THE BIBLE READS YOU
The key to remember about reading the Bible is that the Bible reads you. The Bible is totally unique among the spiritual texts underpinning the World’s vast gallery of faith systems. And although it is not difficult to find great richness and elegance in other readings; the Bible message of Jesus stands out in it’s singularity. The Words of the Bible claim a singular characteristic: the Bible is not benign; not a dusty relic of antiquity… the Bible is ALIVE…
For the word of God is alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
This Living Text is not silent on the difficult questions we face. Life is full of calamities, material and spiritual. This week’s teaching suggests the most conclusive answers to the problems in our life pivot on two understandings: (1) That you and I are Bible-grounded in the nature of God’s righteousness, His purity. (We will learn purity is the component of God’s character guiding His intent and action towards us) and (2) that as we study the Bible, we stand “Bible-grounded” when viewing ourselves; that we honestly desire an authentic assessment of who we are based upon who He says we are.
God does not afflict anyone without an eye to their benefit. Even in the most crazy circumstances we can find His Presence and Strength. Not to say that we will always understand the “why” behind the junk that piles up around us. But His Word reminds us that: The Secret things belong to the Lord but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever – Deuteronomy 29:29. He does have His reasons (His secrets) which often evades us. But that verse reminds us that we have (as our possession) what He reveals to us; those things He offers as evidence of His care – even in the face of overwhelming difficulties
Let’s remember, God does not expect us to have towering strength. All He really wants us to do is believe. Two verses have helped me in my walk, perhaps you will find rest in them:
I will not fail you or forsake you – Joshua 1:5
Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God – John 11:30
I encourage you to take a look at the sermon video. I trust the Lord will honor and reward your pursuit of your answers.