New journals are hard for me to start writing in! I don’t know why….I’m sure my therapist could walk me through some psychological reason why, like I don’t want to screw up the first thing I put down on the pages, or embarking on new things causes anxiety for me, or I just like things to not be messy and I know what I write in journals gets messy sometimes. But regardless of all the odd reasons why I get hung up STARTING to write in my new journal, I did it.
This is what I wrote:
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways. But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son.” Hebrews 1:1-2
The Bible is the clearest, most trustworthy revelation and measure of God’s character. However, this is not all of God’s heart for you. He wants and intimate close relationship and fellowship with you. He doesn’t want you to agree with a statement of belief or be content with your own understanding, He wants His heart to be your heart.
I just read this commentary and it said “Right belief does not change the world. Correct doctrine does not usher in the Kingdom of God. Your destiny hinges upon a passionate and personal relationship-which is the whole purpose of God’s word.” Such a bold statement for the church today. As we all seek out the ‘right’ church for us to worship in, the right set of doctrinal beliefs, aren’t we really missing the point. Regardless of where we worship or what our church doctrine professes, we need to become passionate believers who, when they read God’s word, they hear his voice booming personally to them. We need to learn to listen intently to His voice and then walk it out in trusting obedience. This comes with reading, hearing, waiting and obeying.
David Wallace said “The Word of God is like a mirror in that it shows us who we really are. It is like a map because it shows us where we need to go. It is like a portrait for it paints for us a picture of who God is.”
George Muller said “If the reader understands very little of the word of God, he ought to read it very much; for the Spirit explains the word by the word….The frequent reading of the Scriptures creates a delight in them, so that the more we read them, the more we desire to do so.”
Isaiah 55:11 recorded “The same thing is true of words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do.”
Jesus came to speak with His words and with His life, about the Kingdom-about the King, about the culture of heaven, and about your place in that Kingdom. God’s word is alive and active. I want it to be alive and active IN me. I want the Holy Spirit to explain the Word of God to me BY the WORD! For that to happen I need to be in the Word, reading…..Listening for God, hearing…..Resting in His presence, waiting……walking it out, obeying.
Let it be.