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The Joy of My Heart: Meditating Daily on God's Word

The Joy of My Heart: Meditating Daily on God's Word

by Anne Graham Lotz

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January 3

Heaven Is More

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered
into the heart of man the things which God has
prepared for those who love Him.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

The Creator who created all the earthly beauty we have grown to love . . .

the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Alps,

the rushing mountain streams,

the carpets of wildflowers,

the whir of a hummingbird’s wings . . .

this is the same Creator who has prepared our heavenly home for us! If God could make the heavens and earth as beautiful as we think they are today—which includes thousands of years of wear and tear, corruption and pollution, sin and selfishness—can you imagine what the new heaven and the new earth will look like? It will be much more glorious than any eyes have seen, any ears have heard, or any minds have ever conceived.

    Heaven: My Father’s House

January 4

"God Says So" Prayers

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you
will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

John 15:7 NKJV

Prayer is a conversation. We speak to God in prayer, then listen attentively as He speaks to us through His Word.

Do you think the promise that Jesus gave His disciples was like handing them a divine genie in a bottle? And that if they would just rub the bottle with enough faith, the genie would pop out and grant them their “wishes”? As ludicrous as that is, it actually is the way some people view prayer. And when the genie doesn’t pop out of the bottle, they become offended with God and resent Him for not being at their beck and call.

One major prerequisite to receiving answers to prayer is that our requests line up with God’s will. How will we know what God’s will is? By abiding consistently in His Word. Instead of basing our prayers on “I hope so,” our prayers are based on “God says so.” And if we are saturating ourselves in His Word, then His desires will be ours.

    My Heart’s Cry

January 5

My Home Is His, Too!

You comprehend my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 139:3 NKJV

Recently as I prepared my house for a visit by my father, I began to clean and straighten my house. I even bought fresh flowers to place around the rooms. I wanted my home to look as inviting and pleasing to his eyes as I could make it. Then it struck me—if I felt this way about my earthly father’s brief visit, how much more care I should give my home every day, since my heavenly Father lives here.

I am not a good housekeeper. But motivated by the thought that my house is His home also, I try hard to keep it clean and neat. It is not professionally decorated, but it is as pleasing to the eyes as my time and budget will allow. I want those who walk through my door to know that the Lord God lives here. And I hope the reality of His presence is evident to all by the beauty of the outward appearance and an inner atmosphere of warmth and love.

    God’s Story

January 6

A Love Relationship With God

God is love, and he who abides in love
abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16 NKJV

The first secret to loving others is to immerse yourself in a love relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—and abide there.

I will never get over the wonder that God the Father

and God the Son do not have

a working kinship

nor a business partnership nor a brotherly friendship

nor a competing dictatorship

nor a mandatory fellowship

nor an obligatory guardianship

but a love relationship

that has existed since before time and space! And you and I enter into that eternal sphere of unconditional love when we abide in Christ.

    My Heart’s Cry

January 7

Life-Giving Power

Your word has given me life.

Psalm 119:50 NKJV

Sometimes when we are depressed, we feel lifeless. It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning. We seem to have no energy to do even the most routine functions. If you are depressed by the greatness of your problems, read God’s Word! That’s where you find help. That’s where you find joy. Let the rushing waters of the living Word drown out all other sounds and voices. There is life-giving power in the Word of God!

At the most difficult times in my life—the loss of a baby, the forced removal from a church, the execution of a friend, the robbery of our home—God’s Word has sustained me. There have been times when I have only been capable of reading a few verses at a time, yet the supernatural life-giving power of the Word of God has not only helped me maintain my emotional and mental balance; it has given me strength to go on, even if only one day at a time.

    The Vision of His Glory

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