5. He gives us his Word to Live By.
I’m not the best at reading instruction manuals and often learn by trial and error. One day after having lunch with my son and his fiancé, he started the car with his key fob. “That’s handy,” I said. He replied, “You’ve got that same feature on your fob as well.” I’d had my car for two years but didn’t realize I could start it remotely, and that it wasn’t difficult to do. If I’d only read the owner’s manual, I might have embraced this technology sooner.
Out of His love, God also wants to make our life easier but we have to read His manual, the Bible. I just heard a testimony of a woman who did not open the Word of God until she was fifty because she thought it was a history book, and she hated history. It wasn’t until she faced a crisis that she delved into the Bible. That’s when she found the truth that Holy Scripture is “alive and active, sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible is God’s love letter to mankind. Throughout, it clearly shows His repeated attempts to reach His created ones, either directly, or through His son, Jesus. It also leads us to salvation, as God sacrificed His own Son to atone for our sins. If you study hard enough, you’ll find evidence of Christ throughout the Old and New Testaments.
The Bible’s words can give us peace and joy. There have been days where my own anxiety has attempted to set in, but I feel a calmness envelop my body when I read God’s Word.
God’s Word also help us with indecision. Every time I am at a crossroad in my life, I turn to the Bible for help. His Word is a “lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
When I open the Word of God every morning, I am expectant. I ask the Holy Spirit to show me something new about the Lord. When I am working on a message, I ask for applicable verses that will back up the points I am making. Currently, I am preparing for our Pearls of Promise Level-Up Women’s Conference on September 29th where I’m providing a “Battle Strategy” on how to fight every day battles. Lately, the Holy Spirit is faithfully pointing out passages that have to do with overcoming and fighting battles. The truths leap off the page so I dutifully write them down as my loving Father provides the encouragement He desires for His daughters.
How much time do you spend in the Word of God?
Reading the Bible is a discipline, but it’s a not a difficult routine to start. Just try to read for fifteen minutes in the morning, then stretch that to thirty. Ask God to speak to your heart. Before you know it, you might be so engrossed, you will lose track of time!
Maybe you are tired of stumbling through life and need the Divine Owner’s Manual. Out of your heavenly Father’s love for you, he provided His Word.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
We invite all of you to the annual “Level-Up” Women’s Conference September 29th at New Day Church in Southlake Texas. We’ll help you Level-up your identity in Christ, Level-up you warrior heart to fight everyday battles, and we will attempt to Level-down the wounds in your life. Currently we have a “Buy One, Get One Free promotion.” Just check out our events page and click on the link that leads you to Eventbrite. Type in the Promo Code: “Level Up.” http://pearlsofpromiseministries.com/events/