Read, Look, Learn & Appy ~ Pt 2

Did you read Psalm 37? Did you see how full it is of great words and promises from God? Did you gain encouragement from the Word? Did you see how much God is on your side?

Look at the phrases used:

  • Fret not
  • Don’t be envious
  • Trust in the Lord
  • Delight yourself in the Lord
  • Commit your ways to Him
  • Be still
  • Refrain from anger

If I spend my time looking around at how others are doing and I begin to compare my life with theirs, then I may well experience some of these emotions. Yet Gods word is simple ~ don’t. Instead trust me, commit to me, delight in me and I will take of the rest. 

Those who wait on God inherit

Those who remain meek shall have peace

The Lord will uphold those who stay right with Him

He will establish my steps

This is what the word of God always does for me ~ it reminds that in staying close to God, He stays close to me, protects me, blesses me and helps me as I continue to walk through life. There really is no better place to be. 

“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:39-40‬ ‭ESV‬‬

What did God say to you?

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Read, Look, Learn & Apply

For me walking with God involves regularly reading His word. This week I have shared thoughts and reflections as I read through the Psalms. Check them out…

Taste & See

God Has Our Back

Eat, Drink & Merry

Why not try it for yourself. Psalm 37 is amazing and jam-packed full of wisdom. I’ll share my thoughts tomorrow.

Read it.

Look at it. Reflect on what you’re reading.

Learn from it. What am I reading, what is God saying to me.

Apply it. Put the Word into action.

That may seem to simple but reading the Bible doesn’t need to be complicated. We don’t need to look for some deep hidden meaning in the verse when more often than not it’s actually really clear what God is trying to say to us.

Enjoy reading the Bible. Never see it as a chore that must be completed. Just start and be expectant for what might jump out from the page into your heart and allow it have an impact on your life.

Digging Deeper Into Gods Word

Yesterday I said I wanted more WOW moments in 2016. Here’s another one for the next year.

Sounds obvious. Surely any good Christian should be saying that? Well, my experience would be that many do say it, yet if we are honest not many do it. Unless invited, I can only take responsibility for my walk with God.

This is not about a WOW moment, instead this is just one of those things that I have a desire to do but am easily distracted from and therefore don’t do. Yet having said that, understanding God’s word better, being more familiar with it, will probably  create more WOW moments .

Recently someone prayed for me and told me that everything I needed for knowing God in a deeper way was laid up for me, just like the food at a coffee shop in the fridge. To get at the food requires the lifting of the lid, reaching in and taking what you want. The same is true when it comes to Gods word. If I delve in, God won’t let me down in revealing Himself in greater ways.

Why wouldn’t I want that? 2016 is a year for learning, delving, digging deeper into the Word, not just for preaching preparation, but for every day.

3 Things to Help Build Our Faith

I’m sure between us we could add to this list but here goes with 3 things that can help us build our faith, the faith which we need to see the change we desire.

1. Pray.

2. Read the Word.

3. Be in a bible-teaching church

That is some combination.

Each one on their own are powerful but together they build our faith and it’s our faith in praying what God has said He will do that helps us to overcome the world. If that’s the kind of faith I need then I must be about doing all that I can to build it.

Simple then. I will stop letting excuses get in the way. I will pray. I will read the word. I will get to a bible-teaching church.

Anyone going to join me?

Love the Word of God

I absolutely love the Word of God.

It’s so full of everything.

Truth. Comfort. Encouragement. Leading. Wisdom. Challenge. Security. Salvation. Future. Eternal Life. Promise. Answers. Direction. Safety. Deliverance. Cover. Forgiveness.

Whenever I open it, I am never disappointed. I am always drawn closer to my God, my heavenly Father, to my Saviour Jesus. Whether life is good or life is a struggle the Word lifts me, reminds me and sorts me out.

Be encouraged. Do the same. Open the Word and allow God to speak to you, to comfort your soul and remind you of His greatness. To remember all that He is to you, every day, wherever you are and whatever is going on in your life.

He is my shield. He is my answer. He is my sustainer. He is my protector. He is my saviour. 

Surely that is enough to remember each day as we walk through life. That because of these words we do not need to fear but instead can have a confidence, not built on our own ability but on His abilities.

When life comes at me, He is my shield. 

When people speak hurtful words towards me, He is my protector.

When difficult situations confuse me, He is my answer. 

When I feel tired and overwhelmed, He is my sustainer. 

When I am lost and feeling helpless, He saves me. 

Above all, remember that He is for you, not against you and that is love for you can never be overwhelmed by anything.

Two Foods

I love my food. If I don’t eat when I think I should then I apologise, you might find me a little more grumpy than usual.

Jesus reminds us in Matthew 4:4 ‘Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God’ [Amp].

Seems to me there are 2 types of food that need to be a part of my diet.

Bread = natural food

Word of God = spiritual food

The challenge is to get the balance right. I can definitely be guilty of over-indulging in one more than another (at times) and I don’t mean the Word of God. Cake v Bible is not always a fair fight. It is a discipline to make sure that I don’t just go for the stuff that satisfies my body and that I make sure I feed myself with what God is saying. How do you manage?

How Was It For You?

So we have just completed 90 days of reading the Bible. How was it for you? Did you manage to stay the course?

One thing I have learnt from reading the Bible is that as well as ticking off the days worth of scriptures, I MUST give some time to reflecting on what I have read. Maybe these questions will help…

Which scriptures have jumped out at me?
What questions do I have after all that I have read?
Where do I want to spend more time digging a little deeper?
How have I been challenged & how will I respond?

Tell us your story. What has God been saying to you…

Don’t Think About It Too Much

That would be my summary of Acts 3. Get filled with the Holy Spirit. Go out doing what you always did…head off to the temple to pray for Peter & John, off to work or wherever for you & me. Difference today is now they are FULLY equipped.

Opportunity + faith = God Miracle. Love it.

Sometimes I pray for the opportunity but then I’m unwilling to step out in faith and the moment has passed. Why? Fear of sounding foolish, let alone looking foolish. Probably thinking about the whole thing too much I convince myself out of allowing God to use me. Possibly I can learn from Peter & John – just say it, don’t think about it too much, just know that God can do it.

Praying that I’m ready for the next time.