The long wait is over. After a full 365 days of work plus a couple of extras for formatting and several weeks of waiting, I now have the complete set of all 13 DAILY: A Year in the Word of God devotional journals.
I must say that, whether or not they sell (though I hope they do), there’s a pretty big sense of accomplishment in having my own books on my bookshelf right next to Steven Furtick, Charles Spurgeon, and Dutch Sheets—though I in no way compare myself to those men.
I’ve set a similar goal for myself again this year and, in an effort not to repeat myself have indexed my 2017 posts along with the scriptures referenced. And, being on the OCD side of things, also felt the need to colour code the entries so that they correspond with the cover of the book they’re published in. What does that look like when alphabetized? Pretty fantastic if you ask me.
In 2017, I made the decision to read my Bible every day. And not just read it, but learn from it and grow from it. Thus began the Daily: A Year in the Word of God series. Over the course of 365 days, I read my Bible from cover to cover. As I read, I prayed that God would show me something, anything, from His Word. He never failed. I found something applicable to me every day from January to December, from Genesis through Revelation.
In 2018, I want to go further. I want to take what God brought into my life last year and get it rooted down deep. I want to be more established in His truth. So, being careful not to repeat myself, Established is the next step from Daily in which I will pray once again that God reveal Himself to me on every page of His word. I’ve begun January 1, but feel free to start at anytime (after all, there is no time like the present).
This year, I have selected a new Bible to read from. As before, I want to start with a clean slate. I find that, as I read from a well-used Bible, I am drawn to passages that I have already marked and, since my New Living Translation is now marked up, I will take up the NIV Archaeological Study Bible.
As you read through your own Bible, I encourage you to find either a new copy or one that has few markings. Let God show you new and different things that you may not have seen before.
In addition to a fresh Bible, I will continue to reference Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language (webstersdictionary1828.com) as well as several commentaries including Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, The Abingdon Bible Commentary, and The International Bible Commentary. Try looking a little deeper for yourself. I tend to stay away from electronic devices when at all possible (the internet is mighty big distraction), but if you are unable to find a commentary (I found mine on my grandmother’s bookshelf and at a second hand store),
biblegateway.com or biblehub.com are great resources. The YouVersion Bible app is also available on nearly any internet-ready device.
How much would you pay for wisdom? 10% of your paycheque? An entire paycheque? What about an entire year’s worth of paydays?
It’s all fine and good if you’re willing to pay for wisdom, but it can’t be bought.
Wisdom is far more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold. Coral and valuable rock crystals are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above pearls.
Job 28:17-18 (NLT)
Before we get too far into how much it is worth, what exactly is wisdom anyway and why should we be trying to get our hands on something that is seemingly unattainable?
WISDOM: The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. Profitable words or doctrine.
Let’s be clear—wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing. A person can be a walking encyclopedia and still be lacking in wisdom. Having all the knowledge in the world doesn’t mean that a person knows how to use it. In short, wisdom is the proper application of knowledge.
If having knowledge doesn’t mean you’re automatically wise, where does wisdom come from?
And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’
Job 28:28 (NLT)
Until God enters the picture, all you can ever have is knowledge. What use is knowledge if you don’t know how to use it properly? Wisdom is a byproduct of a healthy relationship with God. It is not something we can purchase or come across by any other means other than to walk with the One from whom wisdom flows.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
James 1:5 (NLT)
There you have it. Ask God. It’s the only way to attain the otherwise unattainable. The price tag on wisdom is your humility.
Daily Bible reading: Job 26-28, Acts 11
I’ve been back at home for a couple of days now getting back into the groove of normal life after an eye-opening missionary journey to Ensenada, Mexico. The team schedule was so full I didn’t get the time to get through all my daily reading let alone find a chance to post my thoughts.
Please bear with me over the next week or so as I endeavor to catch up on the days I missed posting while I was gone. It’s no use going through a daily Bible reading program if you skip a bunch! I’ll get back on track and we can continue on this journey together!
To all of you who read this blog on a daily basis, please don’t leave me if you don’t hear from me for a week or so.
This evening, I’ll be heading out on a week long missionary trip to Ensenada, Mexico with a team from Chilliwack Victory Church. There, we’ll be working with several rehabilitation centres, kids in a workers camp, local homeless people, and whoever else God may bring across our path. If you think of us, please pray that we will see God do great and mighty things through and in us!
Post #300 just so happens to coincide with me receiving my very first copies of Daily: A Year in the Word of God. The first three books of this year-long series are out there and available to the masses. I’m thrilled with how they came back from the printer! If you enjoy reading the little things God has been showing me, I hope you’ll take the time to get a copy of the books so you can record your own thoughts, too!
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If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t do so well reading off a screen, I’m going to make things easy for you. Everything I’ve been working on this year is now available in printed book format. Not only does Daily:A Year in the Word of God contain a devotional to go along with your daily Bible reading, but it’s set up like a journal so you can record your own thoughts and ideas.
Each volume contains four weeks worth of devotionals. Volumes 1 and 2 are available now with 3 on the way soon. Click on the image below to get to Amazon.com and order your copy now!
Let’s keep going with some word study. Confidence is a word we use with a certain amount of regularity, but do we use it with it’s full meaning behind it?
CON’FIDENCE, noun. A trusting, or reliance; an assurance of mind or firm belief in the integrity, stability or veracity of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.
In how many situations do you have an assurance of mind? How often does that apply to the stability of another? How often does this really apply to you and your confidence in your salvation?
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
Hebrews 10:35 (ESV)
This confidence that is being referred to is in the promise of the covenant Jesus made for and with us. It is complete trust that, in any and every situation, our covenant with Jesus stands firm and that we will receive what has been promised to us. But it may not be easy.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)
Be encouraged, though.
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Hebrews 10:39 (ESV)
Daily Bible reading: Ezekiel 7-9, Hebrews 10:24-39
Here’s another big word for you that, the more you say it or think about it, the weirder it gets. But what does it really mean? When Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 12 about God’s grace being sufficient is it just barely enough to scrape by or is it enough for us to live a victorious life?
Enough; equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants, competent.
Qualified; competent; possessing adequate talents or accomplishments.
Fit; able; of competent power or ability.
Thinking about sufficiency in that context, let’s take a look at Paul’s words.
…But he also said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is complete and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may swell in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP)
More than enough. Always available. That is what sufficiency is with God. Never running out. Having enough to complete the work that was started. When you look at grace that way, no one, no one, is beyond saving. There is nothing you have ever said or done that is beyond what God is able to cover with His grace.
Daily Bible reading: Song of Solomon 1-3, 2 Corinthians 12