So we are half-way through the year. This is where the rubber hits the road. Where we have to give ourselves--and by ourselves I mean me--a kick in the pants and remind us why we're doing this.
My word for the year was ABUNDANTLY!
I want to live life to the fullest. I want God to enrich my life abundantly with His presence. I want abundant joy, blessings, protection, laughter, happiness, love...all those good things that reside in Him and obedience to Him.
I'm going to guess I'm not the only one who wants these things.
But we can't just sit back and ask Him to hook us up to a Holy IV. We have to do our parts too. Because satan came to steal, kill and destroy and one way we combat that is through the Word of God. It's part of our armor. It's alive and active. It's what we throw back at satan when he throws lies at our mind.
Knowing that, I want the Word of God embedded in me. And that's what the whole year of memorizing Scripture was about. But I'm not even gonna lie. It's not easy. I've fallen a few times and I'm still struggling to catch up. But I refuse to give up because then satan wins. And that ain't gonna happen.
So I sat in prayer over what verses to do for the next half a year. God didn't give me all twelve of them, but He did give me a direction. For the next six months our verses will center around His many names. Because He has all we need, and we need to know how to call on Him.
Thinking on that, today I'm using El Shaddai as the basis for our verse. El Shaddai means: All sufficient one; Lord God Almighty. If you'd like to see a breakdown of this name, click here and scroll down. I'm focusing strictly on the "all sufficient one" portion today--which points to how He sustains us. Here's our verse to go with it:
Even to your old age and grey hairs, I am he, he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4
I'm starting to get grey hairs, so this really spoke to me :) I love each and every part of that verse and we'll talk more about it next week. For now, I want to encourage you to keep learning. Keep working at it. Even if you're not getting every comma in place, you are still steeping in His Word and His Word never returns void.
Have a great week, friends!