I believe we must read the Bible daily with a single-minded attitude.
Our goal must be to know Jesus. St. Paul was very determined to know Him
even in His crucifixion. I think we only want to know him during the
good times of His ministry. We should want to know Him intimately.
I believe God is showing me our problem of our little faith is the
result of reading the Bible with prejudice. This judgmental attitude
seems to destroy the faith building mechanism that God put within His
Word, as far as we are concerned. Do we not read the scriptures in light
of our own experiences, or past teachings? This is only natural but
certainly not right for faith building.
If the scriptures tell us, I AM THE LORD THY GOD THAT HEALS
YOU. We tend to remember many who have been prayed for and
died or never seem to get better. Of course we judge it is all Gods
fault and not the lack of faith within the one needing a touch from the
Master. We have fallen guilty to the deceivers lies who is quick to
tell us that God makes us sick for our own good or His. Does this not
border on blaspheme? Our God and Heavenly Father would not make us sick
any more than we would make our own kids sick in order to teach them a
lesson. Sickness is the result of sin. Healing is placing our trust in
the painful stripes of Christ inflicted by a Roman soldiers scourge.
Once while reading the account of the 5000 being fed with a few loaves
of bread and a few fish my mind said, who counted them? At once,
the Holy Spirit said, I did. I quickly asked the Lord for
forgiveness. Of course the Word of God is true. If there had been only
one thousand or as many as twenty God would have said so. If you are
unable to accept all of the scriptures as the Word of God, then you know
what I have written so far is true. May I ask this question? Who are we,
or anyone else for that matter, to question or challenge the architect
and builder of the universe? Sin began in the Garden when Satan beguiled
If you want your faith to increase in quality after reading Gods Word
think this what you must do. You should first pray and ask the Holy
Spirit to guide you and then read the scriptures carefully but quickly.
I learned this by accident. Many years ago, when the Lord saved me, I
was blessed with an insatiable appetite for the Bible. He led me to a
discipline of reading ten chapters a day. This discipline caused me to
read from both the Old and New Testaments. I would arise an hour earlier
than normal, about 4:30. Afterwards I would stop at the church for 20
minutes of so of singing of praises and prayer. Then, I would go on to
our pier to operate our deep-sea fishing business.
Many times people would comment on my faith. I didnt think anything
of it at the time but as I look back now I see I did operate with an
assurance that annoyed a lot of people including some of my friends. You
know they use to say, Ben has a Holy Boldness. In truth it really
was the gift of Faith. You can have it too! Do you want it?
One of the other benefits of reading the scriptures prayerfully and
quickly is the greater comprehension you will acquire. This method
requires a higher level of concentration than just plodding along while
reading the Bible. Now, I am the first to admit that habits are hard to
break and most who read this message would probably say something like
this, Im happy with the faith I have and this probably wont
work with me anyway. Dont look now but you just made Satan have a
great day! You have limited your usefulness to God!
May I ask you a few questions?
you on the other end of Gods hotline?
He speak to your heart to accomplish His labors here?
not, do you suppose it could be He knows you wouldnt do them? Or if
you did, you would be timid and fearful?
cant remember a single time when Jesus was nervous about the works
of the Father. I know God will put you on His hotline if you will
make a daily commitment to do what He has for you. Please read Ephesians
2:10. "For we are Godís masterpiece. He has created us anew
in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us
long ago." Ive found this is where God has placed the greatest amount of
His Joy for us.
Try to remember, we are in the process of being changed into the image
of our Savior and Lord. God has made this not only possible but more
than probable by giving us His Holy Spirit to live within us. I believe
it would also be helpful to think of Jesus trying to manifest Himself in
the same way a chick comes forth from an egg. We received Him by faith as a
Breath of Life when we were born again of His Spirit. Now as we allow
Him, He begins to reveal Himself through our lives. Our will or self
must crumble just like the shell of the egg. John the Baptist said
I must decrease and He must increase. Amen.
He also places us within the Bride of Christ or the Church. One day, the
Bridegroom will return for his Bride. He has said she will be without
spot or blemish. Trust me this has already been accomplished for us at
Calvary. Thank you Jesus.
tells us He is coming like a thief in the night and He wants us
read Matthew chapter 25 or you may not be ready.
try this method of reading the scriptures for seven days and see if you
do not receive a greater relationship with Jesus. I know you will, as He
is no respecter of persons. He loves you as much as anyone. He paid the
same price for you at the Cross. So lets get on with it. Start right
now. You can do it and He will help you. I promise! Please memorize and
hold close to your heart Hebrews 11:6. "So,
you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who
wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he
rewards those who sincerely seek him."
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