What do you believe? Do you believe what you see? Do you believe in scientific findings? Do you believe what the bible says? All of it?
I smile as I ponder those questions. I grew up in a Christian home. I’ve always known about God. I’ve always known about Jesus. I’ve always known there’s a Holy Ghost. What the Ghost’s purpose was, I wasn’t sure... I just hoped it wouldn't ever “spook” me.
Listen to the music the Lord gave me about scripture. The chords repeat after the first few bars. The different textures in the repetition represent the different revelations our Lord gives us each time we read the same passages over and over. After you listen, I'll continue on this thought.
The Lord gave me this music to play, and is yours to bless your ears and heart.
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I've spent most of my life going to church with the thought that I was getting enough bible time hearing the sermons... there was usually a scripture read, quoted and talked about during the message. I felt if I spent time in a bible study, I wouldn’t be able to do the other things I needed to do. I saw what happened to those that were in bible study. They spent a lot of time studying, they organized various drives to help the poor, and they spent a lot of time in committees and meetings at church. That didn’t sound very exciting to me. I wanted to enjoy my sports, my hobbies, my work and my family.
I also didn’t believe everything in the bible was true. I mean, really... a woman being made from a man’s rib? The WHOLE earth under water? People walking unscathed through fire? After reading various novels, I even decided there wasn’t a satan or a hell. That those entities happened in our souls, and in our surroundings. I was really confused about what the Holy Ghost, or Spirit was, and I didn’t feel comfortable talking about Jesus... I didn’t want to offend anyone who might be a different faith. Truth was, I didn’t feel comfortable talking about Jesus even to fellow Christians.
After joining into my first bible study with a diverse group of women, I realized how much I didn’t know about the bible. I realized how hungry I was to know more about the bible. I realized and felt the love flow from each person in my bible study as we learned God’s word together, living life together.
Since that first bible study, I’ve joined a second, and read 3 to 4 daily devotionals each day. I’ve learned and witnessed the power of God’s written word. I’ve learned that God tells us His words are Truth. I am constantly amazed at how the different studies weave the same ideas & principles together, as if each of these authors sat down and had a meeting on what to write that day, or for that week. Of course that’s ridiculous, since some of these studies were written years ago. Our gracious Savior weaves a very fine cloth of life for us, if we let Him. Bringing lessons to train us, to edify us, for such a time as this.
If we are to dismiss any part of the bible, then we dismiss all of it. We can’t pick and choose what we will believe and what we won’t believe in the bible. God tells us the bible is His Word, His Truth.
Through reading and studying this Truth, I’ve discovered a very patient, loving Father, who wants more than anything to be our one and only God. He is not a God who loves to bring judgement upon us. I’ve discovered who Jesus is and has been, from the very beginning of time. I’ve discovered and learned who the Holy Spirit is. I’ve discovered how our God uses each of these “entities” to enrich and connect with us. We were created in His likeness... we have a soul (relating to God, or Father, as the soul of the great “I AM”), we have a physical presence (Jesus is the word made flesh) and we have a spirit (the Holy Spirit is this part in God). I cherish the deepened relationship that has come from my getting to know our Lord. AND, I’ve been so moved by His grace, His boundless Love, that I can finally talk about our Jesus without stumbling. He’s someone I’d love for you to know better!
Am I bored with all my studies? Am I involved in boring committee meetings? NO! Our Lord has given me a very exciting life. The passions and talents He gave me early on have blossomed and flourished as I draw closer to Him. I'm doing things I never would have dreamed of doing. He's even given me some unexpected passions!
Until next time...
As you venture into this next week, I bless you to have an ever growing hunger and thirst to know Jesus and His Truth as it pertains to your life. I bless you to be bold and courageous in sharing our Savior with others, and to seek Him out through devotionals or bible study. I bless you to know our Lord as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace... who has the government on His shoulders (from Isaiah 9:6b-7a). I bless you in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Pray these scriptures to bless you and others. A hunger for our Lord will grow in your heart from speaking these over your life and the lives of others.
2 Timothy 3:16
John 3:12 (Complete Jewish Bible)-Jesus speaking
Psalm 40:1-5 (The Message), A David Psalm
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