New Book

In addition to reading Transforming Grace, I have also started reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. (Hurrah for Kindle deals!) Forgotten God deals with how we view the Holy Spirit, and how Christians seems to live as though He doesn’t even exist.
Finding this book came at the perfect time for me. It is a matter that the Lord convicted me of a few years ago as I was preparing to graduate from the baptist university I attended. I saw it there so much, this seeming ignoring of the Holy Spirit and His working in the Christian’s life. But it has really, just in the past 2 weeks come to be something that I really need to look at. As me and my husband prepare for the birth of our precious daughter in July, there are so many things that have us feeling overwhelmed. On top of that, my husband has just found out about some health issues that, while not serious now, will develop into something more serious if changes are not made in his diet and lifestyle. For the past 2 weeks, I have felt more overwhelmed then usual, having to go through my cupboards and think about what he can and can’t eat, and now what I can buy at the grocery store and can’t.
I even went through a day last week where I blamed myself for what was going on. I blamed myself for not being a good enough wife to make sure that he had eaten what he was supposed to. If I had, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. (He has not made me feel like that. At all. That was all me.) For a few days, I really did feel alone, thinking I had somehow caused what was happening and I had to somehow get myself out of it.
I did, after a few hours, realize that it wasn’t my fault. And not really his. We are doing the best we can with what he have. And there are some things you just can’t stop from happening. And when it does, you just get up and move on.
So, while the blaming myself past, the feeling of being overwhelmed and feeling like I had to fix everything by myself didn’t. I felt like I had this huge burden on me of not only caring for myself and the child inside me, but now, having to make sure it is easy for my husband to eat how he needs to and keep himself healthy. And while yes, this is my job as his wife and mother of our baby, it is still overwhelming and can feel like you have to just have to take that leap of faith. Which is exactly what I have learned so far from this book and as I learn more about God and His Holy Spirit. It *is* a leap of faith. I have no idea what the future is going to hold. I have no idea if my husband is going to get worse or better. I have no idea if I am safely going to bring our baby into the world. I have no idea how things are going to turn out. But God does. All I have to do is what I know is right and trust Him. And learn to have a relationship with this Helper and Comforter that He sent over 2000 years ago. That is why He sent Him. To grow with Him in the good times, and lean on Him in the bad. With Him, I take that leap of faith while He is taking that burden.

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

More Precious Than Gold – Night One

My church did a conference last month with several other churches in our area. They do this every year, and each year it is a great blessing. This year’s focus was on the Scriptures, how important they are and the attitude a Christian should have toward them.

The first night, my pastor gave a message entitled “Cherish the Scriptures”. His focus was on Psalm 119, opening with verse 131.

I open my mount and pant, because I long for your commandments. ~Psalm 119:131.

Out of all the chapters in the Bible, none say more about the Scriptures then Psalm 119. Out of the 176 verses in the chapter, all but 7 mention the Bible in some form, using words like law, rules, and precepts.

Many verses in Psalm 119 talk of a longing for God’s Word and desire for something very precious. Here are just a few:

My soul in consumed with longing for your rules at all times. ~Psalm 119:20

Behold, I long for your precepts, in your righteousness you give me life. ~Psalm 119:40

The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. ~Psalm 119:72.

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. ~Psalm 119:97

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. ~Psalm 119:103

What is interesting is the writer is talking about a longing for the Law. The books that most people tend to skip over when reading the Bible. These books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. If you are familiar with these books, you know that they talk about some pretty heavy stuff! But these are the books that the writer of Psalm 119 longs for. Why? Because it is the Word of God. They outline His standards for living. Not only that, they point out how short we fall of meeting those standards and how desperately we need a Savior.

So after looking at these verse in Psalm 119, we have to ask ourselves this question. What is my attitude toward the Word of God? Do I read it out of guilt? As if reading it is something I have to do in order to earn some kind of merit points with God? Do I read it out of respect for all the heavy stuff it deals with? Or, do I read it simply because I love to read the Words of God?

Ideally, the answer would be the last one. But we all know that that is not always the case. So, we need to ask ourselves this question.

Why should I cherish the Bible?

Here are 3 main reasons:
1. They reveal God’s ways.
The Scriptures tell us what God expects of us.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. ~Psalm 119:9

I Have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~Psalm 119:11

Put false ways from me and graciously teach me your law. ~Psalm 119:29.

2. The Scriptures reveal God’s works.

Forever, O Lord, your word is firm fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You have established the earth, and it stands fast. By Your appointment they stand this day , for all things are your servants.” ~Psalm 119:89-91

3. The Scriptures reveal God.

With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments! ~Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10 is the key to understanding the chapter. The Psalmist is taking a whole chapter, 176 verses, to tell of not just his love of Scriptures, but his love of God.

The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. ~Psalm 119:57

You are my hiding place and shield; I hope in Your word. ~Psalm 119:114

There is no way to know about God apart from Scripture. The Scriptures are God’s word to us to tell us about Him and to teach us about who He is. For those reasons alone, the Scriptures are indeed more precious than gold.