Hey my name is Kimberley and I am so excited about this weekend at The CHURCH because we are talking about reading the Bible and doing what it says. I have dedicated my life to chasing hard after God’s word. We all love to know where we come from, just think of all the ancestry websites and television shows that flood our generation. We cheer on our favorite teams by waving flags, wearing t-shirts bearing their name with colorfully painted faces (or bellies). All in the name of marking ourselves to show others whose team we are on. It’s our identity. The Bible is our ancestry, it tells us where we come from and how we are marked as His.
Essentially, the Bible is God’s letter to us. That’s right, you and I. Imagine receiving a love letter, immediately you begin to pour over the details. Tirelessly, you read it over and over because of what it says about you. You carefully fold it and save it for another time. Each time you bring it out your heart begins to swell with excitement because you know the author and trust what he says! It affirms your love. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. God even left us His contact number, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” Jeremiah 33:3. How amazing is it to know that the creator of all things loves us enough to leave His word.
Revelation 1:3 says, “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” This is in context to Revelation, but it is also applicable to the rest of the Bible as well. Don’t miss the part that says, “God blesses the one…” Doing this requires a two-fold response on our part, read/hear the word and obey the word, then you will be blessed. The benefits of God’s word are endless and include, wisdom, knowledge, healing, peace, joy, freedom, and love to name a few.
Have you ever noticed that you can read a verse many times and it still speaks to you? It was just what you needed to hear at just the right time? Hebrews 4:12 tells us that, “the word of God is living and active.” Reading and learning the Bible can bring healing and break chains in our lives because the Word is alive! It is not some outdated piece of literature that draws dust on the shelf. If the Bible were false it would have been shelved long ago. Rather, it contains promises of what we stand to inherit if we read, hear and obey.
“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him, he guarded him as the apple of his eye” Deuteronomy 32:10. The apple of the eye is the most important and delicate part of the eye. It must be protected at all cost. Deuteronomy gives us a tender picture of a gentle God who will rise up like a warrior and protect what is His. This is how God cares for his people. YOU are the apple of His eye! If you don’t already, try reading your Bible today. If you don’t have one, read it online. I like the New International Version or the New Living Translation (it’s easier).
Here are a few tips that you can walk out this week.
- Start small. Read a verse or a chapter; the key is to start. I like Genesis or John. Join a small group at TheChurch.
- Pray big. Pray and ask God to help you apply his word.
- Hear. Listen to a podcast during the week. Pastor Kevin and Craig Groeschel are good.
- Attend church this weekend. See you there!