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THE WORD OF GOD - MAKING IT PART OF LIFE

 



So, now we've started on our daily plan, what now? What do we do with what we read?



Have a quick look at 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14. It explains a sort of folding-out effect from getting close to God's words - starting with hearing or reading them, ending in living them out. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 lays out the in-between steps that make living the Bible possible. And they're pretty interesting:



(1) 'You received the word of God...' - that's the reading, the listening. There's no way around it. Read your Bible. (2) 'You accepted it not as a human word, but as... the word of God' - this is about recognising the value and authority of those words of God. It's so important to remember that the Bible is a Spirit-infused letter, full of God's authority and knowledge. (3) 'Which is indeed at work in you who believe' - all of that Spirit, authority and knowledge of God that's in the Bible... well, it's 'at work in you who believe'. If you read God's words and acknowledge the power of them, that power starts to work as part of your life.



Then, after the reading, the accepting, and the having-it-work-in-you, comes the action. And it comes very naturally. Once you're changed on the inside, the choice to 'live it out' should be an easy one. You'll learn the best way to act from your Bible (Jesus is a bit of a good example for that), and find yourself more ready to follow it.



 



So what now? Got some favourite verses? Go back to them and use the three-step process from today's reading. See something in the words that you haven't seen before?

Soulfood : Neh 1-4, Lk 21:12-24, Ps 78:17-31, Prov 23:26-28

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THE WORD OF GOD - MAKING THAT CHOICE

 



Let's face it. We don't always feel like reading the Bible. It's all well and good to be told to 'crave pure spiritual milk' like that, but craving isn't a choice, is it?



Not exactly. But you can make the choice to practice yourself towards a place where it'll happen naturally. 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV) mentions the need to get rid of 'all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind' before craving spiritual milk. What Peter is saying is that it is not possible to get to a place of true, honest desperation for Godly growth whilst having a heart full of negative emotions. Hmm, curious, that...



Also, 1 Peter 2:3 explains that craving good-God-things comes from having 'tasted that the Lord is good'. You have to 'taste' your Bible (read it a bit) and notice the positive effects, before you can start to crave chowing down on it regularly. The first step towards that is to commit to a routine. To make the decision to read a bit of Bible every day. The second step is to actually do it. Even when you really don't want to. Especially when you really don't want to. And if you miss a day or two (or a week), pick it up again anyway from that day. Keep going. Then, after a while, you'll find that it becomes a part of your day that you look forward to.



 



So what now? Get started then! Plan when you'll spend time reading the Bible today, then actually do it. Or if you're already managing it, think how you could encourage a friend to get into a Bible routine.

Soulfood : Col 3-4, Philem, Lk 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25

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THE WORD OF GOD - MAKING THAT CHOICE

 



Let's face it. We don't always feel like reading the Bible. It's all well and good to be told to 'crave pure spiritual milk' like that, but craving isn't a choice, is it?



Not exactly. But you can make the choice to practice yourself towards a place where it'll happen naturally. 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV) mentions the need to get rid of 'all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind' before craving spiritual milk. What Peter is saying is that it is not possible to get to a place of true, honest desperation for Godly growth whilst having a heart full of negative emotions. Hmm, curious, that...



Also, 1 Peter 2:3 explains that craving good-God-things comes from having 'tasted that the Lord is good'. You have to 'taste' your Bible (read it a bit) and notice the positive effects, before you can start to crave chowing down on it regularly. The first step towards that is to commit to a routine. To make the decision to read a bit of Bible every day. The second step is to actually do it. Even when you really don't want to. Especially when you really don't want to. And if you miss a day or two (or a week), pick it up again anyway from that day. Keep going. Then, after a while, you'll find that it becomes a part of your day that you look forward to.



 



So what now? Get started then! Plan when you'll spend time reading the Bible today, then actually do it. Or if you're already managing it, think how you could encourage a friend to get into a Bible routine.

Soulfood : Col 3-4, Philem, Lk 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25

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THE WORD OF GOD - MAKING THAT CHOICE

 



Let's face it. We don't always feel like reading the Bible. It's all well and good to be told to 'crave pure spiritual milk' like that, but craving isn't a choice, is it?



Not exactly. But you can make the choice to practice yourself towards a place where it'll happen naturally. 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV) mentions the need to get rid of 'all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind' before craving spiritual milk. What Peter is saying is that it is not possible to get to a place of true, honest desperation for Godly growth whilst having a heart full of negative emotions. Hmm, curious, that...



Also, 1 Peter 2:3 explains that craving good-God-things comes from having 'tasted that the Lord is good'. You have to 'taste' your Bible (read it a bit) and notice the positive effects, before you can start to crave chowing down on it regularly. The first step towards that is to commit to a routine. To make the decision to read a bit of Bible every day. The second step is to actually do it. Even when you really don't want to. Especially when you really don't want to. And if you miss a day or two (or a week), pick it up again anyway from that day. Keep going. Then, after a while, you'll find that it becomes a part of your day that you look forward to.



 



So what now? Get started then! Plan when you'll spend time reading the Bible today, then actually do it. Or if you're already managing it, think how you could encourage a friend to get into a Bible routine.

Soulfood : Col 3-4, Philem, Lk 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25

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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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