Personal Devotion by Linda Bidler

Personal Devotion by Linda Bidler

Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) 


Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite verses.  It’s on an index card on my refrigerator and I am reminded of it often. When my husband was recovering from a stroke, he experienced a great deal of fear and when I visited him in the hospital, I would recite this verse to him as he was regaining his strength. As Christians, we need to be ready to share God’s Word at just the right moment to support someone who’s afraid, anxious or lonely and when we have an opportunity to witness to others.   


One of the many different methods to aid us in Scripture memory, is meditating on God’s Word and prayerfully turning that meditation into action.  As James pointed out “…be doers of the Word and not hearers only…” Whether being led by the fruits of the Spirit, the Beatitudes, or the many other examples of Jesus’ teachings, I find that the more I live them, the more I will remember them.  I don’t always succeed in that goal and sometimes it’s an uphill battle, but I will never give up following Him and trying to be an example to the people He puts in my life. 


Prayer: 


Lord, help me to live Your Word faithfully and to be aware of the opportunities You send me to be a beacon of Your light.  Help me to remember that my relationship with You is to be shared with the love and compassion You taught me by Your example. In Your Holy Name, I pray. 


“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 ESV) 


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