I am honored to welcome this month’s Inspired blogger, Vanessa, as she shares her heart today!
One Sunday morning, Pastor Paul stood in front of a gathering of the congregation to announce a new adult bible study series. When he noted that there may be some who are not comfortable reading the bible, one woman piped up, “That’s just silly! Why aren’t they?!?” Yea, she was known for being a bit, er… blunt.
For many seasoned believers it can be difficult to imagine not being comfortable in His word. If you were raised in the church you probably grew up with scripture being spoken, read, taught, discussed and prayed over.
For others, though, scripture can seem intimidating and daunting. Cracking open a bible may bring anxiety and stress instead of the comfort and peace it holds. Reading unfamiliar passages (and even, perhaps, familiar ones) may produce more questions than answers.
It certainly doesn’t help that the enemy is ever-present in our world, working tirelessly to distort His word. With his help it has been skewed, warped, removed from context and misused time and time again. And it is so easy to give in to the misconceptions that abound and to feel that this giant book is just too big to tackle.
But we mustn’t let anything keep us from seeking God, and His word is what He has given us so we may know Him intimately.
In His word we see His mercy, grace, and steadfast love. He provides us the instruction and guidance to help us navigate the rough waters of life. He gives us all we need to trust in Him so we may share in His amazing gift of redemption.
It is through reading and studying and diving into scripture that we receive Jesus and the gift of salvation that He offers, for Christ is the living word.
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
(2 John 1:9)
I urge you to dive in and discover His word today.
If you are one who is feeling a bit timid, please know that God has given you the scriptures to not only free you from sin, but also to build a relationship with you. For you, I pray you will find His comforting embrace in His word, that He will bring you peace and understanding as you begin to study.
If you already are comfortable in His word, please work to be a blessing to others, to encourage others in their study, and to help them along their journey with Christ. For you, I pray you will continue to devote your time to being with Him, and that He would give you the words needed as you help guide those who may need a mentor or discerning friend.
I want to personally invite each of you to join me (and three of my good friends) for a new link-up coming in August. Each week we will have a scripture verse to study. Everyone will study the same verse using our GROW acronym as a guide:
G – (Greet) Welcome God’s presence into your study with prayer.
R – (Read) Read the verse a few times silently and aloud.
O – (Observe) Ask yourself what stood out as you read this verse.
W – (Write) Write out the verse, your observations and a prayer.
Then we will link-up our reflections on the verse, sharing what we’ve learned, encouraging each other in our study. Our prayer is that through this link up we can not only support one another as we dive into His word, but that we will truly grow in our faith and relationship with our Lord.
We are incredibly excited about this — and will be celebrating the kick-off with an amazing giveaway! For more information, please visit the information page here.
Many blessings to you as you seek Him in His word!
Vanessa (formerly known as April) writes words of encouragement and faith at Hearts On Guard. She is a proud Army National Guard Wife and working mom to two toddlers. She loves to share God’s grace and love with others, connecting with women to help them along their walk with Christ. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Thank you Vanessa! You bless me and challenge me by your words today!