I want you to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit talks, changes begins. Remember, God’s Word is the instrument of peace for the Holy Spirit to use and I can assure you of God’s Word today and always.
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes”. This means, to know God’s Apower is to know God’s presence. The Bible is the book that reads us, even as we read it. The Bible is the chronicle of God’s love for His people from the darkness before Eden to eternity with Him in heaven.
You are in it, I am in it, but most importantly, God is in it. That is an uncommon sort of book and it requires an uncommon sort of reading — total commitment and love for God’s Word, interest for God’s Word and faithfulness to God’s Word. This means, when you read, you must read with devotion. Find quality time for it, not the time you do not need – when you are in a hurry, in trouble, pain or sickness. Read it with quality time, the time you cherish most. Take the time to read the Bible with devotion. Here, you meet God face to face.
The Bible is given to us in the first place, simply to invite us to make ourselves at home in the world of God and become more familiar with the way God speaks and the way in which we answer Him with our lives. There are two worlds. We live in a two-language world i.e. the language of the Holy Bible and the language of today. The language of the Holy Bible is what God uses to create and save us; heal and bless us; judge and rule over us. The language of today is the one we use to gossip; to tell each other stories; to howl at our children; to give direction and to do business. You cannot see Jesus with today’s words, you can only see Jesus through the Scriptures.
The more you read, the more you will understand about yourself and this God who created you. The more you think about what you read, the more familiar you will become
with His voice. The more familiar you are with God Almighty, the more you understand His voice. Each subtle, significant, powerful Word in the Scripture is meant for you.
One may speak today and another tomorrow but God sent each of them straight to your life. So listen. Go into your reading with a clean slate.
IF you come across something in your reading which you don’t understand, tell Him about it, ask Him about it. Maybe God has challenged you. Tell Him how you feel. But always remember that what God asks, He asks for good. He is loving and merciful, not manipulative and harsh. Fill your prayer with Scriptures. Using the Word you have read helps you ensure that your prayer lines up with God’s Word and intention for your life. Don’t bring what you think you need to hear, this is about what God has to say to you. Do not bring fear that you will misinterpret the text. Do not bring what others have said. It is all about what God has to say to you.
You can read the Bible or think well about the Word of God, but unless you live in the Word as well, you miss the point. You can preach it, you can teach it, from Genesis to Revelation.
So take time to splash round in the Word to absorb it, to discover what God has to say to you each day because your life depends on knowing it. When you have taken God’s Word to heart and truly made it part of you, it will by its very nature change you – and when it does, you will find yourself called to act.