Each week we post a scripture to challenge you to hide God’s Word in your heart. Commit it to memory, meditate on it and apply it to your life.
This week’s verse:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seats of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Meditate and apply:
- The word “blessed” expresses a sense of happiness, joy, and satisfaction in one’s present circumstances and is the result of trusting and obeying God.
- We are “blessed” when we seek Godly counsel through God’s Word, pastor, or other Godly Christian rather than those who follow the world’s way. When we are seeking advice to troubling or difficult circumstances, we need to be sure the advice we are seeking aligns with what God says in His Word. Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” When we turn to the Lord and His Word and trust Him, He will give us the direction we seek.
We need to be sure the advice we are seeking aligns with what God says in His Word. When we turn to the Lord and His Word and trust Him, He will give us the direction we seek. (Proverbs 3:5-6). — Click to tweet.
- We are “blessed” when we stand in the light of God’s Word and not in the midst of sinners. This doesn’t mean we avoid them. If we did, they’d not hear about Jesus. It means that we don’t follow their ways, participating in the sin. We don’t adopt their lifestyle as our own. Instead, we need to ask God to change us from the inside out, so that how we act and what we say reflects who He is.
“Not standing in the path of sinners” means we don’t adopt their lifestyle as our own. Instead, we need to ask God to change us from the inside out, so that how we act and what we say reflects who He is. — click to tweet
- We are “blessed” when we do not abide with the scornful. The word ‘seat” means “place of abode.” A scornful person is one who mocks or talks arrogantly. It is the person that is contentious and bitter. Being scornful represents a heart that is calloused. When we allow it, bitterness will enter our hearts. This is why the Bible teaches us in Proverbs 4:23 to “above all else, guard your heart…” so that our hearts will not be weighted down (Luke 21:34).
Being scornful represents a heart that is calloused and bitter. This is why the Bible teaches us in Proverbs 4:23 to “above all else, guard your heart” so that our hearts will not be weighted down (Luke 21:34). — click to tweet
- Our delight and happiness comes when we dwell and meditate on God’s Word and obey what God is saying to us. Meditating day and night represents that His Word is always in our hearts and on our minds. As we go through each moment of the day meditating on His Word and listening to the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit, we will know the right actions and right words to say through every circumstance we face.
As we go through each moment of the day meditating on His Word and listening to the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit, we will know the right actions and right words to say through every circumstance we face. — click to tweet
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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