Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
Pastor Rod has just finished up a bible study entitled, “How to Study the Bible for All it’s Worth.” He laid out practical ways to begin reading the Bible so we would understand what God is saying to us. With intentional reading we will discover His direction, His plans, His correction, and His great love for us. Because there’s so much deception in our world, it is very important that we become grounded in the Scriptures. Go see Pastor Rod for his Bible study outline.
You need a desire and commitment to begin letting God’s Word shape your mind, emotions, and will. Think of an area of need or struggle in your life. Now find a passage in the Bible that addresses that situation. For example, if someone has hurt you, find verses about forgiveness in a concordance or the back of your Bible for a subject list.
Here’s one on forgiveness: Look up Colossians 3:13
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
As you read the passage, look for God’s instructions, and begin doing what He says. The word “bear” with each other, means to tolerate, stomach, accept, swallow, endure, and suffer. And then it says to go ahead and forgive whatever differences between each other, because the Lord has already forgiven you. You are now experiencing a truth in God’s Living Word and it is taking root right now! Once you experience the blessing of obedience in following God’s instructions about forgiveness, you will run for the next chance to read, study, and apply what the Lord reveals about other aspects of your life. I have found that a good way to plant these truths firmly in the heart is to write them down and review them regularly.
One benefit of building truth into your life is freedom. Areas of sin or feelings of uncertainty, and our own shortcomings, hold us back in so many ways. But when we believe Scripture and act on its truth rather than on the basis of our emotions or desires, we’ll realize that the Lord can overpower whatever holds us captive.
Read the Word – Find the Truth – Feel the Freedom!
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