Develop a relationship with God’s Word.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:2

When I gave my life to the Lord at the age of twelve, I didn’t know how to study a Bible, but thankfully, I had my mother to teach me. I used to enjoy opening her Bible. The pages were soft and worn. Entire chapters were highlighted, and she had filled the margins with personal notes. Her Bible was like a faithful friend that had been with her through the good times and in the bad times. I wanted my Bible to be to me what her Bible was to her.

If you want to have a stronger relationship with the Lord, you will need to develop a stronger relationship with the Word of God. See your Bible as a faithful friend that God uses to talk to you, strengthen you, and guide you along in life. As with a friend, you don’t try to rush through conversations; you take your time to get to know them better. Don’t try to rush through the Bible to say you read it. Slow down and allow the words you read to get into your heart.

Challenge: Read Psalm 23, starting with the first verse, The Lord is my Shephard. Before you move on to the rest of the verse, camp out there for a few days, saying to yourself over and over again how the Lord is your Shephard, asking yourself what is a Shephard and what does it mean to you? Once you have a good understanding of the first part of this verse, then move on to “I shall not want.”

Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving me practical wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I want to have a stronger relationship with you. So I ask that you help me to develop a stronger relationship with my Bible. Every time I open it to read it, let me get something out of it that will bless me and those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Your Obedience is Your Protection

“And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” 1 Peter 1:5, NLT.

When God tells you “no”, when He closes a door, when He removes someone from your life, when He tells you to slow down, when He doesn’t allow that job to hire you, when He wakes you up in the middle of the night to pray, it is all a part of God’s divine protective plan. He protects you by His power and love.
You are in the palm of God’s hand, and no enemy can pluck you out! As long as you stay obedient to God, you will remain in His divine protection. It will be like a mighty shield around you…guarding you everywhere you go. However, if the enemy is wreaking havoc in your life, sometimes it’s not because you are just under spiritual attack. Attacks are often caused as a result of disobedience. Disobedience opens a large door to the enemy to come in and create a big mess of things.

You must always ask yourself, “Lord, is there anything You have told me to do that I haven’t done?” Once Holy Spirit brings it back to your remembrance, even if it’s something He told you many years ago, repent and then do it with no delay!

The enemy knows fully that he cannot touch you as long as you are obedient to God. You are outside of his domain and are shielded by God. Obey Him and His Word even when it doesn’t make logical sense. Obey Him even when it inconveniences you, makes you uncomfortable, and causes you to have to give up something of value to you. Be always before His face, receiving His wisdom and instructions and then doing what He says by His grace.

Prayer: Father, thank You for protecting me. Help me learn how to trust in Your protection and leading entirely. Forgive me if I have not obeyed You. I repent. Even when I don’t understand why, even when it makes no sense at all to my head, help me learn to follow You. I declare I am obedient, submissive to Your Spirit, and I continue to see Your divine protection in my life and in the lives of those I pray for. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Isaiah 1:19-20)