirt would be on the floors, the laundry would pile up. If only we would get up do the dishes, sweep the floor, and do our laundry our house would be clean. It is work but it teaches us responsibility. It is similar to being a Christian, we need to work. I am not meaning we must work to be saved I am meaning to grow to mature to have growth spiritually.
This was what was on my heart today.
God Bless you all <3
Verse by verse study with me
In this post I will go over John 1:1-5 out of the King James Version. We will read verse by verse and slowly to see what is being said .
"In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
We see in this verse that the word "Word" is capitalized and John does this to emphasize that the "Word" is Jesus. Jesus was in the beginning, He was with God, and he was God.
"The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:2 KJV
In this verse John states again that same was in the beginning (pre-incarnate Jesus). He mentions that he was with God, but the verse before shows that he is God. Jesus he is one part of the triune God. Each part fully God and they make up the one God.
"All things were created by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. " John 1:3 KJV
This states that nothing could be made without God. He is the Creator and without a creator nothing could be created. Life didn't come from nothingness it came from a Creator and that Creator is God Almighty.
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4 KJV
"In him was life..." so without Jesus there isn't life. We aren't truly living without Jesus. "...and the life was the light of men." So we aren't truly living without him. Which means are dead and in darkness. We aren't physically dead but we are spiritually dead without Jesus, because he is life. And if we are spiritually dead then we don't have his light shining in us, and we are in darkness. We need his light to give us life.
"And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
John 1:5 KJV
The light shines in the darkness but the darkness comprehends it not. If we look at this world it is darkness it is full of sin and bondage, but Jesus is the answer he is the light. He can cast out the darkness, break the chains of the people who are bound and heal the broken hearted. This world doesn't understand that it needs a Savior. Most people don't want to realize that they are lost or bound. They don't want saved. The thing is we are all in need of a Savior. We have all fell short, and that is why Jesus came and died on the cross because he doesn't want anyone to parish. However, he also wont force you to accept his precious gift. You have to choose for yourself to live in the darkness of this world or to accept his light.
Hope this short verse by verse study helped you in some way.
God Bless you all!