God’s Word is Your Transformation – 2 Peter 1

God’s Word is Your Transformation – 2 Peter 1

Read 2 Peter 1

Peter encourages followers of Jesus to make every effort to be effective and productive in their knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is so that we do not forget that we have been cleansed from our past sins and are called into a new life. The only way that we can walk in this freedom of a new life is by staying in tune with God, by learning more about him and allowing him to transform us in goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love.

Looking at this list, what areas of your life do you need God to transform? Alone, you cannot add these things onto yourself, but Scripture shines as God’s words to us about himself and his redeeming grace.  

— Megan Elmer

God’s Word is Your Weapon – 2 Timothy 3

God’s Word is Your Weapon – 2 Timothy 3

Read 2 Timothy 3

Imagine a place where people are proud and ungrateful, where children disobey their parents, where there is a general lack of self-control, and where people seek comfort and pleasure above all else. Sound familiar? In 2 Timothy, Paul warns Timothy about these “times to come” and arms him with truth. As followers of God, you will stand opposed to this culture (Matthew 6:24). But you don’t have to go it alone! God’s Word is your wisdom and your greatest weapon. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

You are not unarmed! Do you believe that all Scripture is beneficial for all things? If so, how often are you equipping yourself with the Word, by filling your heart and mind with it?

— Megan Elmer

God’s Word is Your Treasure – Psalms 19

God’s Word is Your Treasure – Psalms 19

Read Psalms 19

Recall an incredible experience you’ve had in nature, a colorful sunset, the expansive ocean shore, an intricate flower. Here, David describes how all of creation declares the wonders of its Creator. Then, he quickly transitions to ponder on the splendor of God’s Word. Though creation reveals so much, the Word of God reveals even more! He describes Scripture as perfect, refreshing, trustworthy, joyful, radiant, pure, and enduring forever. The Word of God is “more precious than gold” and “sweeter than honey” (vs. 10).

When you think of the Bible, do these things come to mind? Have you experienced God through Scripture in such a way that it is transforming and life-giving? Ask God to reveal himself to you through His Word, and then begin spending time studying it. Though our first efforts might be challenging, God’s promises and character are found on every single page.

— Megan Elmer

Know Him and Make Him Known – Psalms 1

Know Him and Make Him Known – Psalms 1

Read Psalms 1

Draw a picture of what comes to mind as you read Psalm 1. What differences do you see between the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked? Does your life look like the way the righteous man is described or the wicked?

“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)

Meditating on the Word of God will bring us closer to Him. Psalm 139:1 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!”. He knows us intimately, and He wants us to know Him intimately. Our life will reflect the righteous man, blessed and prosperous, if we delight in His Word and meditate on it.

Lord, thank you for your Word. Thank you for knowing us and pursuing us. I pray we spend time with You to know You and make You known!

— Kenley Gassaway

Meditating On the Word of God – Joshua 1

Meditating On the Word of God – Joshua 1

Read Joshua 1

“This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

Meditate: think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

Do you spend time “meditating” on the Word of God? What does this look like in your life?

What does it look like for you to “be careful to do according to all that is written in it”? Do you have people holding you accountable to do this?

 

— Kenley Gassaway