“Seek the LORD while He may be found.” Isaiah 55:6
Have you ever wondered if time alone with God actually makes a difference?
Many people ask me questions like these:
“What makes you so full of joy and energy?” or “How do you maintain your passion for your faith?”
I could answer those questions with loaded explanations and stories of how God is working and moving on a daily basis in my life but the bottom line is this:
“Every day I spend time reading the Word of God and praying.”
Then I usually receive one the following four responses from someone:
1.“Oh I wish I was more disciplined in my time with God but I just can’t get it together. I guess I’m a little too busy.”
2.“I’m glad that works for you but I just don’t get anything out of reading the Bible. It doesn’t seem relevant or applicable to my life. “
3.“I don’t like to read so that won’t work for me.”
4.“I read the Bible and I pray too, but I don’t get passionate or jazzed like you do. I just don’t get it?”
Do you think the Bible is boring? Do you think it is irrelevant? Do you wonder if it is the truth?
If you are wondering the same questions, you are not alone. Many people are thinking the same thing.
God’s enemy the devil is alive and active and doesn’t want you or anyone else to read the Bible or seeking God. The only way to really know God is to read His Word and begin to understand His love for you. Therefore, the devil will do everything he can to distract you, deceive you and destroy you (John 10:10) so you will not get to know God. The devil knows that from the moment you begin to read the Word of God and get to know Him and His love for you, he will begin to lose you (Hebrews 4:12) to heaven and God’s ways.
Here is the truth and I am a witness and human testimony of the facts:
God’s Word is True. (Psalm 33:4-5, 2 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus Christ is Truth. (John 14:6)
God’s Word will change your life. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
People today just can’t see themselves reading the Bible or becoming one of those kind of Christians. But the good news is you don’t have to stay there. You can change your thinking today and I am praying you will.
I want to encourage you to be honest with yourself and with God. Take a moment and pray to God. Tell Him how you feel about life and then ask Him to change things. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to bring the Scriptures alive and fresh to your mind and heart as you read them. I have learned from experience if you ask with a true and honest heart, God’s Word will impact your life. (Isaiah 55:11)
May I suggest your start by reading 4 pages from the Old Testament and 4 pages from the New Testament? Add one Psalm and one Proverb to the list and you will receive insight and wisdom for your day. The Bible has all the answers you need. If you are searching for a good Study Bible I recommend the Life Application Study Bible NIV to get you started.
2 Corinthians 5: 16-17 (MSG)
“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life begins!