August Spiritual Rhythm
D.L. Moody stated that “the Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.” Scripture itself states, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
The rhythm for this month is designed to help you focus on scripture in a manner that moves beyond information to transformation; where you give the Spirit freedom to reveal thoughts, emotions, and desires. To practice this rhythm, choose a short passage or a few verses then:
READ the passage or verses slowly. Let the words penetrate your mind and your heart.
REFLECT on the verses. Give the Spirit freedom to show you how they apply to you that day.
RESPOND with obedience. Let the word of God guide your thoughts, attitudes, and actions as you go about your day.
As you intentionally engage in this rhythm, the word of God will become richer, deeper, and more personal. Practicing this rhythm is not to master the text but to allow the text to master you; you are reading in this manner for depth, not breadth. May this rhythm draw you closer to the God of the Word, deepening your intimacy with him and your obedience to him.