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October 29, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Be Generous Like God

Be generous like God
We are told to be generous, right? How do you feel about it? How would you feel if someone told you to not to try to be more generous than God? I was puzzled for sure. Especially when it was Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – August 20, 1153). Read it yourself! What could it mean?

“The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself … Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the reservoirs are far too rare … You too must learn to await this fullness before pouring out your gifts, do not try to be more generous than God.”

I know we can’t be generous without God. I know God is generous. I know we need to pass on what we receive in order to not to start stink (stagnant water and all that). I know we are blessed for being generous. But why should we not try to be more generous than God? Shouldn’t we be as generous as possible? Well, I think there’s no way we can be more generous than God. We are just not able to do it. But shouldn’t we at least strive to be more generous than God?

What Bernard of Clairvaux is trying to say here is that we can’t do God’s work on our own. We can’t even just pass on what we hear if we don’t let it to permeate in our own hearts first. God’s word needs to be received and let it run its course in us before we can pass it on to others. We need to be reservoirs, not canals. We need to abide in God and be filled with the Spirit to overflowing. Then we won’t get burned out. Then we will naturally be generous like God.

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
    Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. (2 Cor. 9:8,10-11, NLT)

We are called to be generous like God. But we are not called to be more generous than God. There’s a huge difference. When we are generous like God, we abide in God and let him work in and through us. When we try to be more generous than God, we lean towards self-rightousness and that is a road to disaster.

Everything good starts in grace and ends in grace. And everything in between is grace. We are called to live in this amazing grace and let the overflowing goodness of God spill on to others. That’s what being generous like God is all about.

 

Gracious God,
We thank you and we praise you
for being so generous with us.
Enable us to always abide in you
and be filled with your Spirit.
Show us how to be generous like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know how to be generous like God? Are you a reservoir of a canal?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you abide in God and let God’s graciousness overflow to others!

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October 27, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Word of God and Prayer

the Word of God and Prayer
I have been in love of Psalm 19 a few days now. I am going to share it with you and explain why it feels so precious to me right now. Read it and let the Holy Spirit read you while you are at it. This is how the Living Word of God works!

The revelation of God is whole
    and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
    and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
    showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
    and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
    with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
    down to the nth degree.
10 God’s Word is better than a diamond,

    better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
    better than red, ripe strawberries.
(Psalm 19:7-10, MSG, emphasis added)

As you know, reading the Word of God is important. John Ortberg has said “What repeatedly enters your mind and occupies your mind, eventually shapes your mind, and will ultimately express itself in what you do and who you become.” When we choose to read the Bible, we choose God’s word to occupy our minds and shape our minds. It does not happen if we do not read it. And if we do read the Word of God, it pulls our lives together, points out the right road for us, and shows the way to joy. Who wouldn’t want that?

11-14 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!

    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
(Psalm 19:11-14, MSG, emphasis added)

We truly need God to guide us. Not only through the Word of God but also through prayer. A.W. Tozer has put it this way “I am reminded that one old saint was asked, “Which is the more important: reading God’s Word or praying?” To which he replied, “Which is more important to a bird: the right wing or the left?”

We need them both equally. How would we otherwise keep from stupid sins? How would we otherwise have our sins forgiven? How would we otherwise know what is God’s will for us?

This psalm seems to speak what’s on my heart this week. I praise God for his wise counsel. I ask God to show me all the sin lurking in my heart. I invite him to cleanse me from all the hidden faults and guide me according to his plans for me. I can’t express well enough how good this makes me feel: My life is in his hands. I can rest in him knowing he will take care of me.

I can’t recommend reading the Word of God and praying highly enough. And doing both at the same time is the ultimate way to go. Try it. And you will be hooked for life!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for loving us beyond measure.
Thank you for the Bible and prayer.
Guide us clearly, Lord.
Pull our lives together,
point out the right road,
and show us the way to joy.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Which is more important to you, reading the Word of God or prayer?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you choose what enters your mind and changes your mind along the way!

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October 24, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Dare to Hope

Dare to Hope

Do you dare to hope when there’s no reason to hope? Do you dare to hope when your life as you’ve known it has been taken over by a razing storm? Do you dare to hope when life has become bitterness and poison?

I hope so. I’ve been there. Everything but God was taken from me. But God was more than enough. I can testify that God is faithful. That’s why I can assure you: God will also see you through the storm. No matter how razing it is.

The memory of my suffering and homelessness is bitterness and poison.
20 I can’t help but remember and am depressed.
21 I call all this to mind—therefore, I will wait.

22 Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!
23 They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.
24 I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him.
(Lamentations 3:19-24, CEB,*)

Dare to hope when it feels all is gone.
- Our feelings can easily fool us. But the visible world is not all there is. God is at work behind the scenes even when we doubt it.

Dare to hope when you don’t understand.
- God’s ways are wiser than ours. God’s timing is different that ours. God is in control no matter what.

Dare to hope when you are down and depressed.
- God is always with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. And when you have God, you have everything.

Dare to hope because God is good.
- God has a plan for you. And that plan is to bless you and keep you in his grace.

Dare to hope because the faithful love of God never ends.
- God’s love never quits. You can rest in his grace and wait for good.

Dare to hope because God is bigger than any storm.
- When all is said and done, God will hold you in his arms.

Therefore…
Dare to hope.
Wait for good.
Because God is faithful and his mercy is new every morning.

Gracious God,
Thank you for being our hope.
Thank you for being faithful.
Thank you for raising us up.
Thank you for renewing mercy every morning.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you dared to hope in the midst of hardships? How did you get through?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dare to hope despite of everything!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I've used while preparing each post.]

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October 22, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Help for a Control Freak

control freak
Are you a control freak? Or an occasional control freak? You are not alone. It is hard to live carefree. It would be nice to be able to control things, wouldn’t it? But that’s not how life works.

Control freaks ultimate desire is to feel safe. That’s the reason why they want to be in control. So that everything would be fine in their lives. They try to achieve this peace on their own. But control freaks are looking for this safety in wrong places. They think they should be the ones to decide what happens and when and how. But that’s not how life works.  There’s no guarantees. There’s no control over life. No matter how hard we try.

What to do then? Is there any help for control freaks available? Yes, but not in self-help. Blessedly, God is ready to offer help for control freaks.

Look at the proud!
    They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
    But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
(Habakkuk 2:4, NLT)

God is bigger than your need to control.
God is better than your idea of him.
God’s idea of what you need is more accurate than your own idea.
God is in control even when everything feels out of control.

It is hard to trust God, I know. The more control freak tendencies we have, the harder it is to trust God will take care of us. But the harder it is to trust God, the bigger are the benefits. Stress-free, carefree existence seems, at first, too good to be true. But peace is possible. So is rest in God. But only when we leave our worries and control freak tendencies at the foot of the cross. And just note this is not a once in a lifetime thing. It pretty much must happen daily. Otherwise we start worrying and controlling anything and everything around us. Like that would ever bring peace.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23, NLT)

Just like alcohol or drugs or sugar, also control can be addictive. That’s why we need Jesus so badly. We can’t but by God’s grace we can learn to trust God with our everything. And it does get easier. The more we trust, the easier it becomes. Because we learn intimately that God is trustworthy. Always and forever.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NLT)

Dear God,
Forgive me for trying to take over.
Forgive me for thinking I would know everything.
Thank you that you love me anyway.
Heal me, teach me to trust you.
Show me how letting you to be in charge
is for my own good.
Teach me how to live carefree in your grace.
Show me what being your child really means.
Thank you that you are trustworthy.
Thank you that you I can rest in you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you a control freak? How do you deal with it? Have you learned to trust God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to let go and let God!

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October 20, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Goodbye for Gray Living

Goodbye for Gray Living
As you probably have noticed, I like to end my posts with a prayer. I do that because I believe that all change begins in prayer. I believe that all the good things start with God. My calling is to bring others to Jesus. And in prayer people can meet Jesus firsthand.

Today I wrote the prayer before writing the post itself. And I pray God will answer that prayer in this post. (Maybe this is too random but we will see.)

Gracious God,
You know me
and you still love me.
Don’t leave me as you found me,
make me new,
restore me
according to you best plans for me.
Be praised for your loving kindness.
Make me every day more like you.
Empower me to think like you
and then act like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

After this I read today’s Bible verse provided by Biblegateway Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you (Psalm 51:12, NLT). This seemed somewhat to echo the prayer.

We need forgiveness.
We need cleansing.
We need a new start.

The only way to get that is by grace through faith in Jesus.

It’s that simple.
But it works.
Time after time.

Here’s the same psalm in context in the Message version:

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
(Psalm 51:7-15, MSG)

From time to time we all need to have a Genesis week from the chaos of our lives. Instead of throwing us out with the trash, God restores us. Instead of failing to breath holiness in us, God brings us back from gray living.

Gray living is our enemy. If we are muddy and dirty, we know we need Christ. But when we are gray, we think we are passable and do nothing. We pretend everything is okay when we are spending our precious time here on earth for gray living (instead of shining like we are meant to).

Gray living is fearful living. Not daring to do what God calls us to do because we don’t think we can do what we are asked to do. We settle for gray living. We are not white nor black. We settle for gray and every day blah-blah. No wonder we are unhappy.

Even when our life is totally screwed up we have hope. Because God loves us and wants what’s best for us. God does not want gray living for us. He wants us to enjoy really God-colorful life. God wants us to be bold and beautiful according to his plans for each of us.

Then we’d become more like him.
Then we’d think more like him.
And maybe then we could even act more like him.

I don’t know about you. But I think it is time to say goodbye for gray living.

Come, Lord Jesus! Make it so! Amen

Q4U: Are you stuck with gray living? Ask God to show you the way into God-colorful life!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you by God’s grace fight your way out of gray living into God-colorful life!

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October 17, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Nothing Better than the Love of God

the love of God
Do you know how wide, how long, how high, and how deep God’s love is? I hope you, at least, have had a glimpse of it. Even a glimpse of God’s love will knock your socks off. There’s nothing like it. And there’s nothing better. Don’t take my word for it. Read what David wrote in one of his psalms:

Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
(Psalm 63: 3-4, NLT,*)

When we have experienced God’s love, we are his forever. And an appropriate response to the love of God is to praise him as long as we live. And as we do so, we slowly get to know how wide, how long, how high, and how deep God’s love for us really is.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.(Eph.3:16-19, NLT,*)

I pray you will always long to know more of God’s love for you. Because when you search for God, he will respond. When you want to get to know him better, he will not disappoint you. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and you become strong in your faith. And you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Nothing better than that. Nothing.

 
Gracious God,
Thank you for loving us beyond measure.
Teach us how wide, long, high and deep your love is.
We long for you, we search for you, we seek you.
Pour our love upon love,
let us experience you in new ways.
Make us yours every way.
We praise you forever and ever
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How have you experienced God’s love?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you long to experience more of God’s love!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I've used while preparing each post.]

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October 15, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Spiritual Power Outage

Spiritual Power Outage
Have you recently experienced a power outage? It sure changes perspective on things. We are too dependent on always having electrical power in our modern culture.

But how would it feel to live without God’s power? If you have never experienced God’s power you don’t know what you are missing. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18, NIV)

But when you are used to have it and then there is a spiritual power outage, you hopefully realize how important part of your life God really is.

We can never be too dependent on God. The more we need God, the more power we get. This is one of the paradoxes of Christian faith. I have come to love paradoxes. We can experience the mystery and holiness of God in them.

Power of God is much more and much better than electrical power in our life can ever be. Electricity gets our electronics going. God’s love is power for living. This source of power is renewable, never-ending resource. We can base our life on it. We can count on and depend on the promises of God. He will deliver.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, NIV)

There are many causes of spiritual power failures in our end of the network. If or when you are experiencing a spiritual power outage you need to know how to restore power. God is faithful even when we fall away or experience short or longer power outages. God is faithful but He is not forceful with his power. We need to ask for His power in order to receive it. But He is ready to restore us and pick us up whenever we cry out for help.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And put a new and right spirit within me,
Do not cast me away from your presence,
And do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
And sustain in me a willing spirit.
(Psalm 51:10-12, NRSV)

Once we are used to have God’s power in our lives we don’t want to live without it. Hence, we need to protect our power system from outages. Jesus is encouraging us to build the house of our lives on the rock so it will endure any storms:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27, NIV)

There will be storms in our lives, there’s no doubt about it. But one thing is sure: God is faithful. He is always there. God is never the source of your spiritual power outage. He is the source of life and love.

It is up to you to ask God in your life.
He will grant you peace and joy because He loves you.
It is up to you to build your life on the rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ.
He will grant you grace and mercy because He loves you.
It is up to you to ask the Holy Spirit to keep you from power outages.
He will sustain you with His power and might because He loves you.

It is up to you: Power or Blackout?

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for being forever faithful.
Show us how to protect against spiritual power outages.
Help us to experience your energizing power in our lives.
Enable us to share your power with people around us.
Thank you for providing everything we need.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you experienced spiritual power outages? What did you learn? Are you now protected from spiritual power outages?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you are empowered by God for daily living!

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October 13, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Do Not Detain Grace

Do not detain grace
I experienced grace this morning. I go to a group gym every Monday and Friday. This time I had forgotten to reserve my place. There I was ready to exercise and my name was not on the list. Somehow I had not even realized I had forgotten it. Needless to say I felt frustrated and stupid. But the trainer extended me grace and allowed me in without reservation. It felt very, very good. It was undeserved grace, pure and simple.

That’s how God’s grace feels too.
That’s how it feels to be accepted as you are.
That’s how it feels to receive grace when you don’t deserve it.

Why then do we so often detain grace? We push it away and are determined to succeed on our own. We think of it as our last resource and are certain we will have time to make reservations for eternity. But what if life gets in the way and we simply forget? What if we don’t have as much time as we think we do?

God is gracious and he has done everything for us. Yet it’s still up to us to want his grace. We need grace to get our name on the Book of Life. Don’t detain grace. Don’t delay it. Don’t forget to ask for it. You need it to enter God’s kingdom.

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] (Eph. 2:8-9, AMP.*)

Don’t detain grace. Receive it today. Let it permeate every inch of your core being. Because it will feel marvelous to be at the pearly gate and find your name on the Book of Life. (And I’d like to meet you at Jesus’ feet.)

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for calling me unto you.
Forgive me for delaying grace.
I love you, I love grace.
Don’t let me ever deny or delay grace.
I want my name to be on the Book of Life.
I want to spend eternity with you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you have your name on the Book of Life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace grace daily!

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October 10, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Live Carefree

How to live carefree
Do you know how to live carefree? Would you like to live carefree? I think we all do. Stress-free living would be lovely, don’t you think? But most often we think carefree living is meant for children only. That’s not true. At least, if we think of childhood as a stage of life. But it is true for God’s children who learn to trust God’s care.

Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (1 Peter 5:7, MSG,*)

Trusting God is the only way to live carefree. We can only live carefree before God. Because it is God who makes the difference here, not our life-skills. The only way we can deal with all our anxieties, our our worries, and all our concerns is to dumb them at the foot of the cross. The only way we can live carefree is to surrender ourselves -  all that we are and are not – and everything that worries us to God. When we do this, we learn that it really works. Too often we try every other solution before we humble ourselves. But that’s just waste of time and energy. God is waiting to help us. We just need to turn to him.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7, AMP,*)

God cares for us affectionately and cares about us watchfully. Nothing will ever change that. We don’t need to be anxious and worry about everything. We just need to live before God and let him take care of us. Because he will. The more we trust, the more trustworthy we find God. I’ve learned that God is the only solid thing in this world that does never fail you. That’s why I can live carefree before God even when things are changing and uncertain. I know God is most careful with me. Even when it does not look like it.

So I praise God while I wait for his guidance. Because I know God has my best interest at heart. Every time I detect any anxiety, worry or concerns creeping into my thoughts, I dump them at Jesus’ feet. And receive peace and joy in return. That’s my secret for carefree living.

 

Gracious God,
You are so good to us.
We want to live carefree before you.
Show us how.
Teach us to trust you 100%.
Thanks for being careful with us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Q4U: Is it difficult for you to live carefree before God? How have you learned to trust God’s care for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you bask in God’s loving care!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I've used while preparing each post.]

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October 8, 2014
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Let the Bible Wow You

Let the Bible Wow You
Last week I read an online article about how we should not do things we love every day. Like if you love ice cream, you should not eat it every day if you don’t want it to become just an emotionless habit. But there’s one exception to this rule, I think. The rule does not apply to Bible-reading. Because ….the more we read the Bible, the more we desire to read it. The more we digest the Word of God, the more fulfilled we become.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. (1 Peter 2:2-3, NLT)

All this because it is the Living Word of God. The Bible is not just any book. Because God speaks through it. The Bible transforms its readers. You wouldn’t want to miss it, would you? Ask the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your reading. Allow God to read you as you read it and let God change what needs to be changed.

The transforming power of the Bible is amazing. Just reading a verse or two can empower us to endure whatever we are going through. We just need to make room for the Word of God in our lives and open the Bible regularly. The more we read it, the more we want to read it. Not just because we have formed a habit but because it wows us each and every time when we prayerfully read it.

The word of God does not lose its touch.
The word of God never gets old or boring.
The word of God never loses its power.

I hope you’re now wondering how you could add a bit more Bible-reading into your schedule. Here’s one idea for you. I ran across the Biblegateway’s list of the 1oo most read Bible verses. It is quite a powerful list. Keep the list handy, it can serve as an appetizer for more Bible-reading. You might want to read one of the verses as early as possible in the morning. It will energize your day in a very special day. When you are reminded that you are God’s beloved and nothing will ever separate you from God’s love, you can conquer anything on your to-do list. Trust me. Or don’t. Just try it yourself!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for the Bible.
Thank you for being alive and active in the world.
Help us to carve more time and space for you in our lives.
Draw us into your word.
Saturate us with your love and grace.
Fill us with your Spirit.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you agree that the more Bible you read, the more you want to read it? How do you add more Bible-reading into your schedule? My latest is to read a psalm before I get out of bed in the morning. It works beautifully and does set the tone for the day.

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dive into God’s word daily!

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