To Read, To Memorize

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People always wonder how to hear the Holy Spirit – to discern what is their own thought and what is God speaking to them. Obviously there is not an exact “take-home” formula for this, but there is at least one area where God has and can surely use to speak to His children: Scripture.

God can do anything, of course, but if we do not invest ourselves in His Word then the likelihood that Scripture is how we will hear Him speak does lessen, I think. Many times in our busy day-to-day lives it can seem like a tiresome task to sit down and put away everything else, to solely focus on Jesus and the Bible (I myself am guilty of this).

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At the beginning of this year, I started a chronological reading guide to the Bible. For someone who was struggling to make time to read the Scripture – and not just a devotion, and also likes structure/plans, this has proven to be a helpful tool to use.

If you’re like me, and have been struggling to make time to read the Bible, I would encourage you to either make up your own daily reading plan – perhaps a Psalm or Proverb’s a day – or Google one online to utilize.

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I remember a few years ago, when my computer was crashing. I was naturally upset because basically all of my Word documents were lost. And for a writer, that is one of the worst things that can happen.

At some point that day, I can’t remember when exactly, the v came into my mind:

(*part of Matthew 17:20*) “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Now, I had never memorized that verse before and that’s when I knew it was the Holy Spirit who was telling me that. Yes, I had briefly read it – once, maybe twice – but I had never committed it to memory.

God used that Scripture, that at some point in my life I had read, to encourage me. If I had never read it, would that still have occurred? It very well could have since the Holy Spirit does not have to depend on our knowledge to tell us things. But the point of me saying this, is to show the importance of reading Scripture.

Joshua 1:8 says, “you shall meditate on it [Bible] day and night,” and Psalm 1:2 echoes it, “on his law he meditates day and night.”

Let us all become more invested in the Word of God, so that as Psalm 1 says, we may become, “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.”

~ Southern Dreamer

Love Letter

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As I was looking through Pinterest one day, I saw the above quote. And it suddenly struck me on how true that is.

Being both a romantic and an avid reader, it is not uncommon for the thought to cross my mind oh I wish this character were real or I wonder what happens next. The amazing thing about the Bible, is that, in fact both of those thoughts are/can become reality.

The Bible is the truth. “We’ve got 25,000 to 30,000 handwritten copies of the New Testament,” remembers Lee Strobel in The Case For The Real Jesus, quoting Daniel B. Wallace who has a PH.D., “the average ancient Greek author has fewer than 20 copies of his works still in existence…If you stacked the works of other ancient writers on top of each other, they’d be about four feet tall. Stack up copies of the New Testament, and they’d reach more than a mile high.”

Characters written about in the Bible were real people who lived. The Scriptures are the recount of the redemption story of God wooing us to himself. It’s a love story written to us.

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It’s the story of betrayal, adoration, and joy. A tale where despite our rejecting him, the prince of peace continued to fight for us. To do anything so that we could once more be called “His.”

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What makes this even more incredible, is that He sacrificed everything – knowing that not all would love Him. He loved us before we ever did anything to deserve such. He continues to seek after us even now – even after we have sinned, not listened, and rejected him. The love of Jesus is one that is perfect, flawless. To us, He says:

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

“I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:5).

“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 8:35).

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~ Southern Dreamer

Resources:

The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel

Pinterest