Psalm 1:2-3 (The Passion Translation) 

“His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life.” 

RADICAL devotion means we are committed to reading the word. 

I love these four words: “planted by God’s design.” Our lives aren’t established by doing things our own way. We bear lasting fruit by digging into God’s word and putting our roots down in His truth; by meditating day and night in His word. 

The idea of “meditating day and night” can seem like something just for super spiritual people, something inconvenient and dull. Here’s what changed it for me. I hadn’t read my bible in a few weeks, and I started to feel guilty. But God spoke to me and He changed my view of reading the bible from an OBLIGATION to an INVITATION. He said, “I have so much to show you.” 

Free from guilty thoughts like “I’m not a good Christian” and “I’m the only one who struggles to read the bible,” I began to understand what the Psalmist said in Psalm 119:162. 

“Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy; the revelation of Your word thrills me like one who has discovered hidden treasure.” Psalm 119:162 TPT 

If we want to radically influence our world in Jesus’ name, commitment to His word is a must. Brothers and sisters, I promise you that, when you make His word your priority, it’ll change the way you think and the way you live. You’ll begin to bear fruit no matter your surroundings. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Give me a new hunger for more of You. I know You are close and You’re speaking to me. Give me ears to hear. Help me put You first and live a life of devotion. You have set me apart and You are equipping me, all for Your glory. Amen. 

More scripture:
John 15, Psalm 119, Matthew 4:4 

Written by Hannah Sharry, Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast

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