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The Bible – Don’t Just Visit It, Live in It

I love to read. I used to easily read 4-5 books a week. Most of which were filled with mindless escape, passion, and puzzling ‘who done it’ plots. There’s a wonder and mystery contained in books that have the ability to take us to different places, meet different people and go on a journey all between page one til “the end”.

I don’t read that many books in a week any longer and while I’ve become more selective in my reading material, I still love a good adventure and engulfing plot.

To date, I haven’t found a book that offers all of it quite like the Bible. While the Bible reads like a well-written novel with adventure, love, war, betrayal, forgiveness, and a hero with an enemy, ultimately, it is a true account of the fall of man, how evil came to be, and the Savior who overcomes it. The wonder and beauty of it is that Scripture takes us on a journey. It is meant to be read in its entirety, enjoyed, studied, learned from, and applied to our lives.

It tells us how Eve and Adam didn’t trust God completely, how they fell for temptation, how in the very beginning of time, even with clear instruction, humans chose poorly.

It tells us how Satan started his reign on earth, and how even though this would be allowed for a period of time, it does not go on forever.

It tells us how God offers to save us, in spite of ourselves and because of His deep love for us, through the life, death, and resurrection of his only son. If only we turn away (repent) from our poor choices (sin).

It tells us we have a choice in choosing to follow Jesus or not, this is free will. God wants us to choose Him but as a gentleman won’t force us to do so.

This wonderful book is filled with instruction and wisdom that He provided. It tells us how the chaos of this world and the fickleness and failings of humans is temporary and the end, heaven, is better than we can fathom. A non-fiction book that offers us hope.

Where we get ourselves into trouble is by not applying what we read, not believing the Bible is real or that only parts of it matter.

Our biggest challenges in living the beautiful book of the Bible…

  • We read scripture and discard the ones that make us uncomfortable with our behavior or our actions.

Psalm 119:160

“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

Revelation 22:18-19

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this scroll.”

  • We allow current culture to dictate our point of view.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound teaching but having itching ears will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

  • We don’t trust God.

Revelation 22:6

“The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

Psalm 118:8

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”

  • We mislead ourselves into thinking we know best or know all the facts (the big picture).

Proverbs 15:3

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

Hebrews 4:13

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

  • We ignore who God is and His promises.

James 1:13

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”

Romans 16:20

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

Dear God, thank you for the Bible, for leaving all the generations a book of instruction and wisdom. Lord, if I am passionate about anything let it be my faith in You and my loyalty to You. You always know every person’s heart and motive, may I constantly remember You see me and know me, that I am accountable to You. Lord when doubt comes, help me trust that You have a strategic, best timed out plan that benefits those who chose You for you are trustworthy. Lord, thank you for knowing exactly how the book ends and giving us a glimpse of it.

In Jesus Name. Amen.

This weeks playlist:

Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Prophesy Your Promise (Acoustic Video) – YouTube

Prophesy Your Promise

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Dante Bowe – joyful ft. Dante Bowe – YouTube

Joyful

Dante Bowe

Michael W. Smith – Surrounded (Fight My Battles) – YouTube

Surrounded

Michael W. Smith

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  • Shahla Wright

    I’m a faith-filled believer in Jesus Christ. I’ve personally experienced his mercy and truth and want to encourage others to have a relationship with Him. My husband Albert and I are empty nesters with two adult children. My heart is happiest on our back patio, enjoying quality time with family, relaxing in the sunshine, and appreciating beautiful flowers. I love the Lord and hope at the end of the race, I hear, “Well done, daughter”.

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I’m a faith-filled believer in Jesus Christ. I’ve personally experienced his mercy and truth and want to encourage others to have a relationship with Him. My husband Albert and I are empty nesters with two adult children. My heart is happiest on our back patio, enjoying quality time with family, relaxing in the sunshine, and appreciating beautiful flowers. I love the Lord and hope at the end of the race, I hear, “Well done, daughter”.

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