Learn to USE your Bible – Week Six – Part One 💕
Do you KNOW the Jesus of the Bible?
“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! “I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive.
At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you. “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.” John 14:17-22 The Message Bible
As we begin our sixth week together, my sincere hope and prayer is that you are closer to the Lord Jesus; more familiar with him and with the Holy Spirit than ever before. These verses from The Message Bible speak eloquently of what it means to LOVE the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior and KNOW his Holy Spirit as your Comforter, Counselor and Friend. When we KNOW and LOVE God as Father, Jesus as Savior and the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Counselor and Friend, we come alive!
When we KNOW and LOVE the Jesus of the Bible we know absolutely that Jesus is in the Father, that we are in Christ and that the Holy Spirit of God is IN us.
When we USE the Bible as an Owner’s Manual for life, our knowledge grows, and as it grows our love also grows. As our knowledge and love for the Lord Jesus grow, his promise is to love us and make himself plain to us.
What an enormous blessing!
Before we move on to indexing the Books of Hebrews and James I want to share three quotes with you that have touched my life greatly:
Many years ago, during a Christian Woman’s Conference, I heard Muriel Cook ask, “Where does your mind go in the quiet moments? That will tell you who you love.”
A few years later, at another Conference, Coleen Townsend Evans read Psalm 121 to us…
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved,
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade
on your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and for evermore.
And then she said, “Get rid of the idea that your spiritual state and condition depend on yourself. It is Christ’s responsibility to keep you where you belong. Don’t be a do-it-yourself Christian.”
And just a few months ago I heard Jeremy Pearsons say, “There are three rules for building your faith: 1) Mediate on how much He loves you. 2) Mediate on how much He LOVES you. And 3) Mediate on how much He loves YOU.”
I pray that these deep and significant truths will impact your thinking as they have mine.
Before moving on, consider the following verses. They will reinforce your thinking.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 3:5-7 My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat, and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips, when I think of thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the watches of the night; for thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy.
Psalm 9:10 And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.
Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
John 16:26-28 In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.