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12/30/2013

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"And now I commend you to God and the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you the inheritance among those who are sanctified" (Acts 20:32).

The last two devotionals were about the spiritual famine that took place in the days of the prophet Amos. He told the Israelites that unless they got back to the Word of the Lord, bad things would happen to them. Their refusal was a tacit indication that they had gone too far, and as a result, they were taken into captivity. The lesson sits before us just as if Amos had been speaking those prophetic words to us. The apostle Peter reminds us in this manner; "like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet.2:2). Nothing less than daily reading of the Lord's Word is necessary... Jesus lets us know about the costliness of the soul when He says; "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole word and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?? (Matt.16:26) .. Do our souls deserve anything but the very best? Being created in His image and redeemed by the blood of Jesus, the soul is more valuable that the whole world put together. By making the Lord's Word a part of our daily life, we can go a long way in ending the famine for the Word of God. I think of how terrible it must have been for the Israelites to be taken captive in a strange land and being unable to feed on the wonderful Word of God. In the same way, I can grieve for those who would lose the inheritance promised to them because they have not allowed the Word to be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path... We should pray the the Lord will "open my eyes, that I may behold the Wonderful things from your Word" (Psa.119:18). As we read, we ought to make it a time for meditation and prayer because we want to be like the tree the planted by the streams of water which yields its fruit in its season described in the first psalm... This only happens when we "delight in the law of the Lord, and meditate on it day and night" (V 2). As the new year approaches, it would be good for us to make the Word a part of our daily routine that we may be fed and nourished by it...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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