What Happens When I Read My Bible

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  
— Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
I have been following Jesus for a long time now. Giving my life to Christ has been the best decision of my life. Like you, I have had my ups and downs. There have been times when I have felt like I was really close to Jesus and there have been times where I felt like he was a million miles away.  I have had to learn to not let my “feelings” dictate my relationship with God.  Like the old saying goes, “You can’t help how you feel, but you can help what you do with those feelings”.

What has helped me tremendously is the consistent reading of God’s word. The practice of daily diving into the Bible has transformed my life on so many levels. Let me share with you today a few things that reading the Word does for me, and I believe will do for you as well.

Reading the Bible brings me clarity.
Diving into God’s word helps to clarify the thoughts and attitudes of your heart. As Hebrews says, God’s word,  “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Reading the Bible increases my joy.
The more I examine the scriptures and allow them to examine my heart, the more of the joy of the Lord I possess. Psalm 119:111 “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.”  During this crazy time who doesn’t want to experience more joy?

Reading the Bible helps me stand firm against whatever I will face.
Ephesians 6:10-17 (NLT) “10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God—If we are not currently forced to confront evil, we soon will be. The only way to be ready is to prepare now by having the “belt of truth buckled around your waist” (v. 14).
I love that passage. We are more than conquerors in Christ and the Bible gives us the assurance that with Christ we can stand firm!

Reading the Bible brings me hope!
Romans 15:4 (NLT) “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”  When I read the Bible I am quickly reminded of all the great men and women of God who have gone before me. The ones who have experienced the grace, help, love and hope that comes from being a child of God! I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever -- and that gives me an incredible amount of hope for today!

These are just a few of the blessings I receive when I read my Bible, but I don’t read my Bible just to “get”; I read my Bible because I love Jesus.  I love what John 14:23 (NLT) says, Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” My heart for you today is that you will discover the value of taking just a few minutes each day to dive into God’s Word.  God is still speaking, are you listening?

Have a great week,
Pastor Wes
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