Over the summer my husband preached a series of messages based on Andy Stanley’s “TEXT” sermon series. It was a very practical yet very motivating message about the importance of God’s Word.
I think as Christians we know the importance of the Bible. We know this is how God speaks to us in this day and age. He can speak to us through burning bushes or animals if he chooses, but in today’s world He chooses to speak to us through His Word. And the people who were alive during the time of burning bushes and talking donkeys did not have the entire Word of God, wrapped up in a nice leather binder, to read at their convenience.
The truth is we read what’s important to us – text messages, Facebook, and then maybe the Bible. Honestly, I know I read my text messages and Facebook more than I read my Bible. I don’t think it’s necessarily about how much we read, but what we read first. And I am guilty of picking up my phone first thing in the morning and checking Facebook to see what’s going on in the world.
I am not here to condemn you, but to help you think about what’s most important.
For this particular series, the Scripture my husband preached on was Psalm 119:97-105.
I’m a note-taker, so I have my journal with me at church and jot things down as they come to mind. Here’s what I wrote during this particular message:
When I was recovering from depression, I read the Word, applied it, and my whole mindset changed.
This is one of the most honest statements I can make about my battle with depression. I know if it was not for my faith in Jesus, I would have left my family. I remember vividly thinking about how I could run away somewhere by myself, leave my family behind, because they would be better off without me. I also entertained the idea of leaving my husband and taking the kids, because our marriage felt dead to me.
The reasons I did not leave my family are simple: I knew it was not based on truth; I knew leaving them would not solve a thin; and only God’s healing in my life and our marriage would save our family.
When we were struggling financially we chose to follow God’s Word about how we use our finances.
For so long we had used credit to “make us happy”. Someday we will be financially secure but until then let’s just take this vacation on credit. Someday I’ll be able to buy all the clothing I want but until then let’s just let the department store credit cards help us a bit. We used the “someday but for now” mindset when it came to spending our money. Please let me tell you this is terrible!! Our children are probably sick of hearing “no we can’t get that it’s not in our budget” or “we can’t take a vacation this year because we’re saving up for a Disney vacation next year”. I really don’t care if they’re sick of it. In fact, I hope they are!! I want to save them from all the unnecessary misery we created for ourselves.
When I read and believed God’s Word I learned how much God honestly loves me.
This was one of the things I struggled with the most, and realized it during my time in counseling. You want to know what it took for me to finally believe God’s love for me? Reading and listening to scripture over and over again. Scriptures like:
II Corinthians 5:17-18 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.
Jeremiah 31:3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
And there are so many more. These parts of God’s Word showed me that not only does He love me, but He loves me enough to remind me all. the. time. He loves me enough to not only save me spiritually but to give me a new victorious life on this earth. His love is unfailing and never grows weary and trust me, I’m positive I test His patience every single day.
Sometimes I need a reminder of how good God is to me, and how important – no, life altering being in God’s Word truly is.
How has God’s Word changed your life?