Monday, May 28, 2012

The Bible

I'm not a big fan of posting pictures of myself on the blog, but the one above I really like.  It's me reading the Bible and sharing from God's word.  I've really gained a love for the Bible.  It's a love that's been born out of spending time in it.  You can't really love someone if you don't spend time with them.  I believe it's the same of the Bible.  You can't really love it if you're not spending time in it.  And, what I've found is the more time I spend in it, the more I love spending time in it.  It's cool how God seems to work like that.

Yesterday I did a short study on Psalm 119.  Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible and is, ironically enough, all about God's word!  It's a psalm on the beauty of God's word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in our relationship with Him.  The short study I did was simply this ... I looked at Psalm 119 and underlined every way that God's word was described in the chapter.  Here are just a few of the descriptions I found from the Message paraphrase of Psalm 119:

  • The road revealed by God
  • His directions
  • The right way to live
  • The map of Your word
  • Road signs
  • Your promises
  • Morsel of wisdom
  • Your sayings on life
  • Your clear revelation
  • Words of wisdom
  • Your commandments
  • Your counsel
  • The trail You blazed
  • Your textbook
  • Truth from Your mouth
  • The advice You gave me
  • Your wise guidance
  • A miracle word
  • Your finest sayings
  • A beam of light
  • Your dictionary
  • The directions You gave
There were many, many more ... but as I read each one over and over again, I was struck by how the Creator of life wants us to know Him and His plan for our lives.  He doesn't leave us in the dark.  He wants to set us up for success ... success being becoming more like Jesus and embracing His way of life.  The way to do that is to spend time with Him.  We are always looking for short cuts, but when it comes to knowing God more, there aren't any. You pray.  You read the Bible.  You HAVE to do those things. Those things lead us to knowing God.  Knowing God leads us to trusting God.  Trusting God leads us to obeying God.  It's not enough just to know (to fill our heads with Bible knowledge).  Know should always lead to Grow.  Grow should always lead to Go.

If you're a follower of Jesus you have the very Spirit of God living in your life.  When you combine the Spirit of God with the words of God (the Bible) ... well, that's a winning combination.  If you haven't spent time with God lately, let me just say ... He misses you.  He'd love to hear from you again and would love for you to hear from Him again.  That only happens when you open up "His words of wisdom ... His wise guidance ... the truth from His mouth."

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