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THE WORD OF GOD - FILLING THE SILENCE

 



Job could not find God. And it's not like he didn't try. The thing is, sometimes it's a part of God's plan for Him to be silent for a while. Sometimes He steps back. He'd never do it without good reason (and it's frustrating when we don't know the reason), but sometimes it's necessary.



One question that comes up during this type of silence, is 'How do I fill it?' If you can't feel or find God, how do you fill your life with Him? Well, luckily, or actually by design, His words are always around. You guessed it...on paper...in the Bible.



Even if you don't feel bird-sized-butterflies in your stomach while you're reading it, the Bible's still speaking directly into your life. That's what it's there for. Job didn't feel the presence of God for ages, but could still confidently say 'I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread' (Job 23:11-12 NIV). He still loved the words of God that were available to him, even when God wasn't speaking to him in any other way. And that's what kept him going. That's what kept his life right when he couldn't hear God in any other way.



 



So what now? Make a new note on your phone, called 'My Savings Account'. Type out (not copy and paste, the act of typing is a good memory builder) three of your favourite Bible verses - check back on them when you feel God's silence.

Soulfood : Col 1-2, Lk 20:41-47, Ps 78:1-8, Prov 23:19-21

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THE WORD OF GOD - FILLING THE SILENCE

 



Job could not find God. And it's not like he didn't try. The thing is, sometimes it's a part of God's plan for Him to be silent for a while. Sometimes He steps back. He'd never do it without good reason (and it's frustrating when we don't know the reason), but sometimes it's necessary.



One question that comes up during this type of silence, is 'How do I fill it?' If you can't feel or find God, how do you fill your life with Him? Well, luckily, or actually by design, His words are always around. You guessed it...on paper...in the Bible.



Even if you don't feel bird-sized-butterflies in your stomach while you're reading it, the Bible's still speaking directly into your life. That's what it's there for. Job didn't feel the presence of God for ages, but could still confidently say 'I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread' (Job 23:11-12 NIV). He still loved the words of God that were available to him, even when God wasn't speaking to him in any other way. And that's what kept him going. That's what kept his life right when he couldn't hear God in any other way.



 



So what now? Make a new note on your phone, called 'My Savings Account'. Type out (not copy and paste, the act of typing is a good memory builder) three of your favourite Bible verses - check back on them when you feel God's silence.

Soulfood : Col 1-2, Lk 20:41-47, Ps 78:1-8, Prov 23:19-21

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THE WORD OF GOD - WORDS OF LIFE, FOR LIFE

 



Jesus said, 'The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life' (John 6:63 NIV). Obviously, the Bible wasn't around when He said that; He was talking about His own, out-loud words. But, those words that He spoke out then have become part of the Bible as we know it. And, just like Jesus' spoken words when He was on earth, the rest of the Bible is made up of words that have been spoken by God over time. And those words remain full of God. The potency and power of the recorded words to change your life is still in them, waiting for you to discover.



Sometimes though, reading these massively important and life-changing words just doesn't quite happen: too much effort needed; not enough time; simple forgetfulness. Sometimes it's hard to know how to use the Bible as a practical tool. We think we can help.



Over the next few days, we're going to have a good dig into what the Bible is and how to use it. Whether you're well up on your God-study, or you struggle to remember where you even keep your Bible, we think there'll be some really useful tips to help you. The Bible really is great, but it's always worth taking some time to remind ourselves of the why's and how's of this greatness.



 



So what now? Think about your Bible-reading habit. What aspects of it would you like to improve or change? Hopefully you can get some help with this in the next few days.

Soulfood : Josh 22-24, Lk 20:27-40, Ps 27, Prov 23:16-18

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THE WORD OF GOD - WORDS OF LIFE, FOR LIFE

 



Jesus said, 'The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life' (John 6:63 NIV). Obviously, the Bible wasn't around when He said that; He was talking about His own, out-loud words. But, those words that He spoke out then have become part of the Bible as we know it. And, just like Jesus' spoken words when He was on earth, the rest of the Bible is made up of words that have been spoken by God over time. And those words remain full of God. The potency and power of the recorded words to change your life is still in them, waiting for you to discover.



Sometimes though, reading these massively important and life-changing words just doesn't quite happen: too much effort needed; not enough time; simple forgetfulness. Sometimes it's hard to know how to use the Bible as a practical tool. We think we can help.



Over the next few days, we're going to have a good dig into what the Bible is and how to use it. Whether you're well up on your God-study, or you struggle to remember where you even keep your Bible, we think there'll be some really useful tips to help you. The Bible really is great, but it's always worth taking some time to remind ourselves of the why's and how's of this greatness.



 



So what now? Think about your Bible-reading habit. What aspects of it would you like to improve or change? Hopefully you can get some help with this in the next few days.

Soulfood : Josh 22-24, Lk 20:27-40, Ps 27, Prov 23:16-18

Read more...

THE WORD OF GOD - WORDS OF LIFE, FOR LIFE

 



Jesus said, 'The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life' (John 6:63 NIV). Obviously, the Bible wasn't around when He said that; He was talking about His own, out-loud words. But, those words that He spoke out then have become part of the Bible as we know it. And, just like Jesus' spoken words when He was on earth, the rest of the Bible is made up of words that have been spoken by God over time. And those words remain full of God. The potency and power of the recorded words to change your life is still in them, waiting for you to discover.



Sometimes though, reading these massively important and life-changing words just doesn't quite happen: too much effort needed; not enough time; simple forgetfulness. Sometimes it's hard to know how to use the Bible as a practical tool. We think we can help.



Over the next few days, we're going to have a good dig into what the Bible is and how to use it. Whether you're well up on your God-study, or you struggle to remember where you even keep your Bible, we think there'll be some really useful tips to help you. The Bible really is great, but it's always worth taking some time to remind ourselves of the why's and how's of this greatness.



 



So what now? Think about your Bible-reading habit. What aspects of it would you like to improve or change? Hopefully you can get some help with this in the next few days.

Soulfood : Josh 22-24, Lk 20:27-40, Ps 27, Prov 23:16-18

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SEE THE GRACE, NOT THE SIN

 



When it comes to any of our 'relationships' with others (any friendships, siblings, colleagues you kind-of-don't-want-to-but-kind-of-have-to be sat next to, marriage, parents), there's a simple acid-test we should be checking. Ready? Here it is: 'Am I going in the right direction?' Nice sat-navving, but what does that mean for navigating a world populated with friends and strangers? Well, all our thoughts, plans and decisions are either heading in our own direction, or away from ourselves and to God's direction. And God's direction is always towards the wellbeing of the other person. Guess it's kind of obvious.



We all have relationships we wish we could handle better: what about when they just keep getting it wrong, and we have to get all defensive? Or when they're so full of gossip that's it's impossible not to join in (and maybe backchat about them too)? Or when both people have messed up, but the easiest thing to do is just pass the blame on? Hmm.



When we take the trouble to bring about the best for the other person, and not to focus on their problems or mistakes, we're doing it right. Joseph Phillips said, 'Any idiot can point out sin. It takes "eyes that see" to see the rhythms of grace at work in a person.'



 



So what now? Think about those relationships that need fine-tuning or a better perspective - look past the hindrances to the grace that God has extended into those people and your relationship with them.

Soulfood : Josh 19:24-21:45, Lk 20:20-26, Ps 112, Prov 23:13-15

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SEE THE GRACE, NOT THE SIN

 



When it comes to any of our 'relationships' with others (any friendships, siblings, colleagues you kind-of-don't-want-to-but-kind-of-have-to be sat next to, marriage, parents), there's a simple acid-test we should be checking. Ready? Here it is: 'Am I going in the right direction?' Nice sat-navving, but what does that mean for navigating a world populated with friends and strangers? Well, all our thoughts, plans and decisions are either heading in our own direction, or away from ourselves and to God's direction. And God's direction is always towards the wellbeing of the other person. Guess it's kind of obvious.



We all have relationships we wish we could handle better: what about when they just keep getting it wrong, and we have to get all defensive? Or when they're so full of gossip that's it's impossible not to join in (and maybe backchat about them too)? Or when both people have messed up, but the easiest thing to do is just pass the blame on? Hmm.



When we take the trouble to bring about the best for the other person, and not to focus on their problems or mistakes, we're doing it right. Joseph Phillips said, 'Any idiot can point out sin. It takes "eyes that see" to see the rhythms of grace at work in a person.'



 



So what now? Think about those relationships that need fine-tuning or a better perspective - look past the hindrances to the grace that God has extended into those people and your relationship with them.

Soulfood : Josh 19:24-21:45, Lk 20:20-26, Ps 112, Prov 23:13-15

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