On Friday, Lynn shared what God showed her happens when we read our Bibles. When she called me and told me what she’d seen, this stunning image sent me right back to my four year old self. I was just baptized (more like christened or dedicated by sprinkling of water) and loved flipping parchment pages of the Bible I’d been given, yet couldn’t even read.
These are pictures of this Bible I have kept all through the years (friends and family wrote messages in the inside cover and first pages). As a child would spend night after night, turning the pages of this Bible because somehow I knew it was very special (I share this story in my testimony in our books). Even then, I longed to connect with God and knew that book—the Bible—was key. I am so touched that even then, God was pursuing and protecting a little girl who’s life was often filled with chaos and fear.
In this year of intimacy with God, His Word has become life and breath to me, my friends. It has soothed my soul, lifted my spirit from the depths and brought healing to places in my heart I didn’t even realize needed healing. His Word is LIFE!
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. — John 1:4
Today I study the Scriptures mostly on my iPad Mini as I like to go to several translations to study and get the full meaning, and to study the Greek and Hebrew words as well. I delight in His Word and love to dig out the treasures—His promises.
I want to share with you that Lynn and I even talked about paper verses digital, and we agree that in today’s day and age it makes sense to use both. We have more resources and ability now to access God’s Word and read and study it than ever before. No longer are we completely dependent on scholars and pastors to bring understanding to God’s Living Word. (Just wanted to clarify that so you didn’t think we contradicted each other. God continues to blow both of us away in how He keeps Lynn and I on the same page. It is a beautiful adventure of faith and friendship! Thank You, Abba Father, for giving such a precious friend and sister to walk this journey with!)
This year I’ve become a big fan of journaling. There is something powerful that happens as we study His promises, write them down. then read them again and again. Want to remember Scriptures more? Write them down. Bring God’s Word from the page, to your heart, to your pen and paper, and then notice how it embeds even deeper into your heart, soul, mind and spirit.
And there are times that I use my paper Bibles too. There is something about turning those pages, isn’t there? In fact, I’m hunting for a new “paper” Bible, but can’t settle on a single translation yet. Praying for God to show me my next translation to purchase as I peruse my gifted copy of The Voice, New Testament (a paraphrase by Thomas Nelson).
My friends, I believe what God showed Lynn is about the POWER of His Holy Word to transform us (Romans 12:2) and about His Promises leaping from the page to settle upon us when seek Him and claim them.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. — 2 Peter1:3-4
His Word holds His promises, therefore as we read, claim and believe them, they become part of us and enable us to share in His diving nature! Wow!
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. — Psalms 91:4
And His promises arm and protect us!
It’s all right there in His Word, my dear friends, but it’s up to us to use this powerful tool God has given us to guide us in life and faith, to learn and know more and more about our Creator. Want God to change your life? Read the Bible. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal it’s truths and treasures to you. And have a pen ready because you’ll want to write them down.