Sunday, June 14, 2009

Who Says You Have to Read?

This week, I stepped away from my Bible for a few days just to see what would happen. I have had so many people tell me that reading the Word is not that important, that you can just go to church and everything be fine. I have been told that serving the Lord is not important, that just going to church is fine.

I am here to tell you that just going to church is NOT fine! I have struggled all week long with my old nature and my old habits. Not that I would go back to them, but I found myself contemplating things. . . things I would not have thought on otherwise.

Taking in God's word is not simply reading a few Scriptures to check off your "to-do" list. This is a time of refocusing on what God wants from us as individual follwers of Christ. In fact, Jesus Himself went away every morning to spend private time with God. Now if it was something that JESUS. . . the Holy one of God, the sinless One, the Righteousness of God thought was important, then why in the world do we feel that we don't need to?

Here are some things I realized this week as I tried my little experiment.

  • Not reading allowed my mind to think on other things. Many times during the past week, I found my mind trailing to my past indescretions before I fell in love with God. I was amazed at how quickly our minds revert back to their old ways when we are not filling them with God's Holy Word.
  • I found myself being disensitized to things that would normally cause my stomach to churn.
  • I found myself angry and upset at people and things that I had no control over. My anger festered and caused problems that normally would have been resolved in just a few minutes, because I would have picked up my Bible and read something to help me understand my emotions.
  • I realized that a person who does not spend regular time in God's word can and will walk away from Him at some point. When you are not faced with yourself daily, it is easy to run.

This morning I picked up my Bible eager to read some of the wonderful truths that have filled my life for the last 10 years and this is what God brought to my attention:

I love You, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

my God, my mountain were I seek refuge

my shield and the horn of my salvation,

my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

and I was saved from my enemies.

The ropes of death were wrapped around me;

the torments of destruction terrified me.

The ropes of Sheol entagled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

I called to the Lord in my distress,

and I cried to my God for help.

From His temple He heard my voice,

and my cry to Him reached His ears.

Psalm 18:1-6

To know that when I cry out, He hears me. He hears me. That causes my heart to go pitter patter. Think of a new mother, or for that matter, a mother in general, young or old, new or seasoned. When her child cries out, what happens? There can be 400 children in a room and you let one child cry out and THAT mother knows her child's cry. She immediately runs to that child. Now, take that same analogy with God. When our cries reach His ears, that is exactly what He does. I am so blessed to know that my Father, my Abba, my Daddy does that for me.

I am telling you that it is SO important to read God's word. Just going to church is never enough. You will run out of fuel before the week is over and if you are not reading, you will have nothing to get you going. You will sit on the roadside watching life pass you by.!


Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Hi there
Can I just say how much I am enjoying your blog. You are so honest and that is a great quality to have in your writing. I really identify with a lot of what you say and am encouraged by your post about reading God's word. We cannot just go to Church each Sunday and survive the week. Being a Christian is a fulltime, 24-7 occupation and a daily struggle. Is it no wonder we need to pray and read regularly.
Thanks again
Love Collette x

Brandee said...

I agree with you 110%! It is in that DAILY relationship where we learn who Christ is, God's character and how much He loves us. Going to church once a week and listening to a 30 minute sermon is not enough. It is in that daily walk where we become all that HE designed us to be, fulfill our life's purpose and calling. I am passionate about women knowing that and I can tell you are as well. I want women to know that once they experience Christ in every day life they will NEVER want to have a single day without Him. One day in His courts is far better than 1000 anywhere (Psalm 84:10)! I don't want to live a single day without His presence!

Brandee, TN

PS Great job on the changes you are making! You go girl :)