Thursday, August 20, 2015

study the Word of God

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Living a care free life is something most people want, but living a life without purpose and direction is a bad deal.  That is why God calls us to know His word and to follow it.

God has not given us a list of rules to live by.  The Bible is a roadmap or sorts, and by studying it great things and great lives and making a difference happen.  But all that happens with purpose and the plan of God.  We will not be ashamed when the Word of God has us and when we treasure the word of God.

God gives us some ways to let the Bible, God’s word, to penetrate deeper in to our lives.  Here are some of those words…

Joshua 1:8  NLT
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Spend time in the Bible.  Meditate on it.  In other words think about it often that leads to success.

Ezra 7:10  NLT
This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

Determine what you will do.  In other words make a plan, set your course and go that direction no matter what.

I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.

Similar to meditating on the Bible is reflecting.  This might be a bit more like making sure that every day life’s situations reflect our time in the Bible to literally reflect God.  But if we don’t know what the Bible says or what God looks like we can not reflect him.

Acts 26:24  NLT
Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”

Many people do not understand the Bible or do not understand why we spend time in the Bible.  For as long as the earth has been around people have looked at the followers of God and made fun of them. 

Often people think and say you are crazy when you live for someone other than yourself.  My study of the Bible leads me to confess that life is not about me.  Life is about seeking God and serving others.  That is where I find my purpose. 

Like the old saying of “garbage in and garbage out” is the truth of put “purpose in and get purpose out”.  Invest in truth from God’s word and you will get God’s truth woven in to your life and family and all you do.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

May the Word of God take hold of us as we hold tight to the Word!

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