I will never forget the first time I opened my Bible to read for the first time. I didn’t know where to start or what to read. I felt overwhelmed and lost. There were so many words and pages. How did I even begin?
Once I opened the Scriptures and started reading, a whole new world was open for me. At times I put prayer and reading the Bible on the back burner. I let life get the best of me. I was distracted by everything the world offered me. The truth is, I’ve been a Christian my whole life and didn’t truly see the value in opening up the Scriptures and reading them until brokenness entered my life.
Tragedy makes us listen and pay attention. My brokenness exposed what was I really filling my life with? What was the meaning and purpose of my life?
The Bible took on a whole new meaning in my life once tragedy got my attention. The Bible verses I read became living and breathing in my life. Opening the Scriptures is where I really met Jesus. I began to see all of God’s promises, His heart and character. I realized His words aren’t meant to stay on the pages of the Bible but be made alive within us. His words are what transform our hearts, minds and lives.
I was always so impressed by people who could memorize and recite scripture like it was second nature. Somehow along the way, I became one of those people, because God’s words became engraved in my heart. I became hungry and thirsty for more.
From the beginning of time God’s Word has existed and speaks life into our lives.
God’s Word became light.
And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And there was evening and there was morning—the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5
God’s Word became life.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures, according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground and wild animals each according to its kind.” Genesis 1:24
God’s Word became flesh.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
God’s Words heal the broken hearted.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
God’s Word transforms hearts and lives.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
God’s Word feeds and nourishes our souls.
“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:51
God’s Word are eternal.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:1-4
God is The Word and The Word is God. God’s Word cannot be changed. They are eternal and everlasting. His Words sustain us and give us life. God’s Word will always speak truth and life into our lives. They have existed from the beginning of time. Wherever we are in life we can always meet Jesus right where we are by opening up the scriptures.
His Word is perfect. His Word will guide us. His Word provides for all of our needs.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
His Word completes us. In God we lack nothing!
How has God’s Word and reading the Bible changed your life?
Do you struggle with making time to read your Bible?
Do God’s Words speak life into your life?
Nothing opens our hearts more than an open Bible. Staying in God’s word transforms hearts and lives. Open your Bible and discover God’s truth and love for you.
It’s all about meeting Jesus right where we are. In Him we will have life to the full that is complete and everlasting. Have a blessed week!
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