Make It Personal

10th February

I love you, Lord; You are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Saviour; My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 18:1-2

Fame is such a temporary and an empty void that so many people seek after. In truth you are only famous if you are recognised and known by people. For example, if Queen Elizabeth, dressed in normal attire and went for a walk in the Amazon Forest, how many people would recognise her? How about in the streets of Manila in the Philippines? Answer: – probably not many. Yet, there is no doubt they would have heard or at least read about her somewhere…..right?

Sadly this is the same truth when it comes to God. Many people know of Him or have heard about Him through a secondary source, yet in actual fact, they have not taken the time to truly get to know Him. Do you know that God does actually reveal His character to us, both through His word and as we experience His daily faithfulness throughout our lives and in the situations we battle through? God’s characteristics are not some hidden secret that only an elite group can find. His word is full of expressive descriptions about His character. None more so, than in the book of Psalms.

Today’s psalm is a perfect example of someone who daily experienced the faithfulness of Almighty God and knew who He was. David knew that he could stand firm against his enemies because God was on his side. He knew God was his fortress, his rock and protection. Yet he didn’t just know this about God from a far distant, it was personal; He knew first hand.

Today, will you take some time to learn something new about the God you serve or remind yourself of His characteristics. Will you make Psalm 18:1-2 a declaration for your own life and live in its promises. Make it personal. Don’t just know of God but take time to get to truly know Him!

God’s Mirror

9th February

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and then forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

James 1:22-25

Yesterday we looked at the power of God’s word as a double edged sword, having the ability to tear down the strongholds of the enemy, and the ability to expose our sins and make us accountable before God through His word. Today’s message further highlights the power of God’s word to transform our lives. After all, the Word is living and has throughout generations brought people closer to Jesus through the revelation of God’s character.

James adds that God’s word should be like a mirror for us. We should be able to look into His word and see our lives reflecting the character of Jesus and reflecting His perfect law (i.e. righteous living). Rick Warren, the author of the best selling ‘Purpose Driven Life’ book, shares his reflection on James’ wise words and summarises James’ message with the following points:-

  • Read your Bible. “… whoever looks intently …” (look carefully..)

  • Review the Bible. “… and continues in it …” (do what it says..)

  • Remember the Bible. “… not forgetting what they have heard …” (don’t forget it..)

  • Respond to the Bible. “… but doing it …” 1 (do what it says..)

Simply put, reading God’s word should not become a religious act of reading one verse and then moving on with your day, forgetting what you have read and not even letting it transform your life. Reading God’s word, is about intentionally giving time to God, to allow Him to speak to us, reviewing what He is saying, remembering it and responding by putting into practice in our lives. It is then that we can experience true freedom and receive all the blessings God has in store for us.