We’ll do a biblical three, yea, four sequence.

Ed Mathews has a year-long daily devotional in PDF format, highly recommended, plus other study materials you should check out. It’s what I read. Biblically based, meaty without being dense, practical.

WAVE is “self-help for coping with overwhelming cravings and compulsions,” not spiritually based, but you might find some practical ideas. Continue reading

To fear God is to recognize him for who he is. It means to show deep awe, reverence, respect. After all, he can destroy both body and soul in hell! Fear also means to respond appropriate to him as Creator and Sovereign, by obeying all his commands. This fear is a companion to love for God. Let us praise him for being the Devouring Fire!

God is a friend to those who love him do his will. He shares his knowledge and blessing with his friends. “He reveals his intimate counsel to the upright.” He makes us partners in his work of reconciliation. Glory to God for his friendship with man!

God helps the helpless. He reaches the unreachable. Those who face the impossible have a God with whom all things are possible. God can do all things and his people are enabled to serve and change. Glory to him who can and will help!

God executes his judgment against evil and against evildoers. The righteous desire justice in the world. They live according to God’s word. They want to see his salvation come to all. Evil is opposition to God. It must therefore be defeated. When God judges sinners, his people are vindicated. Glory to God for his righteous judgment!

God is Father to those who become Christians, who are born again of the water and Spirit. We are privileged to call him Father in prayer and to ask him to fulfill his good will in our lives. He makes us part of his family, the church. Here, love reigns. Glory to God for his Fatherhood!

God guards the way of the godly. He sees his people’s sufferings. He honors their commitment to him. He takes care of the one who trusts in him. God leads us at every moment and protects us in the darkest hours. Glory to God who guards his people!