Experience Persistent Satisfaction

God had brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, presented them with a new land filled with limitless opportunities, but He had to teach them how to appreciate the God who gave it all to them. Sounds an awful lot like those of us who have been rescued from sin, living a new and rewarding life that is filled with promises of eternal life in heaven with the Father and the Son. We need help in appreciating the ‘New Life in Christ’ and all that He blesses us with, compared to the selfish and sinful life we had before Christ. The Psalmist shares with us how to gain total satisfaction in life. Meditate with me as we tune in to this teaching.

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2022-09-20
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Pslam 119:1-8
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will, rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths. You have given us your laws to obey— oh, how I want to follow them consistently. Then I will not be disgraced, for I will have a clean record. After you have corrected me, I will thank you by living as I should! will obey! Oh, don’t forsake me and let me slip back into sin again.

APPLICATION: From the time a child is born, we start teaching them right from wrong, we reward them for good behavior, and we frown upon unsatisfactory behavior. Primarily because we know, from experience, that a life of integrity where we try to do that which is acceptable, will result in a less stressful and much happier life. Frequently we must intervene and help our children recognize their wrong doings, or disobedience, and remind them of the joy that will come from living a life of obedience, goodwill, integrity towards the things and teachings of Almighty God, and praising Him for all that He showers on those who live according to His plan. I feel it is important to discern very early in life, and for its duration, that although we were not given a handbook on the right way to live, God went to great extremes in making sure that everything is included in His Word, the Bible, to help us live as men/women of integrity towards God and our fellow man. The neatest things is, that unlike a college professor might stand before us and bore us with unlimited facts, God revealed His truths through the life and times of His prophets and men/women of integrity who learned from His teachings. Many today are probably saying to Christians, ‘don’t tell me what to do and how to live, just SHOW me the difference God has made in your life’. Are you living that kind of life dear follower of Christ? We are so much like the Psalmist, where we awaken each day and run to the Word of God for correction on the things we did and said yesterday, while pleading for new and fresh revelations on how we can do it better today. Friends, each day brings its own challenges, for Satan will attack from every angle as he does his job to tear down, discourage, and destroy the child of God. Have you spent time in the Word today, so that God might strengthen and guide you through the wicked path that Satan is preparing for you today? Without this, my friend, you will follow the path of least resistance, and that will bring such sadness to our Master and Lord. Think about the Scripture today and try to understand the words I have shared with you. Pray that you will be blessed to live a live dedicated to God, a life of integrity, both in the church and in the world.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Don’t forsake me Lord, I’m still a work in progress, under the perfect hand of Almighty God!

PRAYER: Too often, we stand before You, Jesus, and we commit to following Your perfect way and to live like You demonstrated for us, but then we face the world around us and we are quicky distracted to think and act like our old selves. Lord, we can only do this life in full obedience to Your will and way, in and through Your power, and when guided by You. We humbly ask that You guide our thoughts; soften our tongue to only speak in love and when guided by Your Spirit, so that the world will encounter You in every dealing with us. Draw our family and friends to You precious Lord, and use us in every way possible, is my humble plea today. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

The Value In Experiencing God

THE HOLY BIBLE (The New Living Translation – John 9:24-25): 24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” 25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

THOUGHTS: Try asking me what it was like to land on the moon the very first time, and I would have to look to the internet and/or the local library to find information on the first landing. No doubt I would share some of the personal feelings of those first pioneers as they landed and as they walked around on the surface of the moon. Now, think about the difference in that story versus the response I might write to the question: “what is it like to live in the Bahamas?” You see, I am originally from the Bahamas, having lived the first 33 years of my life there. So I don’t need to do research in order to share a valid response with you. In my response to the first question I would share feelings and facts from the hearts of the first adventurers that landed on the moon. In response to the second question, you would hear about those things I personally experienced, and more about the physical descriptions of the beautiful waters and beaches. You will quickly discern the passion in my response, because my life was, and always will be, impacted by the people and places of the country where I was raised. In our Bible verses today, we see where a man who was once blind, is passionate about Jesus who impacted his life forever. For through His majestic touch, this man could now see for the first time in his life. In fact, the man is getting very frustrated because the Jewish leaders are trying to convince him that the healer is a fraud and that there must be something erroneous about his experience. Friends, this is representative of what happens in Christianity. To those of us who have surrendered our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ, we have experienced His saving power; His love that was poured out for us on Calvary, in spite of our sin and evil ways; and the eternal hope that is ours to one day unite with Him around the throne of grace in heaven. Anyone carrying the title without the personal experience or interaction with their Master and Lord, can tell you about a Savior they read about or heard testimony of, but they can be easily swayed and distracted to another story that may sound more convincing. A personal experience is embedded in us and will help us to stay firm in the faith and true to our commitment until the day we are called away to be with the Lord in glory! As in any relationship, this experience will only happen as we dedicate ourselves to true and honest servanthood to the One we have surrendered our lives to. I pray that each of you reading this devotional will stop the pretense and seek a personal relationship/experience with a very personal, yet powerful God, through His Son Jesus Christ. Please use information in the ‘Footnote’ to contact me with any questions this may have aroused for you. It is super important that we each seek and experience a ‘personal’ relationship with Jesus. Today can be the day for you, friend!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for reaching down from the glories of heaven to touch my life in such miraculous ways that I can declare today that I know my Redeemer Lives, because He is Alive in me. Lord, may this be evident in every aspect of my life so that others will experience the risen Lord, and not just hear about an event that may have impacted my life. Although I know that You are our main defense against the enemy, I believe that our personal and intimate relationship with You brings peace, solidarity and a witness that will stand firm against the attacks of Satan and his earthly cohorts. May others look to us with a hope today, and not consider us just another hypocrite. I thank You for saving my soul Lord Jesus. May my life exemplify You so vividly today that others will be convicted of their sin and want to know you personally. I ask these things in the strong name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or read through Biblical truths on How To Know Jesus, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, FL! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!