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Daily God Walk for January
February 10, 2015
The Wicked Don't Think of God
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. – Psalm 10:2-4
I know a young man who is very unhappy. In fact he seems a good deal depressed most of the time. All of his thoughts are about himself and how he can gain an advantage with others.
If this man hears that someone has come into some money he will think they should spend it on him. He is not married and is constantly thinking of his next girlfriend, not in terms of what he can do for her but in terms of what she can do for him. I have talked with him about his unhappiness and he wants to blame everyone else for his state of being. I once suggested that he use some of his time to volunteer for a worthy cause and invest himself in others. His response was, “Here we go again…”
That is the kind of person the psalmist is writing about. The sad thing is that this person cannot see that they are their own worst enemy. They are so self absorbed that they cannot think of anyone except in terms of how they can use them.
The psalmist writes, “in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” What a tragedy. The Sovereign God of the universe offers himself to all who will come humbly and give themselves to him in faith, but they can’t see it.
I remember an old revival song from my childhood. Some of the words are these; I went there to fight, but oh my that night, something got a hold of me.” God can get a hold of the most difficult people. Do you know someone who is like the young man I described? Take heart, God can surely get a hold of them. Our job is to love them and continue to bring the opportunity of knowing Christ before them while we pray passionately for God’s intervention.
Build A Small Group Bible Study Using the Daily God WalkAbout 30 years ago I dreamed of breaking my Sunday message into 5 or six components and making a daily devotion out of each component.
I never did get around to doing that, But I have continued to have the conviction that everyone needs a tool to help them establish a daily time of devotion.
Just six years ago I got very serious about providing just such a tool for believers. The tool that was birthed in 2007 was the Daily God Walk (DGW) devotional. Today there are many people across America who look forward to receiving their DGW month after month.
Recently we added the Study Guide Edition of the DGW. This edition concludes each devotion with a principle that is brought out in the text of the devotion for that day.
It also includes an affirmation of the principle to help the reader have a focus for their prayer and meditation.
The affirmation is followed by a reflection which serves as a stimulus for thought on the devotion for the day.
The reflection is followed by a section where the reader can journal their thoughts and write what they feel the Lord telling them in their prayer time.
The purpose of this edition is twofold. First, it gives the reader additional motivation to deepen their faith walk. And secondly, it provides a tool to use in small group Bible study.
I use it in three small groups which meet each week and since I began using it I have experienced much less stress over what We'll be discussing because we all have the same material and everyday there is a new devotion, so it doesn't matter what day of the week the group meets there is fresh material for reflection and discussion.
To check out a sample month of the Daily God Walk - Study Guide Edition just click on the link Below:
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