Middle School Boys Devo #2

Hello again fellas. I hope and pray you are all doing well! I enjoyed getting to see some of you guys at Eliza’s parade! What an awesome night that was; 101 cars plus a TRACTOR!! Let’s all be sure to give thanks and praise to God for this wonderful answer to our prayers!  
Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible!). I encourage you to read all of Psalm 119, but for the sake of this devotion, I just want us to look at verses 9-16. This section of Psalm 119 was taught to me a lot growing up and my parents had it engraved on a gift they gave me for my 13th birthday, so whenever I see it, I can remember the truth it teaches. 

Read Psalm 119:9-16 
Hymns for this week: "Lord, I Need you" & "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah "

We all face temptations in our lives, and even being in a quarantine doesn’t change that. During this time while we are stuck in our homes we might be tempted to slack off and not do our work online, or tempted to annoy or get angry at our siblings while we are stuck with them all day, or tempted to sneak in some more games of Fortnite even though our parents have said told us no more video games. Regardless of what it might look like for you, we all face this struggle to disobey and do what we want instead of what God has commanded. And if we are honest with ourselves, we often give in to these temptations and let what we want win over what God has commanded...and it often gets us into trouble or a bad situation. Well, the psalmist gives us some advice on how to battle against temptations and follow God’s commands instead. 
The psalmist tells us that the best way to keep our hearts pure and away from sin is to hide and store up God’s Word in our hearts. This means we must start by opening our Bible’s and reading them. However, we aren’t supposed to simply read the Bible and then forget it, but we are to study it and meditate on it and pray to the Holy Spirit for wisdom to for Him to teach us His ways. When we do these things and begin to “hide” God’s Word in our hearts, we are then able to see more clearly the wickedness of our sin and see the goodness of God’s ways. Then God’s desires start to become our desires, and we have the strength to resist sinful temptations. 
So, while we are stuck at home and have more free time, let’s all spend more time in God’s Word (myself included). We often say we don’t have enough time to study our Bible’s more...well now we have that time, so let us all take advantage of that!  

In Christ, 
Billy Pierce


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