As you are reading your Bible at home you might see something about the words that strike you as interesting, or you are listening to a teaching and as you follow it in your Bible something catches your attention. This is the Spirit of God pointing to something He wants you to understand. “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (I Corinthians 2:11b-12 ESV).
Now be honest, will you remember what is was that caught your attention a day later? Will you remember where in the Word it was? D.L. Moody, the “Billy Graham” of the late 1800s, wrote in his book Golden Counsels (1899), “Unless you have an uncommon memory, you cannot retain the good things you hear. If you trust to your ear alone, they will escape you in a day or two; but, if you mark your Bible, and enlist the aid of your eye, you will never lose them.”
So let’s talk about Bible marking, a common practice in Moody’s day but rarely mentioned now. Today in many churches the scripture texts are placed on a screen, enhancing the “spectator” attitude to the service and giving the impression that you don’t need a Bible; “come just as you are!” As a young Christian, I saw many fellow believers write in their Bibles. Read More
It is possible for a child of God to have a new life and a new heart but be without a new head. With too many saints, the mind, though their heart is new, is still quite old.
Their heart is full of love whereas their head is totally lacking in perception. How often the intents of the heart are utterly pure and yet the thoughts in the head are confused. Having become saturated with a mishmash of everything, the mind lacks the most signal element of all, which is spiritual insight.
Countless saints genuinely love all children of God, but unfortunately their brain is stuffed with a hodgepodge of theories, opinions and objectives. Read More
My previous two posts on enjoying the Bible can be summed up with these words, “You will never ‘enjoy’ the Bible if you read it as a discipline (‘a verse a day keeps the devil away’); you will get excited when you simply read the words that are written because they taste good for your spirit.” Remember Jeremiah, who wrote, “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV). Let’s explore the ways in which you can read your Bible.
In the mid-1950s, before I went to Bible College, I purchased a 90-page paperback book titled “Enjoy Your Bible” by G.R. Harding-Wood of England. It cost me all of five shillings Australian (50 cents) and though it lost its front cover decades ago, I still refer to the book. I went through four editions (printings) in five years, so it was well received by those searching for help in enjoying their Bibles. In the second chapter the author makes four suggestions on turning your Bible reading from a duty to a joy. I am going to use his points as the framework for this discussion and add my own comments.
First, “How does a bride read a love letter? She read every word of it, that is, completely.” “God is love” (I John 4:8 ESV) and “God’s love has been poured into our hearts” (Romans 5:5), so the analogy is authentic. Yet “completely” is not how most people read their Bibles, our Father’s love-letter to us. Read More