The right approach

“It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.”  Galatians 4:18.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 22-24 and Galatians 4.

Today’s verse references motivation and consistency.

I want to be a Godly man.  But am I genuine?

Am I guided by God or by myself?  When I write this blog, what do I want out of it?

I have not tried to promote this blog in any fashion.  My wife is the only one of my associates that knows that this blog is done regularly.

I have kept at “His Word For Me” for all these years to hold myself accountable.  I try to write with passion but am I living the same way?

I am very aware that I must be accurate.  I have commentaries.  I looked at Tim Keller’s, “Galatians for you,” before writing today’s entry.

If I am trying to draw readers to me than I am a fool and ultimately in God’s sight, a failure.

To God be all glory!

“Father, forgive me for elevating me.  Every good gift is from You.  I am not the originator.  You deserve ALL the glory.  Enable me, Father, to consistently do what You want me doing.  Prick my conscience when I am misguided and misinformed.  I want, desperately, to please You.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Am I motivated to please God in EVERYTHING I do?

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Paul gets into Peter’s face

“When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.”  Galatians 2:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 16-18, Psalm 38, and Galatians 2.

Paul’s reputation for being a hard guy to get along with probably came from this incident with Peter.

Paul could have been respectful to one of the original disciples, but he just couldn’t do it.  The truth needed to be told.  A wrong had to be ferreted out.  And Paul spoke up.

The Christian community is so often tolerant of wrongs.  We are fearful of calling something wrong because it might offend someone or turn them away from us.  We don’t want to forfeit a listening audience.  But at what expense?

We end up standing for nothing.  We water down, or under-emphasize, what we believe.  Before long, the church and the Elks Club have everything in common!

Obviously, the starting point is to be filled with God’s Spirit.  We can’t be running off at the mouth without that in place.  But if we are filled, and wrongs appear, or misguided programs are suggested, we MUST take action.  Maybe it’s a letter.  Maybe it’s a Pauline face-to-face.

“Lord, I want to rightly represent You wherever I am.  I want to speak Your Truth in a Godly loving way.  Help me not to forget that You are the source of every good thing and that I must not let evil get passed off as good.  Help me, Father.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Will you confront what is wrong in your life?  How about in others’ lives?  Better go about it in a Godly fashion!

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This is a test

“And the prophet says, ‘Let us follow other gods’ (gods you have not known) ‘and let us worship them,’ you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.  The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all you soul.” Deuteronomy 13:2-3.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 13-15 and Galatians 1.

We must acquire the ability to evaluate what we are being taught.  Not every word is His Word.

Moses tells the Israelites that God will test them from time to time by allowing a false message/messenger to be in their midst.

God expects the Israelites to know enough about God to be able to discern that something presented is not of God.

I attend church regularly.  How easy it is to “Amen” everything that is presented.  Every activity that is suggested.  But today’s verses would suggest otherwise!  I must listen carefully.  I must evaluate carefully.  I must be willing to question things.  All of this, of course, must be done with His Love motivating me.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Help me to be a Godly discerner of what goes on in my midst.  Help me to see where I need to speak up and where I need to pipe down.  I desperately need You, Lord.  Help me, I beg.”

Do you believe everything you hear?


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Caring about others

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 10-12 and Mark 16.

We tend to live our lives among those who are like us.

Many of us are affluent, by the world’s standards.  We have running water.  We have food.  We have medical care.  We’re well taken care of.

Many in the world aren’t in that condition.  Many in the US.  Many in our state.  Many in our immediate area.  Are we even aware of them?

I think of the story of the Good Samaritan and must see myself as one of those who crossed to the other side.  My head is not into the needy in my midst…….and today’s verses tell me what I should do and why I should do it.

All that I have is a gift from God.  He has given me plenty.  I have more than I need.  Since I have been given much, I must give much to those who have less.

I need to investigate where I can help the less fortunate and take direct action from that investigation.

“Lord, this is direct-hit stuff for me.  Self-absorbed and blind to those in need around me.  Forgive me, Father.  I have nothing that You haven’t given me.  Help me to share responsibly.  Guide my steps, I beg.  You are my God.  I love You, Father.”

Do you have a clue about the needy within a mile of where you live?  I don’t, and that is wrong!

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Time for a lesson

“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 7-9 and Mark 15.

The wandering Israelites were humbled so that they could learn a lesson.

What was the lesson?  God will take care of His own.

The hardest people to reach with the Gospel are the affluent.  Why?  They believe that they can get along just fine without God.

If the Israelites had been given everything they wanted, they would have begun to rely on themselves.

God made sure that this didn’t happen.

I must trust God.  He knows best.  I know wrong!

Every day must be one in which I am tightly attached to Him all day.  I cannot assume control.  I cannot aspire to independence.

To read the Bible gives one so many examples of God taking care of folks.  Often the obstacles are overwhelming, BUT God is not deterred by obstacles.  He’s deterred by my disobedience.  My self-reliance.

“Lord, I need You every second.  Forgive me for declaring, by my actions, my independence from You. I want You in complete control of my life.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

What has God taught you lately?

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What do You want me to do?

“Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 5-6, Psalm 43, and Mark 14.


Total surrender.

Nothing more.  Nothing less.

God has the right plan for me.  I often think that I know best.  It’s obvious, or at least I think that it is.  BUT God knows ultimately best!

Jesus knew what was coming and He asked for another way.  God knew best: If Jesus didn’t carry my sins to death, I would still have them on my record.  I would be unacceptable to God on Judgment Day.

I must be certain that I am doing what God wants me to do.  The only way that I can get this right is to have a tight, ongoing relationship with Him.

I must give up trying to run my own life.  His Word gives me a foundation for what God would want me doing or not doing.  Sometimes the course I must take is clear from within the framework of His Word.  It’s the uncertain times.  It’s the times in which the obvious is not His Will.

How difficult it is for a mere mortal to live as God wants him to live!

“Father, I need Your help.  I beg You to direct my path.  I beg You to prick my conscience when I am going astray.  I want to be in Your Will all the time.  I cling to You now.  I love You, Lord.”

How will you know His Will?

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Having the right words

“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say.  Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”  Mark 13:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Deuteronomy 3-4, Psalm 36, and Mark 13.

When I speak, is it the Holy Spirit speaking?  Not always, for sure!

If I want to speak His Words I must be filled with Him.

If I am not filled with Him, then I will be saying my own words which are not God’s Words.

There is no middle ground on this.  I am either verbally representing God or I am verbally representing Satan!

I must be conscious of the significance of my every word.  I continually throw words around here at home that are NOT Godly.  Why?  I get into a “comfort” zone here in which my words aren’t as guarded as they are elsewhere.  Often those “unguarded” words cause trouble. “Forgive me, Father!”

My relationship to God must be ongoing.  I must constantly check to see where He is in the moment I am in.  I know that He is with me but am I acting/talking as if I am aware of it?

“Lord, I need You every second.  You don’t leave.  I do.  Forgive me.  Saturate me with You so that what overflows pleases You.  I love You, Lord.”

His Words must be in every conversation I have this day.

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