"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by stream of water that yields its fruit in its season..."
Today's Prayer Focus
- For God’s Spirit to give us an appetite for the Scriptures.
- For greater depth in our understanding of God’s Word; for growing levels of interest in classes that will be offered in the coming months and years.
- For eyes to see and savor Christ in the pages of Scripture, responding to him with love and devotion; for our hearts to be shaped by his love. “Christ in all of Scripture, grace in all of life.”
- For obedience to the Scriptures, prompted by love.
"Rooted in the Word"
During my journey as a follower of Christ, there have been several seasons in which I found myself asking the question, “Do I REALLY believe the book that I am basing my values, beliefs and worldview upon, contains the true words of the only God?” The “counsel” of the world had convinced me that the stories contained within Scripture were too outlandish and made me want proof. I felt like there should be more tangible evidence of the Word. My faith was being shaped by the “counsel of the wicked” and not “the law of the Lord.”
As I battled these feelings of doubt, reading the Word was low on my list. However, as I made meager efforts to read Scripture, I can confidently affirm that it was the very Word of God that delivered me from skepticism. My delight became rooted in the very book I was doubting, through the work of the Holy Spirit.
As we continue to pray for the needs of our church and for fruitful ministry, may we remember that our prayers, ministry goals and plans are to be rooted in His Word. Personally, and as a congregation, let us continually ask for a deeper love for His truth—that our roots would go down deep and drink from the benefits of the Living Water. Pray that the Word would guide our ministry and “yield its fruit in its season.”
TJ Sellers and his wife, Anna, have attended Lake Baldwin Church since 2010 and recently welcomed their first child, Adalyn Emory. Originally from California, TJ moved to Orlando in 1991 at the age of five. A graduate of Boone High School and the University of Florida, TJ now works for a construction management company. In his free time, TJ enjoys anything outdoors including water sports, backpacking, beach volleyball, soccer and traveling. Combining his passion for building, travel, and the church, TJ enjoys participating in overseas missions in developing countries.