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No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, it’s always good to go back to what some might call the basics.
Pick up the Holy Bible, no matter how you are feeling at the moment. Before reading it, pray for guidance, understanding and wisdom. If you don’t already have a personal Bible study plan, open the Bible and turn to the page wherever the Holy Spirit leads you. You can’t go wrong because “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
Read what the Lord has led you to read. When you have finished, pray, thanking God for His Words of encouragement and ask Him to help you retain what you have read. Soon you will realize that reading the Word of God is like verbally speaking with our Heavenly Father, one to One, in a place far away from the distractions of life. It is a place where your spirit can relax in His presence while He empowers you with truth and light.
At the end of this time well spent, you feel refreshed, new and alive, like you’ve met the Lord for the first time. You feel safe and secure in the very Word that gives you hope, peace, joy and the feeling of being loved like never before. Everything is suddenly clear and full of purpose.
WARNING: these feelings may only last for a while since a faithful relationship with the Lord is developed by loving Him enough to read and apply His Word throughout your lifetime. If reading God’s Word only makes you feel better for the moment, then you may want to spend more time with the Lord by repeating these instructions as often as possible for further enrichment.
Revised blogs from Blessings in Blogs: Living Effectively by Genia M. Owens, originally published by Trafford Publishing. © Copyright 2012, www.trafford.com
Genia Owens is an e-book Developer at WORDsearch who loves to inspire others through writing. She also enjoys watching a good movie with popcorn, spending time with family and friends, and going on outings with her husband to take photos for their online photography art business – GREO Galleries Unlimited (http://fineartamerica.com/