5 Habits - Word #3

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Wednesday 8th January

In this week’s Everyday Devotions, we are exploring the power of God’s Word to change our lives. Let’s look at what two of the earliest believers understood about this, and at what Jesus says that insight means for our own lives.

Bible Meditation

Genesis 6:22 & 7:5

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him
5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

Exodus 40:16

16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
1) You may be able to spot a common theme between why God was able to use Noah so powerfully and why he was able to use Moses so powerfully! Why do you think it is so important that we study God’s Word and obey it to the letter?
2) What would it have said about Noah and Moses’s relationship with the Lord if they had argued and disobeyed him?

Deuteronomy 12:32

32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
3) Think of what you know about God’s Word. Which commands are you most tempted to add to God’s Word or to take away from God’s Word?
4) What lies behind that temptation? What does that say about your heart towards the Lord?

Finally, let’s look together at how Jesus says these verses apply to our own lives today.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
5) Why do you think hearing God’s Word and putting it into practice makes such a foundational difference to our lives?
6) What is the difference between “hearing” the words of Jesus and “putting them into practice”? How can you ensure that you do both of those things today?

Prayer Pathway

Prayer for today:
Lord God, thank you that you have given us such great men and women in the Bible, who can serve as examples for us today. Help me to be like Noah and Moses, hearing and doing everything you tell me to do. Help me to devote myself to studying your Word and to putting it into practice in every single area of my life today. Amen.

Pray in Deuteronomy 12:32: Confess to God those areas of his Word that you are most tempted to ignore. If you need help to think of any areas, focus on the Scripture commands to flee sexual sin, to turn the other cheek, to lay down your life for others, to pray without ceasing, etc). Be honest with God that you have found such commands too costly in the past. Recommit your life to him in total obedience to his Word.

Pray in Matthew 7:24-27: As God to help you to lay strong foundations for your life through hearing and obeying his Word. Knowing that rains and storms are bound to come into your life, ask God to help you dig deep into his Word now so that you can stand firm then.
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