November 12, 2015

Bible Study Thingy!

     The last few weeks I have not only been really busy, but I couldn't think about anything to talk about. This time, Ray Vanderlaan inspired me a bit.
Have you ever heard the saying, "You are what you eat?" That is very true about Christianity. The saying encourages you to eat healthy. The Bible does too, both physically and spiritually. (I Tim. 4:6-16). In the world, a lot of evil happens. Satan has been successful in distracting us through fear, pride, envy, etc. (You probably get it; we see it everywhere.) The people in the world are desperate for the good news. Do you read the Bible? (trick question) That's not enough to survive this world. Many people are like the foolish man who have built their house on the sand. I've been that person. No, it's not enough to just read the Bible. We've got to EAT IT! (Of course, reading the Bible is not what saves you, but is what gives us the tool against lies which is the Sword of the Spirit)

     This is what Psalm 1 says:
     "Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers."

     Ray Vanderlaan said that the word 'meditate' was translated from a word that really means something more like 'devour'. We are in a desperate world and reading the Bible is not enough to build us up into a person like Christ. We must devour the Word and ravish in it. You are what you eat! When our delight is in the Word, which is one thing I am personally working on, we become a strong, mighty tree. We are fed by the Lord (streams of water,) we are a pleasant shade in the desert, our fruits of the Spirit are good, and our leaf will not wither. We will survive this world! Jesus Christ was the Word of God in human form. When we eat the Bible and have faith in Him, we become more and more like Him. It is not by our own strength that we are saved, it's His! We only have to accept Him and stand our ground like Ephesians says. That's still gonna be tough. Our faith gets stronger when we go through many trails. Therefore, HANG ON TO HIM! He's been through it already, He knows the way, and He never fails!

     "When your words came, I ate them;
    they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
    Lord God Almighty."

Jeremiah 15:16

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