• Dr. Mike Routt


One of the most significant means of strengthening my relationship with GOD and also controlling my emotions is the daily reading of GOD's Word. In our nation and world reeling from turmoil, crisis, and upheaval, when current events seek to elicit feelings of intense anger, uncontrolled frustration, or relentless fear, GOD's Word keeps my spirit calm and my heart warm toward GOD. Charles H. Spurgeon once said: "True Bible-readers and Bible-searchers never find it wearisome. They like it least who know it least, and they love it most who read it most. They find it newest who have known it longest, and they find the pasture to be the richest whose souls have been the longest fed upon it."

Reading Psalm 119 enriches one's life and revives ones soul! "Happy are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!", says Psalm 119: 1-2. Look at verses 15-16, "I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word." Psalm 119:97 reveals the passion of the reader: "Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." Look at Psalm 119:162: "I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great treasure." And consider the wonderful truth of Psalm 119:165: "Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble."

The late Billy Graham once said, "The very practice of reading the Bible will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take the place of this daily exercise." Let me encourage you to use the Bible reading plan on our church app. Today's Bible reading was Judges 12 and Acts 16. Let's pray for a love of GOD's Word as illustrated in the life of Jeremiah as he wrote in chapter 15, verse 16: "Your Words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD GOD of hosts."

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