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"The Very Heart of Worship"
from Cypress Ministries
A penetrating examination of what it means to know, believe, and worship the one and only God who is truly available and able
to help those in need
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For readers of all persuasions, it is a welcome invitation to come to KNOW God personally, and not simply learn more ABOUT God.
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Listening for God's Voice
through His Word
Today's daily devotional includes
- a leading verse to consider from our Today In His Word,
- a thought to ponder on as you read His Word,
- insightful lesson into His Word for you to think about as you go about your day.
TODAY'S DAILY DEVOTIONAL This is what the
Scripture says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
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The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea,
and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were
more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness,
examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
(Acts 17:10–11 ESV)
There are two main ways to sit down with your Bible, and it is important to do BOTH for a healthy Spiritual diet.
The first way to approach your study time is “Devotionally,” and there actually two parts to this. The first part is when you sit and read His Word to simply let it refresh you; when you are open to receiving a new Word God might want to share with you. It is also a time for Him to nourish you and prepare you for instructions, direction, and personal application. Devotional study feeds our hearts with the milk of His Word, and allows us to see a reflection of God’s heart, which deepens our relationship with Him.
The word devotional comes from the word devotion, which means dedication, consecration, worship, and sincere attachment. This type of study leads to an increase of dedication and consecration to God. It also leads to a more personal relationship with God and helps us to worship Him more in our hearts and with our lives. This type of study also helps us to learn key principles we can apply to our lives, helping us to not only be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word as well.
During this time, you will want to pick key verses and record insight into the Word that God is giving you; and consider how to apply personal application from it, so the lesson is brought out in your own life; and finally, personally pray regarding what God is teaching you through this verse.
- Questions to consider during this time: Is God giving me an example to follow? Is there an error to avoid? Is there a duty to perform, or is there a promise to claim?
When you are devotionally reading, it is a good time to use your reading guide to follow the reading plan God has directed you to. This is also a good time to absorb His Word as you read, make note of any verses that God highlights to you, and write them down to meditate on later throughout the day.
The second part of this devotional time, is taking the time to look up any cross-references for these verses, and prayfully ask God to work them into you. Ask God to help you understand how they apply to your life and how He would have you stand on them. This is also a good time to write in your journal and to apply the tips given earlier in this book on how to make the most of your quiet time.
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