September Devotion, Day 3

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Longing for Pure Spiritual Milk

“Therefore, putting aside
all malice
and all deceit
and hypocrisy
and envy
and all slander,
like newborn babies,

long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow 
in respect to salvation,
if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
1 Peter 2:1-3

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When my husband and I were new Christians, I remember driving along the Puget Sound talking about how amazing it would be to read the Bible every day, naturally, with no struggles – to just do it, like eating when you’re hungry.  At that time we could not even imagine the Bible being Daily Bread for our very souls.  We knew it was important, but we didn’t know how important.  We also did not know that conversation was the beginning of a longing for the pure milk of the Word that would literally change the way we lived our lives.

Not too long after this, we committed to participating in a church-wide fast.  It was during that fast I made a change in my life that provided time of reading God’s Word daily and I believe it was one of the best decisions I have made as a Christian.  God has answered the desire of my heart from so long ago and it makes a huge difference for me daily.

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Something happens to our faith when we read the Bible regularly.  Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.”  When we feel weak in our faith, or feel that we are not growing in regards to our salvation, we must pray that God will help us to long for the pure milk of the Word.

Inspired to Cherish
I love to read Psalm 119.  There’s just something in the words of the psalmist that reveal so clearly his longing for God’s Word in his life.

Today let’s read all of Psalm 119 and then write verses 129-136 in our personal journals.  Take it slowly, and write it as if you are writing a love prayer to God, writing His very words back to Him.  It’s beautiful.

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Now let’s read these verses out loud to God.  Make it a personal prayer.  Let’s own the words and cherish them, as if we are the psalmist, desiring and longing for the pure milk of the Word that we might grow into mature children of God.

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Thank you for spending another day in September cherishing the Word of God with me.  It’s wonderful and I am enjoying it greatly.  Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  I really do love to hear from you.

Here is “September Devotion” for September 1 and September 2

Blessings for a SimplyLiving Day with Jesus,

Constance

Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine

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Urgent prayer and fasting request from our Dear Suko Family Missionaries in the Ukraine.

It Only Gets Worse!
Unfortunately things didn’t get better for Ukraine, they only got worse! It started with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, then with the taking of key cities in Eastern Ukraine and it continues with an all out war for control of the Donbas area of Ukraine.

Yesterday after weeks of intense fighting the Ukrainian army withdrew its forces from the strategic town of Debaltseve, giving over another key city to the Russian back forces.

The blow to Ukraine is heavy, the outlook is grim, the people are angered, disillusioned and desperate!

Is there hope for Ukrainians?

I believe there is and tomorrow I will share with you in detail about that hope.

In the mean time I want to ask you to do the same thing I asked one year ago.

Please fast and pray for Ukraine!

Christina and I will be fasting and praying on Saturday and we invite you to join us.

You can read the entire article at the Suko Family Blog.

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Please consider joining me on February 21, 2015, as I pray and fast with Caleb and Christina Suko.  Together we can come before the throne of God on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

Constance