Basic Instructions

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I truly love studying the Word of God! It is filled with so much. And the more deeply you dig into it, the deeper He takes you.

Dos, Not Don’ts

Now, you might be thinking the Bible is a book of “don’ts.”  It’s not. It’s far more a book of dos and a guide to learning how to behave. You’ll find that the more you seek Him, the deeper you will fall in love with Him. And the more you love Him, the more you’ll want to please Him. And you’ll change.

Approaching the Word, and Him

Right now, Steve and I are going through a real intense testing of sorts. God is in the middle of turning us inside out looking to put “new wine, into new wineskins” (Matthew 2:22). As God is doing His sometimes painful work in us, that doesn’t mean there are not lots of  tears in the process. I cry out to Him often.

But even now, I can see that I have changed in my approach to Him. There is more letting go and surrendering to Him than fighting Him. And if I fight Him, it doesn’t last as long as it use to. I surrender to His will sooner.

Talking through stories from the Bible helps Steve and I through. For example:

  • Courage – Sometimes God stacks the odds like He did with Gideon. God deliberately dwindled his army down to 300 people to take on thousands in the enemy camp. But Gideon chose to believe God would deliver, and He did and God got the glory! (Judges 6-8).
  • Comfort Zones – Sometimes God pushes our comfort zones like He did with Joshua and the impenetrable walls of Jericho (Joshua 6). Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone in order for God to work.

These are just two small examples, but there are many, many more. And they’re there so we can learn.

The BIBLE

Someone told me one time that the word “bible” is an acronym for B-asic I-nstructions B-efore L-eaving E-arth. There’s truth to that!

As Christians, we are instructed to love our Creator and to demonstrate our love by obeying His commandments. When we do, God promises to guide us and protect us, today and forever. Someday, we may all be confronted with a choice to do the easy thing or the right thing. The decision will be yours and yours alone. And the consequences of that decision will be yours and yours alone. Knowing the Word will help you choose wisely.

Wise Words

Corrie ten Boom said it best; “Study the Bible and observe how the persons behaved and how God dealt with them. There is explicit teaching on every condition of life.”

Oswald Chambers said, “Never support an experience which does not have God as its source and faith in God as its result.”

And the words of Peter:

“Therefore, get your minds ready for action, being self-disciplined, and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct.” – 1 Peter 1: 13-15

Get to know His Word and you’ll get to know just how much your Creator God loves you, and more importantly; how He wants you to know Him.

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