Yesterday, I had an aww moment. The author said, “You can’t just read the Bible, but you have to believe it.” For a moment, I just stood still and allowed those words to soak in. If you asked me if I believe every word of the Bible, then I would, of course, say yes. However, when I read it I am not entirely sure that I read it with the faith that I need to understand it.
God uses the Bible to talk to us. If He was sitting in front of me and He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Then, I wouldn’t be afraid because I would trust Him to take care of me. However, when I am reading the Bible, I don’t always see it as God talking to me.
Sometimes my mind rejects God’s word. My mind doesn’t always believe that God will take care of me. My mind struggles to see how my problem can be resolved. Therefore, my mind reads the words and skips over the message behind the words.
But, what if, I actually took each word into my heart and believed it. Can you imagine how our lives would change?
We would do that thing that we’ve always wanted to do because we would believe that God could make it so.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
We would rejoice in tribulations because we would know that it ALL works to our own good.
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We would let out light shine so that we honor and glorify our Lord.
Matthew 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
From now on, this is how I want to read my Bible. I want to read it truly believing each word, as if God is speaking directly to me. I want to take God’s promises into my heart and allow them to nurture my soul. I want to read each word as if it was written just for me.
So often we stand in our own way because we don’t believe certain things apply to us. We think God has healing for others, but not for us. We believe that He gives others faith, but not us. And, so on. What we need to believe, however, is that our God has an abundance just for us. He loves us—individually. He wants a relationship with us. He has exactly what we need, and He will give it to us when we need it. We just need to ask Him.
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