Okay grab a cup of coffee, tea, or drink of your choice and let’s get this show underway.
“Wow, you’re being a little…ummm…flip, aren’t you…for such a holy subject?”
Nope. Not at all. Our spiritual lives are serious, but can be seriously enjoyable, enlightened, and enviable.
One of the termites that’s undermines the foundations of a healthy bible and prayer life is a kind of religiosity in our approach. If anything takes the life out of your relationship with the Lord…abandon it. Drop it like a hot rock.
We need to start delving into the Bible by being relaxed with a sense of anticipation that the Author wants to help us with fresh vitality for living life that’s naturally supernatural. That’s a big purpose in His passionate love for us.
[By the way…I hope you’ve been to the “fishing hole?” I have, and it was pretty cool. The Holy Spirit reminded me in John 14:17b that He’s at home in me. He likes hanging out with me. That touched my heart in a special, encouraging way.]
1. Another word about “Fishing Holes”…
Let me stick to a fishing analogy for just a minute. Different people, depending upon their personalities, fish different ways. <If you don’t fish, hold on for just a second. I’ll move forward soon> Some folks are very patient by personality. That typically makes them good bass fishermen/women. It takes patience. But others grow tired of one spot quickly. If that’s you…move on. Find another hole (place to read).
The Holy Spirit is the Master of Creative Variety. Don’t hesitate to try different places and/or books. Maybe that’s what you need to do if nothing seems to be causing that little vibration within. Change locations. God doesn’t expect that you’re going to hang on every word from His mouth every time you read. Flip the pages. Look around a bit. Something will “pop.” And I say, “Go for the ‘pop!’ It feels so good 🙂
2. Read Through The Eyes of Jesus
This is another pretty simple approach to breathing a breath of fresh air into what you are reading. Let me give you an example: Here are a few verses from John 3 in the English Standard Version (ESV):
“Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so they they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm? To save life, or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart and I said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
Through the eyes of Jesus:
“Again I entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And everyone was watching me to see whether I would heal the man on the Sabbath so that they might accuse me. So I said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” Then I said to those watching me and the man, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm? To save life, or to kill? But they were silent. So, I looked around at everyone. I was angry and grieved at their hardness of heart. I said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
I’ve personally found this to be a way to read that makes the scriptures very personal. Jesus stands up off the page as more real. It also seems that the Holy Spirit has easier access to stir my own heart. Actually you can also personalize some other texts in the same way.
So, let’s make that good for today. Sometime soon, try this method of reading to enhance your experience. When you do, leave a comment in the box provided. This is a community journey.
Till next time…
<To be continued….>