Thought Of The Day, “Transformed”, Men’s Daily Devotion

Men’s Daily Devotion, Transformed


Thought of the day:

Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. Now on the second day the heads of the fathers’ houses of all the people, with the priests and Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law. Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for one -fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God. Reference Nehemiah 8:3,13,18,9:3 NKJV

Something happened in Jerusalem when God’s Word was read openly. There was a Revival that happened. People, when confronted with their sins, repented and even mourned that they had fallen away from God. They read, heard and applied God’s Word immediately.

Yes, we know from reading Nehemiah, that the scroll of the Law was found during the repairs at the temple. We understand that it is implied that the people of Israel did not have access to His Word. However, they still were able to share it verbally. So, why the change now? Because they understood that God was delivering them from their captivity.

We have access to The Word Of God in many ways that wasn’t available to the Israelites then. We can look it up on the web, download apps, ask for and usually receive a Bible from a church or ministry, find it available on libraries, and the ways go on. Our problem is not so different from the Israelites in Nehemiah’s time. We’ve become numb, jaded, bored, and distracted. We allow the things of the world to influence us to not read or listen or learn from God’s Word. Sound familiar? This is exactly what happened with the Israelites before they were taken into captivity in Babylon.

We should learn from history what is best for us. Instead, we decide that we know better and won’t make the same mistakes. The problem is that we repeat history.

We need to remove any distractions from our lives to spend time in The Word Of God. It should be something that causes change to happen in our lives. We cannot and should not become bored but instead, see The Love Of God and see how exciting it is.

Today, if you haven’t already, start a habit of reading, listening, and studying God’s Word and allow it to transform you.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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