Devotional for Monday November 9th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long … Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path … Your word is completely pure and your servant loves it … I obey your decrees and love them greatly.” Psalm 119;97; 105; 140; 167 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be thankful for the Bible”
 
My mother was a devout Catholic and therefore my brothers and sisters and I were raised in church. We were in church every Sunday and in catechism classes every Tuesday after school. Saint Matthews Catholic church was one block from our house and so we would always walk there, we five little ducklings obediently following my mother up the sidewalk and into the church.
 
That continued until my teenage years, then I quit church and became a street punk (but that’s another story). Although I didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ for all those years in church, my upbringing in the Catholic church did effectively lay the foundation of faith in my life. I was well-schooled in the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and I was very familiar with the stories of the Bible. Although I spent more than twenty years after that very far from God, the Holy Spirit had a hold on me and my exposure to the Christian faith was never far from my conscious mind. Although I resisted for years, I knew I was being drawn back to God, and my familiarity with the Word of God played a big role in that.
 
When I finally did surrender my life to Christ more than thirty years ago, I discovered that the Bible came alive for me in ways it never had before. Although I had always been fascinated with it and felt drawn to it, once the Holy Spirit was in my heart and illuminating my understanding of it, the Words of God seemed to be jumping off the page at me. I can identify with the feelings expressed by the writer of Psalm 119. The Bible is amazing and fascinating and essential. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul reminds us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
 
In the Bible God has revealed to us everything He wants us to know about Himself and about His ways, and also about how He wants us to live. I encourage you to spend some time today thanking God for the gift of the Bible, and then, I encourage you to read it.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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