Monday, April 20



God's Word changes lives eternally…

Let’s imagine together that you want to get serious about your physical health. So you buy a book about exercise and tell a friend about it. “It’s going to change my life,” you say. Then six months pass by and you see your friend again, and you’re still in the same shape and size. “It’s the greatest book I’ve ever read,” you say, “I underlined parts of it, memorized whole sections, and even started a study group about it.”


But you never practiced what the book taught, so it didn’t change you.


Do you find yourself doing the same thing with God’s Word? You may mark your Bible, but do you let your Bible mark you?


The book of James says, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” –James 1:22 (NLT)


To receive the blessings of the Bible, you have to respond to it and let it change you. If you haven’t practiced intentionally responding to God’s Word, it might be hard to know where to start. Here are some questions I ask myself when I read scripture. I encourage you to ask yourself these same questions as you read a passage of Scripture:

  • Does this show me a sin I need to confess or an attitude I need to change?

  • Does God give me a command to obey or an example to follow?

  • Is there a prayer in this passage of Scripture that I can pray for myself or for other people?


Currently we all have way too much time at home to just sit around. So why not spend this time in God’s word? May I encourage all to start with these questions as you read your bibles. As you put them into practice, you’ll soon find that you’re not the same person.


There are many translations of the Bible. There is a translation called The Living Bible. That’s what each of us should be—a living Bible. The best translation of Scripture is when you translate it into your life and let it change you. When we start with changing ourselves we change the world around us.


Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the abundant blessings.

Thank you for the riches of your unfailing love.

Your grace and mercy abide in me.

Your holy Word leads me to inspire.

Gracious Father, I pray for the forgiveness of my sins.

Thank you Jesus for finishing the race.

Thank you for my family, friends and good health.

I pray dear Lord that you would be with the many that are struggling in the dark at this time.

I pray dear Lord for a revival.

Thank you for this day.

Thank you God for your son Jesus Christ for it is in His name we pray.


Amen


In Christ Love we are new,

Pastor Cory

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