Top 6 “Nuggets” from Feb. 2015

On January 1, 2015, I started a plan to read the entire Bible again in the course of the year. Each day after my reading I post a “nugget” from my quiet time using the hashtag #Bible365 on my Facebook page. 

Below are the Top 6 (plus a special one) — in no particular order — from the month of February 2015. 

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Nugget #1

I’ll keep it simple tonight, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Nugget #2

Have you mastered Psalm 34:1? I don’t know about you, but I fail miserably at times. 

For the Bible says, “I will bless the Lord at ALL times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Wow! What a gut check of a verse. Two other verses — among many in this particular psalm — that I’d like to also share, with emphasis added on the last one.

Verse 18: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Verse 19: “MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, BUT the Lord DELIVERS him out of them ALL.”

Nugget #3

Why is it important to know God’s Word?

As Jesus is in the wilderness, He is tempted by the devil. In Luke 4:10, you’ll miss it if you aren’t paying attention, the devil says, “for it is written …” And he (the devil) proceeds to quote Deuteronomy 6:13.

The devil knows the Word, he quotes it to Jesus. Don’t you think you should know the Word as well? When Jesus is tempted, what does He do? He quotes scripture back to the devil. Jesus replies by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16.

It’s not a flesh battle we have to fight. Be equipped and prepared. The temptations will come! Know how to use your sword (the Word).

*Read Luke 4:1-12.

Nugget #4

God is our fortress. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 ESV)
Also verse 10 is another to underline/remember: “Be still, and know that I am God …” 

Nugget #5

God is in the transformation business! We just have to pray: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 ESV

Nugget #6

Jesus healed 10 lepers, but only one of them realized what had really taken place. What did he do?

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15-16 ESV

How often do we forget to thank God for the blessings He bestows upon us? The healing He sends our way? The obstacles He removes?

Live a life of worship. Thank Him for all He has, is and is going to do in your life.

*Bonus Nugget

Today’s nugget is a very special one! When I realized the Psalm I was in, I knew I would share it. This scripture is what I was asked to read at my great, great uncle Charlie’s funeral. He was 99, just shy of 100 years old.

Knowing that, read this scripture with that in mind. What an amazing truth!

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. [interlude] We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalms 39:4-7 NLT