Do you believe that everything we need to know is found in the bible?
At one time my answer would be “no, how could it?”. But now, I would answer differently. I believe the bible should be our first source. Basically the bible should be like Google to those who aim to follow Christ.
Now with this answer I must admit until about five years ago I had very limited experience with my bible. I had one. My grandmother bought me one with my name on the front. Man…I loved that bible. But I somehow lost it with moving about as a teen.
Until five years ago, or so, I had only read a few passages. I knew a few popular scriptures. I was a Bible Drill Champion. But I had not actually spent time reading the bible for myself.
It all actually began after I joined a bible study. I found myself studying the bible almost daily. As I studied I began to wonder about people, passages, stories outside the ones selected by the study.
From there I would hurry to finish my study and spent the rest of my time reading whatever passage caught my attention. It was amazing. Especially seeing passages I loved as a child with adult eyes and adult experiences.
But it all sort of “super-sized” one year when I decided to read the bible in 90 days. That decision changed my life.
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center”]…I had not actually spent time reading the bible for myself.[/pullquote3]
Life is complex.
Life is complicated. But I am learning most of this complexity is due to my failure to subject myself to God’s way versus Dana’s way.
Dana’s Way is usually self focused. The path of least resistance. A life driven by feelings. And probably more frequently than I’d like to admit, it is based on my truth (which, really isn’t true…but I’ll have to cross that bridge at a later date).
Of course, this is very cursory. I have my good days and I have my bad days. I am human (another topic for later probing). But the further I am away from being Christ centered the more these self-focused, feelings-driven days seem to occur.
God’s Way is Christ focused. A narrow path based on love and servanthood. A life driven by faith based on truth. I pause to include God’s truth because truth is truth. This too is simplifying it. But for this post we understand that one source of the truth is from the bible—the Word of God.
For believers it is one of the most authoritative sources of truth because it is God’s way of communicating with us. It guides us into understanding how we are to be in relationship with God and live this life simultaneously. It is a filter in which we process our hopes, dreams, fears, desires, decisions, questions, and our doubts.
It is the truth of God in written form.
How often do you filter our challenges through the truth found in the Word of God?
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center”]It is a filter in which we process our hopes, dreams, fears, desires, decisions, questions, and our doubts.[/pullquote3]
Complexity crave answers.
I love to read. I could probably spend an eternity researching. I find it fascinating to learn. But the time spent with your bible is much more than being inquisitive. It is about gaining godly wisdom.
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and
do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
In my last post I shared my current status in life. My desire to address life’s questions with Christ-centered answers have taken me back to my school days. I feel like I am a student again.
And as I look at my bible I can’t help but to get excited because I know everything I need I have. I have God’s word. I have the Holy Spirit living inside me. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. But for all of this goodness to be fully activated in me I must seek the answers to my questions from Him.
What are some of your pressing questions? If you could sit at the feet of Christ and ask anything what would it be?
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center”]…I must seek the answers to my questions from Him.[/pullquote3]
Answers start with its your source.
Let’s say I wanted to learn all there is to know about you. I could ask your parents or siblings about your childhood. I could ask your friends from grade school or college. I could even ask your spouse or children. But in the end, I would gain the most insight into who you are from you.
I believe the bible is much like this example. The bible is a bridge between adapting to life’s situations (i.e., questions, trials, victories, etc) either my way (or for you, your way) or God’s way.
Now, don’t get me wrong I did not end the 90 days having read the entire bible AND knowing all there is to know. I did not “get it”—all of life’s answers, everything there is to know about God, every heart-tugging issues revealed—in 90 days.
That is not possible. At least, as far as I’m aware.
But what fun would life be if that were true. Life is all about discovering, the unfolding and revealing of life’s possibilities.
What is your go-to source for answering your tough questions?
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center”]Life is all about discovering, the unfolding and revealing of life’s possibilities.[/pullquote3]
What are you saying Dana?
I believe this is a great time to revisit reading the bible in 90 Days and I am inviting you to join me.
I cannot guarantee that we all will cross the line together having read the bible cover-to-cover in 90 days. But I can tell you this…if you give yourself to this task you will not be the same.
I believe that any man or woman who truly has an encounter with Jesus and the Gospel you can’t help but be forever changed.
I also believe reading the bible opens our minds and hearts to having such an encounter.
Should you decide to join me I believe reading the bible can helps in these ways as well:
- Revised perspective. Having focused time reading your bible will help you see your life differently. You will find that your perspective will shift.
- Renewed thinking. As we read our perspective shifts, which changes how we think. It helps us to see ourselves as God see us. We begin to see our actions, as God see them. We begin to see our sin, need for a savior, the example lived by our redeemer, and God’s plan of His children unfold.
- Resolved life. As the pages turn, and you move from Genesis, the Old Testament, the Gospels, the New Testament through Revelation. You will have an encounter with God. What you do with it is a personal matter. However, I believe you will walk away with a resolved life. Resolved to live life in accordance to the Word of God and His plans. Because our purpose is found, nurtured and resides in Him.
That’s it my friends. My walk down memory lane was shared to extend an invitation to you. Pray about whether you should join us for this session. Feel free to share this post with others.
A small group of women have expressed an interest in joining me from June 1, 2015 to August 30, 2015 as we read the bible together. Are you interested? If so, submit your interest HERE.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
Let’s start at the beginning and see where this journey takes us…