Why do you need to read your Bible?
by Janis Cox
“Listen to God.”
I’ve read that. I’ve tried that. But it wasn’t until I really believed it that it made a big difference. In order to listen to God I must read His Word. I can also listen to Him through sermons, devotionals, other people, and in the silence.
But the best messages I have received have been through His Word.
For the past while – I’m not even sure how long – I have run a linkup every weekend called Word of God Speak. Lately, I started to not enjoy putting up the link. I started to get stressed having to do it every weekend even when I went on holidays or had other things to do. And let’s face it – it is a very left brained job to do. I had to remember to set it up; to remember to send an email; to check if people linked up (pride?)
I remember when I first met Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience, she suggested that we not even put in a comment section because we should only be writing for God and if others read it – a bonus. But I didn’t go that way. I liked the comments. I liked feeling needed.
Now God has come along side me again and said – stop this. Don’t do the linkup any longer. Instead be free to follow where and what I (God) want you to do.
I did this. I stopped the linkup on December 31. Now I am free to write when He tells me and what He tells me. I thought it funny that in the past week I have gained 2 subscribers and had more views (yes I checked).
I also asked Him for a word this year. Last year my word was ABOUND from 2 Corinthians 9:8.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
This year I heard Him say FINISH and GO. There are many things that I need to finish and after that I know He will send me where He wants me to go. Read more on my New Year’s Blog post.
I love my morning reading time. I am now working through prayer scriptures. I use the SIMPLE Bible Study Method and then I journal a picture and my thoughts.
For 31 days I did Bible journaling and prayers advocating against human trafficking. This was an amazing time and God showed me that it is indeed in His Word that we should live. Here are some of the words that came out of those 31 days of scripture and prayer.
Proclaim, liberty, needy, poor, truth, freedom, humble, pray, forgive, heal, deliverance, lost sheep, dignified, subject to authority, justice, weak, fatherless, afflicted, destitute, do not fear, gift of God, spring of water, eternal life, set free, evil doers can’t hide, never avenge, trust, merciful, refuge, wicked, Father’s love, children of God, share bread, God – my rock, shield, led by the Spirit, created in the image of God, God sees all, Do good to all, don’t throw stones, overcome evil by good, seek the Lord with all my heart and soul.
Do those words stir your soul like they do mine?
And here are some of those journal pictures.
Are you reading and studying God’s Word? If not, what is your excuse? He will give you the time if you ask Him for it. I would love to hear from you – but I am not going to be distressed if you don’t comment because from now on I am doing this for Him.