Wednesday, June 30, 2010

+DEV+ God and Wheat

Date: June 30, 2010 9:48 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Wheat

God and Wheat

"'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field...his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away'" (Matthew 13:24-25).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:8-12

The weed referred to is "bearded darnel," a common grass in the Near East. Before it develops a head, it looks very similar to wheat. The seeds are poisonous if swallowed and can cause dizziness and sometimes death. Darnel grain is lighter and smaller than wheat and is easily blown away with the chaff, so a sieve is used to separate it.

What a fitting metaphor for describing the results of ingesting Satan's plants: those weedy ideas and philosophical constructs that appear sensible, loving and kind, all very similar to Christian ideals-but are poisonous because they do not have Christ, the only way to God (John 14:6), at their root. Sparing people's feelings cannot become our moral compass. Opposing systems are not equally true. Anything that separates us from the love and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus will result in moral disequilibrium and spiritual death. Those who profess love for Christ but refuse to bend the knee in biblical obedience had better watch for the sieve: Wheat is wheat and weeds are not!

Insight: None of us are perfect in understanding. Real fruit comes from self-denial and scriptural obedience. Only then can we truly love everyone.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

+DEV+ God and Nimble Deer

Date: June 29, 2010 10:16 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Nimble Deer

God and Nimble Deer

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights" (Habakkuk 3:19).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 18:29-36

I remember a story of a friend hiking up Yosemite Falls with his family when he was a child. It was a fairly dangerous climb, and it was easy to lose footing and stumble on the slippery rocks. The trail was near the edge of the waterfall with a long, deadly drop into the roiling water below. An open, metal hand rail was provided as an aid for the more timid. He clung to that rail for dear life! But his other two friends, as sure-footed as deer, steadily, fearlessly, bounded up the mountain without the use of the rail, reaching the summit first.

What a contrast! There he was, white-knuckled, inching his way up, gripping the open rail, and his brothers using their God-given strength to ably reach the top. Sometimes the external things we cling to feel safe but actually impede our ascent. Only God's love and true strength within us, vast and limitless, give us hind's feet and make us more than able to conquer life's mountains (Romans 8:37). He alone enables us to "go on the heights," sure-footed as deer, no matter how steep the climb!

Insight: What is impeding your ability to climb up your mountain? Picture a lissome deer, nimbly bounding up a mountain. God wants that to be you!

+DEV+ God and Barren Times

Date: June 29, 2010 1:55 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Barren Times

God and Barren Times

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines...yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior" (Habakkuk 3:17a-18).
Scripture Focus: Habakkuk 3:12-19

We live in increasingly difficult times. The rules have changed on almost every level leaving us reeling in confusion. Morals, governments, global powerhouses . . . our security has proven to be unstable and uncertain.

None of what we are experiencing is new. The only sure and stable thing in this life that ever was and always will be is God Himself. Christians have always agreed with that, but now we are being forced to live in it. Now is the time to learn to thrive in courageous truth instead of comfortable deception. How? By a daily decision to say "no" to fear for the future and "yes" to God's provision for the day. Our difficulties are rooted in fear, unbelief and our limited understanding of His ways. Instead of brooding over conundrums we have no control over, we can earnestly consider and rely on the superior wisdom of our loving, Father. Habakkuk doubted similarly but learned to trust God, saying, "Yet I will rejoice," and "I will be joyful." Why? Because God is and always will be in charge!

Insight: We all feel fear and anxiety, but we don't have to be caught in their vortex. Praise and thanksgiving are good antidotes.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

+DEV+ God and Creation's Curse

Date: June 27, 2010 10:32 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Creation's Curse

God and Creation's Curse

"The creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation will be liberated from its bondage..." (Romans 8:20-21).
Scripture Focus: 2 Peter 3:6-15

A television documentary showed the parallel lives of orca whales and sea lions. It was breath-taking. But wonder soon changed into horror as their lives intersected. Orcas are natural predators of sea lions, especially the pups. We watched the whales toying with the pitiful, agonizingly terrified babies. The menacing whales taunted and abused them for sport a long time before the final kill. It was dreadful to view. The narrator said there is no explanation for this kind of horrific behavior.

But we have the explanation. Creation is trapped under the curse of wanton destruction and death that will not break until we are free of it ourselves. Jesus, our hero, was sent to break that curse-and He did! But the time for happy endings is still ahead (Revelation 22:3). There are many that need rescuing still. For now, creation must wait with us, eagerly hoping for that new heaven and earth when we all are free. It is reassuring that "our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).

Insight: Like a mother after the pain of childbirth, all distortion and suffering will be swallowed in the joy and pleasure of brand new life!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

+DEV+ God and Trees

Date: June 24, 2010 10:51 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Trees

God and Trees

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish...They will still bear fruit in old age..." (Psalm 92:12-14).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 92:10-15

The ancients highly revered the date palm tree for its beauty, usefulness, sweet fruit and longevity. We can see why some in Israel even named their beautiful daughters "Tamar," meaning palm tree: the palm offered exotic beauty and respite from the sun; every part of the tree could be utilized; the fruit was delectable and long-lasting; the trees could live for over 150 years! The ancient world also prized the cedars of Lebanon for their wood, which was very thick, incredibly strong, and wonderfully fragrant. Cedar was the choice for temples, public buildings and palaces.

This brings to life the rich wording of the passage, "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon." What more could anyone want than to be beautiful, useful, fruitful, fragrant and have longevity and strength? By faith we have been transplanted into God's house where we can flourish. Under His careful ministration we can expect to be fruitful, vital and green all our lives, even into our old age.

Insight: Look for God's blessings in your life by identifying the places where you are walking in beauty, being useful, fruitful or finding strength.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

+DEV+ God and Weeds

Date: June 23, 2010 10:17 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Weeds

God and Weeds

"Though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed" (Psalm 92:7).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 37

The War of the Weeds is very familiar to those who have a garden. Weeds multiply two or three times as fast as most plants and grasses, mature more quickly and develop new seeds within days. Whether they drop in clusters, are airborne, or send out rhizomes, the assault is relentless and deadly. How quickly, thickly and intricately they entangle themselves amongst the roots of the desired plants and grasses. Endless battle is something we must all learn to live with; constant vigilance is in order if any control is to be maintained.

So it is with evil and evildoers. The attack of the devil and his minions is also relentless. The seeds of evil quickly, easily take root and entangle us. The wicked do sprout like weeds. We see evil assault our children and families, our co-workers, our nation, the world. For those who don't have the boon of a new life in Christ, the result is deadly. But praise God! There will be a day when the war is over: evil and its perpetrators will be no more. Evil's destruction is a promise!

Insight: Pray for those you know who are caught in a tangle of wickedness and evil.
Commit to prayer for their deliverance and ultimate freedom.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

+DEV+ God and Birds' Nests

Date: June 22, 2010 8:06 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Birds' Nests

God and Birds' Nests

"Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-a place near your altar" (Psalm 84:3).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 91

What a sensitive picture: tiny birds nesting near the altar of the Lord. The actual, dynamic presence of Almighty God felt comfortably safe to little birds! The contrast between God's might and their frailty is immeasurable. Yet they fearlessly and boldly trusted Him enough to build near His presence. He is a refuge to the vulnerable!

Sadly, God's own beloved children often shrink from Him in distrust and anger. Bitterly wounded by sorrow, fear, disappointment and anger, we lay blame at His door and run. We have projected our own brokenness onto God and imputed a veil of darkness over Him. It is His fervent desire that we respond to Him in our hearts just as the little birds did: by nestling into His presence, building our soul's home there and finding safety in the shadow of the Almighty. He is the only refuge we have. He is home, our soul's only comfort. We will find joy when we trust God beyond what we can see and understand and like these little birds, fearlessly build our lives close to Him. Then, sanctuary!

Insight: Take joy! Release the places in your heart where you have longed to shelter in God, but have been too distrustful. You need Him.

Monday, June 21, 2010

+DEV+ God and Rivers of Water

Date: June 21, 2010 10:37 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and Rivers of Water

God and Rivers of Water

"You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it" (Psalm 65:9).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 65: 9-11

It is easy to read passages like these and either pass over them with a quick mental assent or pause and picture the opposite: droughts, animals dying of thirst, scorched fields, dried up river beds, cracked ground. How they glare at us and seem at variance with what God's Word declares. But these are the exceptions, not the rule. Remember, creation is as ravaged by sin as we are. The abundant, bountiful nature of God and His order for the earth are reflected here. That has not and will never change.

What does this have to say about our own lives? We have all experienced spiritual drought. No matter how confused and exhausted our parched souls feel, our Father is in the process of making them rich and fertile; it is in His order that our lives yield the fruit of a rich and bountiful harvest. Let us keep faith with God during our arid times, even when they seem to endlessly continue. The river of God has plenty of water, and He will once again slake our thirst. He has ordered it so.

Insight: Maintaining perspective on God's natural order will help you keep hope through difficult dry seasons. Plenty of living water breaks drought!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

+DEV+ God and the Earth's Wonders

I do hope every "Dad" had a great Fathers Day.

Date: June 20, 2010 8:32 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and the Earth's Wonders

God and the Earth's Wonders

"Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy" (Psalm 65:8).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 65:5-13

From the North Pole to Antarctica, the place God created for His children to dwell is stunning. We may travel in person or view photography to behold it all. We have seen beneath the sea and from impossibly high, snowy mountain peaks; we have seen life-teaming rain forests and wind-swept desert sands; we have seen islands surrounded by aquamarine waters; we've seen glaciers, tundra, verdant valleys. And even for those whose views are limited: clouds, sunsets, sun rises! Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere-all people are surrounded by the beauty of creation and the colorful creatures that inhabit it.

Imagine if our world had been sepia-toned and monotonous. We would have never known the difference. Impossible! Our glorious planet issues from our glorious God! Furthermore, all the splendor of the earth is only a hint of the new heaven and earth of which the Bible foretells. Creation is awe-inspiring now and foreshadows even more wonders later. Our hearts indeed erupt with shouts of joy!

Insight: Make it a point to see what is around you. Notice the details, the colors, the shapes. God made it all for you!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

+DEV+ God and the Heavens

Date: June 16, 2010 10:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and the Heavens

God and the Heavens

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge" (Psalm 19:1-2).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 19:1-6

We sometimes forget that this magnificent world and everything in it were created by God as a fitting setting for the jewel of creation: us! We are the ones made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), which means we are more beautiful than the most glorious sunset you have ever seen.

We were not created for nature; it was created for us. God passionately loves us and wants us to be constantly surrounded by the witness of the heavens. Day after day and night after night they make Him known. Think of sunrises, sunsets, a clear starry sky or galaxies. These are extravagances that were meant to put us in mind of God. He does not want to be forgotten! He's like a lover who showers his beloved with jewels. They symbolically speak volumes about his love.

Most people are enthralled by the skies, yet remain indifferent to their Creator. They see glory but are deaf to its voice. Pray for people's ears to be opened as wide as their eyes, and do not unwittingly become like them. Listen!

Insight: Do you realize how loved you are? The heavens proclaim God's love for you every single day. He, in return, desires you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

+DEV+ God and the Stars

Date: June 15, 2010 10:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God and the Stars

God and the Stars

"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth" (Psalm 33:6).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 33

I recently viewed an inspiring series on the Science channel about the universe. It showed a photo of the earth called The Pale Blue Dot, taken by Voyager as it left our solar system. Earth was a tiny blue speck in the lower corner of the screen while the rest was filled with billions of other stars in our galaxy. We saw a phantasmagoric array of dying stars, new stars and planets so fantastically huge that our sun seems to disappear in comparison.

Scientists tell us that a star is born every two seconds. Imagine, daily, our Father speaks; new stars are born; and the heavens are filled with incomprehensible creative energy and power that no human will ever see or experience. Yet daily, God suffers our accusations and unbelief. We must not choose to lay the limitations of our finite minds upon Him and doubt His ability to care for us in our particular situations. Our infinitely creative Father is more than able to speak dynamic life into our own seemingly dead circumstances and create something as new and glorious as a star in the sky!

Insight: Pray with confidence, no matter what you are facing. God created new stars today; trust Him to speak creative power into your circumstances, too.

Monday, June 14, 2010

+DEV+ High Hopes

Date: June 14, 2010 9:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+ High Hopes

High Hopes

"...Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27b). "For in this hope we were saved. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently" (Romans 8:24-25).
Scripture Focus: Colossians 1

Listening to the evening news or reading the newspaper headlines can be depressing. War, the economy, moral failures in leadership-it all combines to make us feel hopeless.

Hope. The way we use this word today is very different from the original Biblical meaning. Today we say things like, "I hope it won't rain," or "I hope my team wins," or "I hope I don't have cancer." We don't know if the event will or won't happen, so we express hope in the midst of our uncertainty.

But Biblical hope is not an if; it's a when. Biblical hope refers to something that will definitely happen. It's a confident anticipation. We may not know the timing, but God does.

In Scripture, one of the names of Jesus Christ is the Hope of Glory. Christ is our hope. Our future in Him is certain. There's nothing "iffy" about it. We may not know when He will return, but we know He will, and someday we will be with Him. Because of our salvation in Christ, He is our glorious Hope, and He will never disappoint.

Insight: What is causing you to worry or be anxious? Have a confident anticipation of God's promises as you view the future.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

+DEV+ Payment Accepted

Date: June 13, 2010 11:39 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Payment Accepted

Payment Accepted

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die'" (John 11:25-26).
Scripture Focus: John 20:1-31

What is so important about the Resurrection?

After all, wasn't it Jesus' crucifixion that paid the penalty for our sin? Wasn't it His death that satisfied God's wrath against sinful man?

When Jesus Christ was dying on the cross, one of the last things He said was, "It is finished." His death paid our sin-debt in full and satisfied God's justice. "Paid in full" means that God demands nothing more for our salvation other than what Christ has already done for us.

The Son's crucifixion paid our debt in full, and His resurrection is proof that the Father accepted the payment. Nothing else is required.

Jesus Christ declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life as He looked beyond His approaching death to the victory He knew would follow. It's the victory He gives to us when we trust in Him. You and I need never worry that God will demand an extra payment. The debt really is paid in full, and the empty tomb is our receipt.

Insight: Is your motive for serving God to earn "extra credit"? Become aware of Jesus Christ as the Resurrection and change your motive for service.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

+DEV+ Wedding Bells

Date: June 10, 2010 10:51 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells

"The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice" (John 3:29).
Scripture Focus: Revelation 19:4-9

Whether you are married or single, male or female, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are engaged.

The Bible contains repeated wedding references to describe the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Church. John the Baptist called Jesus the Bridegroom. In Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul speaks of marriage between man and woman, then reveals that he is really speaking of the mystery of Christ and the Church. 2 Corinthians 11:2 reminds us that we have been promised "to one husband, to Christ."

But do we behave as one who is engaged? An engaged person typically wants to spend as much time as possible with the one they are about to marry. They make a point to learn everything they can about their loved one's interests. They go out of their way to do things that will make the one they love happy. Their thoughts are never far from their love, and they make detailed plans to spend the rest of their lives together. Jesus Christ is our Bridegroom!

Insight: How much of your time and energy is devoted to getting to know your Bridegroom? What needs to change? Be eager to please your Bridegroom.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

+DEV+ Man in the Middle

Date: June 9, 2010 10:22 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Man in the Middle

Man in the Middle

"Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood" (Hebrews 7:24). "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
Scripture Focus: Hebrews 7:11-28

When God gave the Law to Israel, He established the role of the High Priest. As the spiritual leader of the people, the High Priest represented them before God by offering sacrifices for their sin.

But before the High Priest could atone for the people's sin, he first had to deal with his own sin. His consecration included cleansing, anointing, and various sacrifices for his sin and consecration. Then he was anointed again with the blood of the sacrifice. Only then could he enter the Holy of Holies to sprinkle the blood of the nation's sacrifice on the Mercy Seat to cover their sin. When he died, a new High Priest replaced him.

Jesus is our perfect High Priest. Because He was sinless, He did not need a sacrifice for His sin. Instead, He offered Himself as the spotless sacrifice whose blood atones for our sin. We do not need to fear death when we enter the presence of God. Jesus Christ goes before us as both our permanent High Priest and our permanent sacrifice. We need no other mediator.

Insight: What is the role of a mediator? Jesus Christ's role as both our High Priest and our sacrifice qualifies Him to be our mediator.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

+DEV+ Love or Justice?

Date: June 8, 2010 10:51 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Love or Justice?

Love or Justice?

"Our Redeemer-the Lord Almighty is his name-is the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 47:4).
Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 1:1-25

God doesn't forgive us because He loves us.

If God forgave us because He loves us, He would violate His own character, because the love of God cannot accept what His holiness cannot tolerate. The one, true, living God is holy, and His holiness cannot tolerate sin-no matter how small it might be or how much He loves us. His justice requires that all sin receive the penalty first declared to Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:16-17). That penalty is physical and spiritual death.

The penalty holds us fast in its grip. So God sent a Redeemer, Jesus, One who would free us from the clutches of death and purchase us back-redeem us-by taking our punishment. He is the only one able to pay the price and live.

The world wants us to believe that "all you need is love," but they're wrong.

God doesn't forgive us because He loves us. God forgives us because His justice has been satisfied by the sacrifice of His Son...and He sent His Son to be our Redeemer because He loves us.

Insight: How does focusing solely on God's love provide an incomplete view of God? Dwell not only on God's love, but also on His justice and holiness.

Monday, June 7, 2010

+DEV+ Branching Out

Date: June 7, 2010 9:10 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Branching Out

Branching Out

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Scripture Focus: John 15:1-8

My schedule is usually filled with places to go, people to see, and things to do-and not enough time to do it all. Sitting still is rarely on my agenda. Does that sound familiar?

But Jesus Christ taught His disciples that the simple act of remaining or abiding in Him is the first step in becoming fruitful for His kingdom. Jesus said that He is the Vine, we are the branches, and God the Father is the Gardener. Branches draw life and nourishment from the vine's trunk and will die if they are separated from the vine. So too, we must remain connected to Jesus by spending time in prayer and in His Word, and obedient to the Holy Spirit's promptings as we apply what we learn on a daily basis. Our Heavenly Gardener will care for us and prune us to produce abundant fruit.

This means making a conscious choice to rest and remain in Christ. The Lord reminds us in Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." It is a choice of our will, but the result is fruitfulness that will last for eternity.

Insight: How do you respond when God "prunes" you to increase your fruitfulness? Evaluate your fruitfulness for Christ and any areas of your life that require pruning.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

+DEV+ Shine the Light

Date: June 3, 2010 10:13 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Shine the Light

Shine the Light

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'" (John 8:12).
Scripture Focus: John 9:1-12

Children are frequently afraid of the dark. They imagine bogeymen in the closet and monsters under the bed. The simple act of turning on a nightlight is often enough to banish their fears.

Imaginary fears aren't the only things that reside in the dark. The Bible tells us that the spiritual forces of this world also operate in darkness. Without our Heavenly Father's assistance, we would be helpless and groping to find our way to Him.

But God didn't leave us to stumble around, helpless and alone, searching for Him in the dark. He invaded our darkness with the light of His presence when He sent His Son. Jesus called Himself the "light of the world." The Source of light sent His Light to show us the way to the Father, and the world would never be the same.

He didn't stop there, however. During His earthly ministry, Jesus told His followers that we also are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Just as the moon reflects the sun, we are to reflect His light - all to give glory to the Father.

Insight: In what area of your life do you need Christ's light to shine? Shine the light of Christ in your world today.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

+DEV+ Saved from Myself

Date: June 2, 2010 9:30 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Saved from Myself

Saved from Myself

"I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior" (Isaiah 43:11). "We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world" (1 John 4:14).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 1:18-21; Romans 10:9-13

Some of us have no trouble asking for help. Others will jump through hoops before we ask for assistance, no matter how much we need to be saved from difficult situations. We don't want people to think we can't take care of ourselves.

Whether we admit it or not, there is one area where we all need saving. No effort of ours can save us from sin's penalty: eternal suffering and separation from God. That's why God sent His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

But what about after our salvation from sin's penalty? I've found I also need saving from living the Christian life in my own strength. It's easy for me to fall into the trap of thinking that now it is my hard work that will keep me saved.

Salvation-a restored relationship with the Father-is about trusting the Son, Jesus Christ, to provide our salvation, and surrendering to the Holy Spirit for the strength to walk in that relationship. He saves us from our sin, and He saves us from ourselves.

Insight: How have you been relying on your own strength to fight sin's power in your life? Consider all you have learned from this experience.











1 - A JOB,


~Author Unknown~

+DEV+ Hunger Pangs

Date: June 2, 2010 12:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Hunger Pangs

Hunger Pangs

"Jesus said to them, 'For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life'" (John 6:33, 35).
Scripture Focus: John 6:5-15, 25-40

I am amazed at how quickly I can become hungry. More than a few hours without food and my stomach noisily reminds me that it's time for my next meal.

God understands our physical need for food. He also knows that we have another kind of hunger. You and I have an emptiness-a spiritual hunger-that only God can fill. That's why He sent His Son. Jesus declared Himself to be the Bread of Life. He gives us spiritual life, and He nourishes that life with His Holy Spirit and His Word.

Sustaining life, both physical and spiritual, requires on-going nourishment, but we need to be careful how we satisfy our hunger. Filling our bodies with high-calorie food that has little or no nutritional value is not healthy. In the same manner, we can dull our spiritual appetite for God's Word and godly things by filling our lives with activities that do not have eternal value. The world works hard to tempt us away from feeding on the Bread of Life. Let's not be distracted by spiritual "junk food."

Insight: Are you diminishing your appetite for godly things by filling up on worldly junk food? May our hunger be to spend time in God's Word.