God’s Word Gives Us Hope in the Good and the Bad

Have you ever struggled with spending time in God’s word? Your heart wants to but your head is fighting you with your ever growing to do list. Let me reassure you – you aren’t the only one.

I believe one reason so many of us struggle with spending time in God’s word is because we try to make sense of it through our own reasoning. Somehow leaving God out of the equation.What are we really trying to accomplish with that though?

The Bible is a great history book but it’s SO much more. God’s word is living and active.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any 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 (NIV)

Do you want to simply know about God or do you want to know God? His word shows us the heart of God. When we spend time letting Him lead us through the truths in the Bible we can fully pursue God.

Wait quietly before God

It can be far too easy to let our time in God’s word slip away with the busyness of our lives. Really, I get it. Yet it’s so important to understand how important it truly is so we can guard our time in God’s word well.

God’s word is sufficient for all our needs. Everything we could ever need for our lives can be found in His word.

God’s word is truth. There aren’t any errors in the His word and it can be trusted.

God’s word is full of His promises. We need to know these promises so we can claim them!

God’s word equips us to serve Him. It gives us all the guidance we will ever need to do His work.

So you see, it’s vital we protect our Bible study time. We are created with a God sized vacuum in us and nothing else will fill it.

Free, Online Bible Study

As a way to compliment your time in God’s word I’d love to tell you about a free, online Bible study my friend Sarah Koontz created. I was blessed to get to read through it early and am excited about how much value Sarah is offering her reader’s.

“The powerful promises of Psalm 119 teach us how to commune with God in the good times and the bad, revealing the critical role God’s word is to play in our day-to-day lives.” Sarah Koontz

Free Online Bible Study

Sarah has kept each devotional the perfect length for our busy lives while still being in depth enough for transformation.

EVERYONE WHO PRE-REGISTERS WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A BEAUTIFUL STUDY BIBLE (RETAIL VALUE $35), SO DON’T DELAY!

The study begins February 15th so get signed up right away. While you’re at it invite some friends as well.

I’d love to hear if you’ll be joining in on this study of Psalm 119. Let me know either in the comments or send me an email.

I’m praying we’ll each hunger and thirst for God’s word above everything else this week. Blessings friend!

 

Are You Ready to Persevere this Year?

I love words!

Words in general but mainly God’s word. That wasn’t always the case though. There were many years of running from God’s word as well as utter confusion over it.

As my faith grew I decided to pray for a hunger and thirst for God’s word. I asked for my heart and mind to receive clarity and take it all in. As usual, God is faithful and I love to dig into His word now.

At different times I will read “wide” and devour a lot of words at one time. Other times I really dig “deep” and meditate on a verse or even one word.

The word I keep coming back to as for this new year is “persevere”. God is calling me to follow through on what I’ve started. I’ve let fear and perfectionism stifle me for way too long. I want to follow through on the dreams God has planted in my heart.

Are You Ready to Persevere this Year? Continue on your course even in the face of difficulty!

Of course I want to steadfastly persist in my God given purpose. Don’t you? It doesn’t mean it’s easy and we will face obstacles and difficulties.

As I studied the word persevere I discovered one of the definitions of it in Greek is endurance.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 3-4 (NLT)

Problems help us develop endurance. Endurance helps us develop character!

The work God has set before each of us calls for endurance. We can’t operate in our own power to will this endurance into being. We can try but it’s exhausting! I speak from experience.

This kind of endurance only comes through connecting with the power Jesus has promised us.

So how do we do this in a practical way?

We know struggles and setbacks will come. We know how easy it is to get discouraged and lose hope when they do. So how do we fight off the discouragement?

There’s no need to overthink it or write out our pro’s and con’s list. (Anyone else like a good list! Yes, that’s me raising my hand right here.) Just make the choice to grab hold of scriptures to remind us God is with us.

Are you ready to persevere this year? Don't give up. God is faithful and at the right time you will reap a harvest.

We have the choice to run to Him in prayer instead of trying to tackle it in our power. “Lord, I can’t do this without you. I’ve tried. Give me your strength to make the next right choice. Help me to trust You as I persevere in what you’ve called me to do. In the name of Jesus, amen.”

What we do in the here and now matters!

We need to persevere in living our lives in a way that glorifies God. Please hear me on this, I’m not saying striving to be good enough. It’s not possible. I’m saying our lives are often our best sermon so live it in a way that others will want to know where your hope comes from!

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.1 Timothy 4:14-16 (NLT)

I’m praying with you friend. Through Christ we can continue to move forward this year in the call He’s put on each of our lives.

Where is God calling you to persevere this year? Share in the comments so we can hold each other up.

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