Ezra 7:10 Devoted To God’s Word

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For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD,  and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10 

Devotion to something is being committed to it. It is being willing to focus on whatever it is one is devoted to, regardless of what else is going on around. It is giving all of one’s time and attention to something.

People are devoted to many different things. Some common things people are devoted to are jobs, sports teams, and hobbies. Often these and other devotions are held so tightly that they can cause the expense of neglect in other areas of life.

Some things should hold this level of devotion, but are often not. Marriage devotion is often ignored. Time with God is often ignored. Many things that should be long-term or eternal are ignored in devotion.

Ezra was a priest during the time of Israel’s exile in Babylon. He had devoted himself to studying and teaching God’s laws to the people of Israel. Since he had devoted himself to God’s word, God’s hand of favor was upon him.

Although today there is grace the overrides the law of the Old Testament, God’s word is still to be used. Believers can devote themselves to studying His word and teaching others about it. This teaching is discipling others, which is what God commanded every believer to do–go and make disciples in all the world.

Studying God’s word does not mean one needs a bible college degree or cannot do other work, it is just taking time daily to get into His word and learn what it is says. It is more than just reading a verse or two each day and running on with the rest of the day. It is taking time to understand what it says and how to apply it  to life, then take that word to others.

You, like most people, may have some things that you are devoted to in your life. Your first devotion should be to God and His word. It is His word that lets you know what God wants and how to do it. Take time daily to focus on His word and apply it to your life. Then take time to share what you have learned with others.

Being devoted to His word is making God’s word a priority each day in your life.

Is God’s word a priority in your life?

I pray today that God will place a hunger for His word in your life; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in understanding His word; that you will apply God’s word to your life; and that you will share God’s word with everyone you meet.

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2 Chronicles 34:19 Responding To God’s Word

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When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:19 

Going through a bookstore, there are many shelves of books on self-help. Books telling people how to do nearly anything that they could want to learn how to do. Along with the bookstores, there is a website or video online that tells a person how to do just about everything.

People are often eager to know how to do something. However, many people do not always follow through on doing what they had learned about. They read it then ignore it. There are also many people who will not even read the book or article. They really don’t want to know about it.

After becoming king, King Josiah had the people begin to restore the temple of God. He led the people back to serving and worshipping God alone. In the process of the restoration, they found the book of the Law, God’s word. He had the book read to him. Once he heard the words, he tore his robe. Josiah had realized how far they had strayed away from God and was in remorse for what they had done against God. He chose to do something about it.

It is easy for most people to hear God’s word, however, for many that is all it is. Just God’s word, just a bunch of words. They think the words are good, but don’t act upon it.

The bible is very clear on how a person should live and what his mission is here on the earth. Many do not take the time to read or study God’s word. Then when they do, it is just some good words and nothing more. They leave reading the bible and don’t change.

As you believe in God, you must believe that His word is alive and active. It has extreme value for your life. It is God’s blueprint on how He wants you to think, act and speak while on this earth.

Every time that you read God’s word, it can teach you something new. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you as you read His word. When you learn something new, then act upon it. Make the necessary changes.

Realize what you did not know or do before and learn from God. Do not let the bible be just a bunch of good stories, but a life changing word from God. God gave His word to build you up, not tear you down. Now live for God.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will act upon God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; and that your life will be a testimony for Jesus. 

Joshua 8:24 Read All Of It

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Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. Joshua 8:34 

Reading is something that some people enjoy a lot, while others despise. Some will not pick up a book to read anything, even to save their life, while others are never seen without the nose a book.

The types of books that people read cover an extremely wide spectrum. Some like only certain types, such as sci-fi, fantasy, novels, romance, adventure, biographies, auto-biographies, history, learning, and much more. Each person is different in what they will or will not read.

One type of book that the majority of people do not read is law books. These books are very dry, with lawyer talk. All this type does is talk about what can or cannot be done and cases and consequences of both.

After the mistake of Achan and the Israelites were able to take the city of Ai, Joshua called all the people together, including women, children and foreigners, to read the entire Book of the Law. Everyone had to stand or sit around and listen to all the words from the Book of the Law, which is today’s Genesis through Deuteronomy.

Today the Book of the Law is included in the bible. The bible is still classified as one of the best sellers world-wide, yet, very few people actually take time to read it. Or when they do read it, they pick and choose what they will read.

It is common for many believers to have never read several books of the bible. They skip past some because they are too ‘boring’, the laws, the sacrifices, the numbering of people, and the judgments. They want to only read about the blessings.

God has given you access to His word through the bible. In order to know all of what God has to say about anything, you must take time to read His word. It is His law book, guidance book on how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity.

Yes, there are many blessings, but there are also some curses. While there are some exciting spots to read, there are also some dry spots to read. However, the entire word of God is profitable. It can help you live for Him.

How much of the bible have you read or are reading?

How much of the bible are you skipping?

Read the bible today.

I pray today that you will open your heart to God’s word; that you will see the value of God’s word in your life; that God will change your life through His word; and that you will hide God’s word in your heart to share with others.

Exodus 24:7 Will You Obey?

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Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.” Exodus 24:7

Everyday people hear or see many different commands of what to do or what not to do. Some of the commands are so common, that most people do not even think about the, such as the command to follow the speed limit. Other commands are out there that only certain people have to deal with, such as corporate tax rules and regulations, that most people don’t even know what they are.

If most people took the time to think about all of the rules and regulations there are, they would get overwhelmed. Yet, there are many rules out there that everyone needs to obey. Most of them become second nature to obey without really thinking about it.

God had given Moses the Book of the Covenant to be read to the people. This was a list of all of God’s commands for the people to follow. After it was read to the people, all the people agreed to obey everything in the Book. Yet, it is known that almost immediately they did not obey His commands. There were too many commands.

Several thousand years later, Jesus comes up and sums all of those commands up into two simple commands: love God, love others. The question is still being asked by God of every believer, if they will obey God.

All of God’s commands begin with loving Him and loving other people. Once a believer can do that, it is easy to follow the rest of the commands.

God speaks His commands through His word, the Bible and through the Holy Spirit guiding a person in this life. He never asks a person to do anything that is impossible without His help.

The Israelites had responded that they would obey God. You have a choice to make each and every day. Will you obey everything that God tells you to do?

Take time to find out what God’s commands are to you each day. Find out what He wants you to do each day, and then do it. Trust that God knows what He is asking you to do is the best thing for you to do. God loves you and will not give any commands arbitrarily.

What is your response to God’s commands today?

I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will know the commands of God; that you will trust God’s commands; and that you will obey all of God’s commands.