So, did you think about having a mentor? Did ya choose one? I must admit that I have not yet. It was a very stressful day here in B Manor. We have some tough choices to make and, sadly, we are letting the situation make us grumbly. Not so much with each other, but at the world in general. We need a serious word from God ...
Which leads me to today's topic.
(Ummm, does anyone else hear Amy Grant singing in their head?)
Some people find the Bible to be a confusing puzzle. It is big and deep and hard to understand and apply. They do not even know where to begin! But, as Christians, we are given the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He helps us to know where to begin, to comprehend the words and to apply it to our lives.
There is so much wisdom in the words of the Book. So much to teach, lead and grow us within it's pages. But, before it can do any of the things that it was created to do, we must commit to letting it in to our hearts. Here are a few ways to start:
Be In It - If you do not do so already, may I suggest that you establish a routine of daily Bible readings. You can start in Proverbs - there are 31 Proverbs, one for every day of even the longest month! Or, if you want to read story style, you can start in Genesis - there are some pretty cool stories there - Creation, Adam & Eve, Noah, etc... Or, you can start with the Gospels - John is usually recommended as the easiest to read. Or, you can start with something like Romans or Hebrews that have great lessons on faith and salvation in their texts. Whatever you do, do NOT start in Revelations. That is a hard one for even the most educated of Biblical scholars! Whatever you decide, just let God's word in! People who do, find a hunger for Truth. They also find that it effects their lives in amazing ways - they start looking at life in a new, eternal, light!
Stay Under It - The Bible IS deep, it can be challenging and confusing. This is why you need to be in a Bible believing church, where the word is expounded upon, explained and taught in life applicable ways. Plus, the fellowship you can find in a Bible based church is unmatchable in it's Blessings!
Live It - Most books are written to be read and digested, but the Bible is meant to be lived. It's words have as much life today as they did when they were written. There are lessons to be applied in whatever place of life you may be in. No matter what your personal situation or issue, there is a lesson within the pages of the Bible to help you through! I promise, you will not be let down if you TRULY apply the words to your life!
Jesus talked about the difference between a house built on sand an one built on the rock. No matter how beautiful and fun the one on the sand is, it will be washed away. The sand cannot withstand the storms, it WILL be washed away. The rock however, is solid and strong. The Rock will hold up to any storm, and the house, built on it's foundation, will stand as well.
Our lives - and our marriages - are the same way. If we build them on something unstable and soft, they will give way. But if we build our lives and our homes on God's word and His ROCK SOLID promises, they will stand. His word is our firm foundation.
Every aspect of your life that you hand over to God's principles will grow stronger and will last. But any area - including your marriage - that you withhold from Him, choosing instead to try and "do it yourself", will grow weak and eventually crumble. Build your life, your home and your marriage on the Rock and you will withstand even the fiercest of storms!
Words, that I sooooo need to apply to a specific area in my own life right now!
I am praying for you! See ya tomorrow!