Tuesday, June 7, 2016

reasons for reading the Bible

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Each day I continue to use the YouVersion.com devotions to feed my spirit.  Yesterday was another great day, and thus I am sharing with you Day 17 of 30 of “Life on Mission”.  I pray this will encourage you as it did me…

I was speaking at a youth conference in Australia to about 50 youth. At one point, I asked them to all shout their name so I could hear them; all the kids screamed at once. The sound was chaotic. It rattled the windows and forced people to cover their ears. I couldn’t differentiate a single name. I then asked one girl to stand up in the back. On the count of three everyone else was to shout “Noise.” She was to shout her name. I counted to three and listened intently. Literally, through the noise, I heard her say Sharon. I heard her voice because I was intentional about disregarding the noise.

The point is this, there is so much noise in the world that when we really need to hear God, that isn’t the time to come up with a strategy. Spend time with God in the quiet. Learn the sound of his voice away from the chaos. Then, when you need to hear him, you will be better able to hone in on His voice and separate it from the noise.

Trying to explain what God’s voice sounds like is a real challenge. How do you explain the sound of being barreled in a wave while surfing? How about the sound of a beautiful sunrise? How do you explain the sound that an infant makes when they are happy? The best way to know what God sounds like is to read your Bible.

It is my conviction that God will never speak anything to you that conflicts with what scripture says. Thus, knowing what the Bible says is hugely important.

Ask God to help you store his word in your heart. Pray that he will remind you of the things you’ve read when needed.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  NLT
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

John 10:27  NLT
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

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