Weekly Sabbath Survey
Read the Bible? — 11-9-13
This message falls into the “If the shoe fits” category. It isn’t for everybody right at this time. Some time in the future, it may be for you. If it’s not for you now, don’t fret or be puzzled. File it away in your mind until God may remind you of it.
The way I live my faith in some ways, is a bit different from many other Believers. Sometimes I am asked why I do and don’t do this and that. I have given various answers depending on the person and the situation. But eventually it boiled down to this: One day a long time ago, a little frizzy-headed house wife/pastor from Arkansas said something in a meeting that went straight into my heart: The Christian life is really easy, Saints. All we have to do is read The Book and do what it says.
At that time, I had NEVER read The Book. I had been in church most all my life starting with the cradle roll at the Baptist Church in Borger, Texas. I knew a lot of Scripture from listening to my Mama and my old time Wesleyan Methodist Grandmother talk about our beliefs. I heard sermons in church and teachers at Youth Camp and Sunday School. I had accepted Jesus as my Savior, but I had never read the Bible for myself. No one ever suggested to me that this was something every Believer should do: read the Bible for oneself. What a novel idea!
That little one-liner from Hettie Luella Brooks plunged me into a lifelong love for the Holy Bible. I read it, I study it, and I cherish ALL of it. Along the way from time to time, certain things in the Bible began to stand out for me. When that happens, it seems the Lord is speaking it especially to me. It has come alive for me. So I pray, asking clarification of the meaning it may have in my own life. This process has resulted in my unique personal, peculiar walk with God, which evolves and changes as my understanding grows.
Another way I have learned is by listening to others teach and preach. I have never been a ‘groupie’ running here and there to hear a certain person. But I did have 2-3 people who were my mentors, in person or through their books. I read books to learn. I avoid the persuasive power of personality by reading what has been written rather than seeing some people in person.
Over the last 30 years I have learned that we can have a much better understanding of the Lord if we understand what He has said and done from the beginning to the end of the Biblical text. There is so much more to the practice of our faith than the average person in church has heard. Knowing just parts of the Word of God can result in a fragmented understanding of it and what the life of faith should be. As we study the Scriptures, some of us may see requirements for us that others don’t. When any certain part of the Word of God comes alive for us, we are responsible for that truth He has revealed. As we learn, we are making our life with Jesus richer and more powerful. http://www.homemakerscorner.com/othermay.htm
My study also served to correct errors I accepted as truth back when, as I saw plainly in God’s word the truth of those matters. The Bible continues to change and “renew” my mind. I still read The Book and try my best to do what it says. I trust God that everything He said is there for a reason and is for my good. He will reveal things to me, opening my understanding as I go along. I know that He isn’t out to make life hard for me. Like any good parent, He has rules to train and protect the children — that would be us — until we are fully grown up spiritually and living in heaven.
This whole Bible, every verse of Scripture, was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared on every point, fully equipped for the work of ministry to others. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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