Monday, March 17, 2014

The Bible Is God Speaking to You (3)

'Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so may grow...' 1 Peter 2:2 NIV
Henry J. Heinz, founder of the Heinz food company, introduced the marketing slogan '57 Varieties' in 1896, depicting the range of their products. 
Well, most of us have at least that many excuses for not reading our Bible every day. 
You say, 
'But I have a very busy life.
Edgar G. Watts of California, aged 84, 
read the Bible from cover to cover 161 times. And here's something you probably don't know: he had the use of only one eye for 55 years. 
Can you imagine
telling a physical trainer you'd really like to be fit, but you don't have the time to come to the gym?  
He'd say that you're not serious!
Jeremiah said, 
'When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight...' (Jeremiah 15:16 NIV). 
Developing a love for the Scriptures requires three things: 
(1) Decision. 
You must establish Bible reading as one of your daily priorities or it'll never happen.
(2) Duty. 
You may not feel like going to work each day, or caring for your family, but you know it's your duty so you do it. What about your soul? Don't you have a duty to feed yourself spiritually and stay strong? 
(3) Delight. 
When you reach this phase, the battle over Bible reading is won.
When business leaders are about to make an important decision, they say,
'It's time to pull the trigger'. Stop 'dabbling'! 
It's time to pull the trigger and give God's Word its rightful place in your life.
'Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up.'
Soul Food: 2 Kings 10-12, Matt 21:1-11, Ps 135, Pro 7:21-23

Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Friday, 14 March 2014
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