|Created on YouVersion by Jaida Campbell|
I have been a Bible student since I was around 20-years old. I had never read the Bible from cover to cover before because I was only studying specific scriptures I had heard from sermons and read in books.
I am so glad that the Lord impressed upon me to read the Old Testament because He opened my eyes and helped me to understand the New Testament better.
I have been taking my time as I read and study the scriptures. I start by praising Him for providing the WORD that I am about to receive because He prepared it for me to eat or digest in my heart, my mind my will, and my emotions. I then ask Him to nourish and cleanse me as I feed upon His WORDs.
Every day He speaks to my heart and shows me things about myself that blesses me. He also shows me areas of my life where I need some work. I have read through the Bible so far from Geneses 1 through Proverbs 18. I must say that Proverbs has been very painful to read as the Lord has chastised me in this book more than any other book. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: "16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Do you remember, when you were a child and your parents disciplined you for some misbehavior? I remember what hurt me the most was knowing the hurt and disappointment that my parent felt because I had disappointment them. I would never knowingly do that because I couldn't stand the pain of knowing that I had caused them pain.
Well, unfortunately as hard as I tried to not cause them pain I sometimes failed miserably. I think that our relationship with our Heavenly Father is the same way. It hurts me to think I have disappointed Him. When I let Him talk to me He will correct me, and as painful as it is, it is for my own good so that I may be complete and equipped for every good work that He has for me to do. It's not all about me you know! It's all about me doing His will.
Of all the books of the Bible I've read so far Proverbs made me look at my attitude and helped me to realize that my light has not been shining as bright as I thought it was. I'm sure some of my family and friends must have judged me as; a hypocrite, a liar, fearful, unbelieving and much worse because of the words that came out of my mouth.
The Lord shocked me into perspective when I read Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burnt with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." When I saw that the fearful and unbelieving were at the top of the list I became very upset. In God's eyes the fearful and unbelieving are worse than the murders, whoremongers, and those that worship Satan and idols.
There is a whole lot more I would love to tell you about my discoveries, and my rich treasures the Lord had hidden for me to find. The journey through the Bible is an adventure full of joy and happiness as the Lord reveals Himself to me and how expects righteous living instead of selfish living.
The entire Bible is all about Jesus. Get to know Him and walk in the light with Him. I pray this for you in Jesus Name. Amen