Reading Your Bible

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I know the idea of reading the Bible can be so intimidating, especially if it’s your first time peeling the cover back. First, relax; you don’t have to read all 66 books this weekend. Second, maybe you shouldn’t start with the King James translation. I know all the Old English made me feel like I was reading Shakespeare. Thirdly, it’s not about how much you read, but rather understanding and applying what you read.

Choose Your Weaponry

With technology today you read on your phone, tablet or Kindle. Maybe, you are old-fashioned and want a physical copy. I highly suggest downloading a Bible app, that includes many modern translations and devotionals. You can fool around with different translations and figure out which you like the most. Secondly, if you’re new at this, your may not know where to start; well a short inspirational devotional would be a great place to start. A devotional is short and usually points you in the direction of a Bible chapter or verse. I highly recommend the Youversion app. It’s free, and you can (for free) subscribe to daily devotionals.

Pen and Paper

Studying the Bible and journaling goes hand in hand. You’ll find yourself wanting to write down how a verse makes you feel. You’ll be driven to journal what you learn, and how you feel. And, the cool part is revisiting old journals, and seeing your growth in the Word.

Set a Time, and Stick to It

Set a time aside to reading your Bible/devotional every day. And, there will be distractions. Whether it’s your phone buzzing, or you just can’t seem to focus. And, honestly there will be some days you just don’t plain feel like it. However it is discipline worth learning.

Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself

If you missed a day, or a couple… Don’t beat yourself up, God still loves you. If you find your desire to read dwindling, pray and tell God all about it. Ask Him to give you a desire for His word. And, He’ll surely grant your prayer.

Best Advice

Pray before reading! It calms your mind, and puts your focus on God. You can even ask the Holy Spirit what you should read. And, He’ll surely guide you.

Purchasing a Bible

Now, that you’ve got the hang of this, and found a translation that you’re fond of and you find understandable.

Things to consider:

Will I carry my Bible with me everywhere? You may want something light and portable. A paperback or a leather bonded Bible.

Sometimes I need help understanding, even modern translations.

You may want a study Bible. A study Bible is a Bible with notes. It can have extensive notes, or just a few lines here or there.

Conclusion

I love God’s Word, now but I can remember feeling overwhelmed and defeated in the beginning of my walk. King James Version looked like another language to me, but now I adore it.

I just believe in God’s word. It is so powerful. There’s so much to uncover about life and even about yourself in the Bible. It’s changed me, it healed me, and it’s brought me closer to God. It grew my faith, and made me see how trustworthy and good God is.

God was this far away deity, until I picked up the Bible. He’s real, and never far away. I’m His child, He calls me beloved, says you are my brethren. I’m passionate about the Bible, because of how it changed me, and changes me everyday. I hope this helped you. If you have any questions, leave a comment, and LIKE. ❤️

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It’s Never Too Late

  
Surrender ALL to Jesus, today.

When I post Scriptures on Social Media, I’m not looking for likes, (although I’ll admit I used to)  my desire is that I can plant a seed that makes people want to turn their lives over to God. I want to burden hearts, with God’s calling.
I know, I know you want to do your own thing. Live by your own rules, and yield to no one-  not even God. I’ve been there before, where you are today. You want to have fun, and live a little. I understand, but if you believe in heaven, you can’t deny hell.

Because of our sinful nature, we are all hell worthy. Hell bent, bent on going to hell. I always question myself on mentioning hell, because I don’t want people to be driven to God out of fear. We’re called to fear God, not hell.  But, the truth is just the truth. Jesus is coming back, and ALL of us will have to be accountable for every deed, we’ve ever done.

I prayed and asked God to allow me to love the things, He loves. And, to hate the things, He hates. Also, for the things that break His heart, to break mines. It hurts, that people have never accepted God, or have departed from Him.

Living for God is the most awesome journey you can ever imagine. And, I encourage you to take this journey with all of God’s people.

If you have any questions, you’d like me to pray for you, or you need a ‘battle buddy’.

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God bless, I’m praying for you.

Is everybody going to Heaven?

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” Matthew 7:21 (NASB)

Jesus the man preached these words to a crowd of unbelievers. But, the same can be true for those who believe in Jesus. But to those people Jesus says in Matthew 7:23 “I never knew you”. Does Jesus know you? Jesus blankly said ‘calling on my Name is not the password into heaven’.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

There was a poll* done where they surveyed people about there beliefs about God and heaven. Most people believe ‘good people’ would be allowed into heaven. Well, according to Jesus one has to be born again. And, despite all of our belief or unbelief we all want to go to Heaven. Even, atheists would choose a forever with a God they don’t believe in. And, nobody wants to go to hell.

Message: We are ALL candidates for hell no matter how ‘good’ we are.  But, thankfully a man named Jesus was punished for our sins, that we may have a chance to be reconciled with God. This is Good News.

I’ll admit before I got saved I held the same belief. And, I also believed I could put off ‘getting right with God’ for a later time. I thought being born-again must be so dull and boring. And, let’s be honest we all want to have our fun before we surrender to God. Well my friends tomorrow isn’t promise, and it’s arrogant for us to believe so. Only God knows what tomorrow holds.

Only God’s children will be allowed into heaven. Are you God’s child or only His creation? Have you surrendered your life to Jesus? Why not? The following words are the only words that will allow you entry into the Kingdom:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)

Welcome to the Kingdom.

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Further Bible Study: Romans  8 and 12

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