I wake up in the morning and there is a Bible on the nightstand and a scripture verse on my dresser. There is a verse taped to the mirror in the bathroom. There is a framed verse in the living room. The doxology is hanging near the kitchen. I get to the office and there is yet another scripture verse in front of me. I don't know if any of you do this in your home or, to be a little more honest, have a spouse who does this for you around the home but this is a wonderful thing. The verses that currently surround me are:
"But He gives more grace..." James 4:6
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23
"The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore." Psalm121:8
"Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;" Joel 2:13
And periodically they change to different verses. It is so important today that we not only are in the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, reading and digesting what our God has to teach us but also surrounding ourselves with the Word of God and surround yourself with other believers as we do when we gather for worship. I probably don't need to tell you that the world wants nothing to do with God. Satan is alive and well working overtime to keep people out of the Word of God. He tries to convince us that we don't need God, we can do it ourselves much better. And as convincing as the devil is at times he is wrong! This is nothing new, it is the same old story that happened in the beginning with Adam and Eve.
And then we hear the familiar words that are spoken during the season of Easter, "Alleluia! Christ is risen!" and we all respond, "He is risen indeed, Alleluia! The devil did not defeat us. Jesus won the victory for us over sin, death, and the power of the devil! That is the Good News. Surround yourself in that Good News!