I lead Bible study on Wednesday nights and I LOVE it! I adore studying God's word and then meeting together with a group of women to talk about what God's revealed to each of us.
I've led Bible Study for the past 8 or so years and I'm in awe of a God who would use me to lead His children. He sure thinks I can do it. I, on the other hand, have great doubts. And since I have the doubts, I look to Him for my strength and wisdom. Really a good thing 'cause you don't want to be in a Bible study where I'm working on my own strength and wisdom — and for those of you who've been with me when I was having one of those flying solo days … I'm sorry! I am working hard to never do that again.
The past many, many months God has been all over me to talk about the need to KNOW Him! Not know of Him, but KNOW Him. For so many years I knew of God, I was saved by grace, but I stopped there. I didn't grow in faith. I didn't spend time studying God's Word. I didn't KNOW Him. I just existed in a place of faith infancy — and that's not a good place to be.
In my immaturity I made one or 744 mistakes and missteps. It took me quite some time to mature in my faith — about 20+ years just to get out of the baby stage. And I'm still growing and learning, but today I can say that I KNOW God. I have a personal and intimate relationship with the Holy and Awesome God.
One thing that God has impressed on me over and OVER is read His Word. Read it daily and consider it throughout the day. Get a verse and just stew in it. I love that visual — just stew in it. Immerse yourself in it. See where it leads you. Take a book of the Bible and study it. Get involved in Bible study. Sit under solid Bible teachers. But most important — open His Word and read it. He speaks to us through His Word, He teaches us through His Word, and He shows His love for us through His Word. It's all there, in the pages of that Bible.
For the past several months God has been all over me and I mean all over in a BIG way to say these words. Girls — we got to get serious. He has work for us to do and we can't do it if we don't KNOW Him. Focus on Him. Dedicate time to Him. Study His Word. Spend time in prayer with Him. Be renewed by Him, be refreshed by Him and Rejoice in Him.
My sweet and wonderful Wednesday night Bible study group has heard me preach this numerous times. Look y'all, I'm telling all the internet bloggy people too! All 12 people that read my blog.
Back on point. God WANTS a relationship with you. He WANTS to reveal Himself to you! He WANTS you to know Him (as best we can in our human understanding). He has a work for you and for me. Go there with Him. You won't be sorry! You'll love the adventure He has for you. It won't all be easy and it won't all be fun. But it will be breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and life-changing. God has so much for you — and I don't want you to miss one second of anything that He has for you!
I'm praying this verse over all of you — Lord, show them the blessing of You:
And I want to leave you with the verse that speaks to my heart:
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Ps 103:4 (EXV)
He redeemed my life from the pit and He loves me. He loves you too, Sister!
Get in God's Word and get ready for an ADVENTURE in Christ!
That part about “stewing” made me think of a post I wrote almost two years ago, now (Wow. Who knew this blog thing would last that long??). See if it doesn’t remind you of it, as well:
Love you girl,
(All 12 readers – me too!)
I just had to comment to say that I am once again reminded how similar we are. I didn’t realize you had the same type of spiritual growth that I did (none!)!
(I should have phrased had had the same spiritual growth (none) that I had….Because we’re growing now – Praise the Lord!)
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY Agree! We need to KNOW HIM. God has been trying to get that through my thick scull for years. Slowly but surely I am getting to know Him.
It’s so weird how I get to know Him more through the tough times when I have to flesh out my faith. He is faithful.
Thanks for your friendship and your blog.