"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4
Are you seeking a closer relationship with the Lord? Last night Jeff was preaching on “making a Difference.” One of the things that he touched on really hit home with me – and was being complacent. Once we become complacent with our service, our walk, and our relationship with Christ, we stop growing.
Each of us should always be seeking a closer walk with the Lord. There will never be a time when we can say, “we have arrived!”
There is a way that we can be closer to the Lord and that is by knowing Him through His Word. I hear people say things like, "I wish I was closer to God!" or “I wish I knew my Bible better!” Then, when I tell them they can have those things by just spending time with the Lord in prayer and time in His Word, they act like that is impossible ~ like there is just NO WAY they could ever do that.
Sadly, our society is becoming a very lazy society. They want fast food, easy fix’s, and things that require little effort on their part to achieve. But when it comes to serving God and building a close relationship with Him, the only way is through time, effort, and a true desire.
How many times do we put off our Bible reading until “later?” I admit that I have. But when we do that we are putting off our time with the Lord. The Scriptures are here for our learning and to give us comfort.
If we don't know the Scriptures then we don't know God. If we don't know the Scriptures we don't know the full extent of God's mercy, forgiveness and love for us. By spending time in prayer and reading the Word of God and the things that He has done then we will develop a true love for Him!
Read the Bible, you will enjoy it!! If there are times when you don’t feel like reading it ~~ READ IT ANYWAY. Those times when you don’t feel like reading it…that is our sin nature trying to draw awedge in our relationship with the Lord. That sin doesn't want us to read the Bible, because the Bible teaches us and comforts us and that sin doesn't want us to live a spiritually healthy life.