Have you ever wondered how a book thousands of years old, could speak to you?
Could call you out by name? And could meet every single need that you really need right now? This is impossible...unless there is an all-powerful God behind each and every word.
Sometimes, the Bible surprises me. And I mean, it really takes me off guard. (but in a good way!)
You see, I have read the Bible since I was a little girl. I've been to Sunday School and church my entire life. I've attended faithfully. I grew up being taught the importance of devotions and began doing them myself since I was a teenager.
Bible Memorization was taught throughout my school years. All 16 of them to be exact if you count college days as well. So, I can properly say that yes, I have a pretty good understanding of Bible.
The Bible just isn't a book full of writings and teachers with some cute little thoughts. Neither is it just a history book filled with historical facts with names & dates. It is the actual words of God.
A holy God.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 1 Peter 1:20-21
1 Timothy 3:16-17 says that God breathed out the words, just like the Bible says, God breathed out the words
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
How does that come into my life? The historical scriptures were completed way sometime around 60-90 A.D. This is 2018. (1958-1988 years ago).
Is it real to me right now? And if so, HOW? How could God's word come alive to me all the way sitting quietly in my chair in 2018, in the United States, in Tennessee, at my house?
One little verse in John 14:26 says it all.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
God knew that Christians needed Someone inside of them to help them understand. To help them apply these words to their situation. And that is why He gave us the Holy Spirit.
You might be reading this and thinking. Ok, well thanks for the theology lesson. But....umm...where in the world are you going with this?
I'm going to your heart. No, not the 4 chambered pumping organ that is keeping you alive right now. I'm mean your spiritual heart, your soul. The part of you that makes you YOU.
And I want to share with you, my life's verse.
Have you ever just wanted to give up? Not an angry, throwing pots & pans around the house after dinner burned, "I'm done with this" kind of moment.
But a near fainting.
Patients, who have had fainting experiences, say that everything around them starts to close down. They hear voices and can see, but their ability to respond is gone. That 'closing down' is like a blackness, quickly engulfing them and they are powerless to stop it.
Are you feeling powerless right now? Is everything around you closing in? The bills are due. The bank accounts are drained. Vehicles have to be fixed. Groceries have to be bought. Life keeps circling and draining you, and you feel powerless to stop it all.
Go back to the verse.
David does not say, I fainted.
He said, "I had fainted unless".
Gotta love that word. Because there is the lifeline. The life-preserver for you to cling to. David believed that he would see God's love RIGHT NOW.
Just like you can. Imagine for a second, when you think about all that is going to engulf you, and you hear in your heart God saying to you, "...just wait on me. Don't give up"
I told you before my life's verse, but truth be told its actually life verses (emphasis on the plural). Because there is one more verse in that passage.
Have you ever looked at that verse and think to yourself, "why did He say 'heart'?"
When one thinks about strength it's usually for muscles. Similar to lifting a heavy load like a refrigerator.
But that's not what the scriptures are saying here.
When I read this passage, it dawned on me what God was trying to tell me. He was telling me, I'm sending you my strength. Not to your muscles, because your good food and nutrition will do that. Not to your brain, because you already know how to learn.
But I'm sending it to your heart. So you will feel my love and know that I'm here
helping you at this very moment.
In this very moment...hmmm...kind of like the "land of the living" that the previous verse references? Exactly. Right where you are, right now.
Let this thought bring a smile to your heart and to your face because He is there right now helping you. If you would ever like to talk to me, click here, and let me know what is going on in your life right now!