You've got to fight for it

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Couple weeks ago, we are blessed  to meet a dear sister in Christ and her husband, who just graduated from seminary and is now a pastor. They were visiting our church and the husband delivered message taken from James 1.

v. 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

1. Make it your priority/ your first thing to "receive" the Word. We need to fight to get up early; to get out of Facebook; and seek Him first among other things. Then he shared back when he was still in courtship with his now wife and there were times when they lived were apart from each other and got to communicate by mail. When he saw her letter in the mailbox, he would immediately ran to his room, opened, and read it. The Bible is God's love letter to us. If we truly love Jesus then we truly loves His words.

2. Come humbly/ "with meekness" otherwise if we read with proud heart or know-it-all attitude, the book is boring, unrelated, out of date. We never beyond the reach of God's grace.

verse 22 be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

3. True Christian makes it a priority to consistently obey and do the Word of God. Then we will experience true blessing = JOY

I can't agree more. With two young kiddos I found the key to make bible reading happens is by making it a priority, be flexible, and creative. 
a. I tried my best to wake up earlier and do my bible reading and prayer time before the kids wake up.
b. If I couldn't do it in the morning then I do it during their nap time
c. There were times when they didn't nap at the same time and I don't have the luxury of having quiet time alone so I just do it while they are around. Although if that's the case little head often pop up like this:

"Hi ma, what are you reading?"

Then he said, "Mama, Mr. beaver wants to read the Bible too:

Last but not least, I'm closing this post with the words from our Pastor friend, Ben Winarko: "Read the Bible and Do What It Say!"