"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Beloved of the Father, we need the word of God. I know that this is a self evident fact for those who have tasted of the world to come; but, it still needs to be affirmed over and over again that we who have come out of darkness might remain in the light. Yes, every truly born again believer has a thirst for biblical truth commencing from the day of their new beginning in Christ; however, this reality does not negate the truth that after one has past the initial stage of ‘new-birth’ joy in Christ, he will have to fight through the cooling temptations of the wicked one. Saints, we must not allow our old nature to reassert dominion over our lives with its lusts for the things of this world; therefore, let us fight to read the word of God and keep it in our consciousness. Excuses will not maintain our growth or even fellowship with the Spirit. If we can take time to have sex with our spouses, go to work, shop, maintain our hygiene etc…, we can find time to read our bibles! Please understand saints, you do not have to return to sinful living if you keep your relationship with the Word of God.
Devotional reading for this week: Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)
Psalm 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: Why should I not neglect the daily reading of the bible? What are some things that I encounter within my flesh that would hinder me from reading the bible if I were to yield to them? What actions can I take to make sure I read my bible daily?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to have a fruitful time reading the scripture. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.