What if you anticipated your “Bible time” the same way you look forward to something delicious to the taste?
God never intended that the two primary sources of relationship with Him (bible and prayer) would become a lifeless, guilt driven, tasteless experience it’s become for so many.
Your Bible And Prayer Experience Can Be Transformed
Over the next several posts, I’d like to introduce you to some ideas that will help inject new life into your own experiences with the Bible and Prayer. I’m not promising easy. I haven’t completely arrived, myself. However, I have made some discoveries that have launched me into a whole new arena of life with God.
I Stopped Studying The Bible
Yep. I stopped studying the bible. I traded in the idea of “studying the bible” for “searching for treasure.” Sounds like I’m mincing words. Maybe I am, but the “mindset” was important to my progress.
I Knew There Was More To Be Found
I became unsatisfied and bored with just scratching the surface of profoundly deep truth that points the way to the abundant life we seek. I also decided that I couldn’t be satisfied with letting someone else chew all of my spiritual food for me.
So, I decided to use tools easily accessible via computer, smartphone, or an ipad type devise, and “bust open the books” and begin digging for hidden treasure. You may already know what I will be sharing in the next several articles. But, if not…hopefully this will help you search and find your own hidden treasures of abundance.
Let’s Take The Word, “Persuaded.”
My understanding of faith was injected with fresh life and richer depth when I discovered more elements behind the Bible word (Greek) “Persuaded.”
I discovered that it has more shades of meaning than to be convinced of something. The Greek word is also used in the idea of making friends with someone. And, it also contains the meaning, “tranquilize.”
I made the discovery on http://www.blueletterbible.org/
The essence of faith is being persuaded that all your life is bound up in the heart of God. He is the Source of every solution. Faith focuses on Him. That focus of persuasion or conviction is the doorway through which His creative might flows into your circumstances.
Faith Is A Word Of Relationship
So, as I “chewed” on the phrase, ‘I am persuaded,’ I came to a richer understanding of faith. I let the brushes of my imagination paint inner pictures of what it is like to pursue making friends with God and the Words of His mouth. As with any good friend, I realized that the presence of a friend introduces a sense of peace (tranquilize). The more I pondered and searched out practical visual applications, I saw how much the Lord yearns to be a friend that de-stresses my experiences with daily turmoil.
Now, I don’t study for doctrinally correct definitions. I search for ever clearer descriptions of life with God.
And the sum of that is more stimulating conversations with Him.
(to be continued…)