Mar 6, 2012
After all, God promises that His Word will —
— strengthen faith (Rom 10:17)
— revive our souls (Psa 19:7)
— bring hope (Rom 15:4)
— break sin’s power (John 8:31-32)
And yet too often we’re bored with it.
A quote that has helped me
John Wesley was an itinerant preacher who planted hundreds of churches and saw thousands brought to faith in 18th-century England.
Here’s a quote from Wesley which God has used many times to wake me up to what I have in God’s Word —
“To candid, reasonable men, I am not afraid to lay open what have been the inmost thoughts of my heart.
“I have thought, I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air.
“I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: Just hovering over the great gulf; till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity!
“I want to know one thing – the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore.
“God himself has condescended to teach the way: For this very end he came from heaven.
“He hath written it down in a book.
“O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God!
“I have it: Here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be [a man of one book].”
(From John Wesley’s “Preface” to the Standard Sermons.)
- We are all headed towards an eternal destiny — either forgiveness of sins and the joy of knowing God — or punishment for sins apart from God (Matt 25:46).
- In great mercy God has told us how we can be forgiven for our sins and enjoy His love now and forever (Heb 1:1-2).
- The way God told us was by coming down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ — and having the truth about Jesus written down in a book (John 20:30-31).
- The Bible you hold in your hands is that book — telling you how to land safe on the happy shore of heaven (2Tim 3:15).
- When you think of eternity, being forgiven for all your sin, and coming to know your Creator — the knowledge found in the Bible is infinitely more valuable than billions of dollars (and that’s an understatement) (Psa 119:72).
How did this impact you?
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Here’s more resources on this topic —
- How George Muller read God’s Word
- Not motivated to read God’s Word?
- Don’t face the lion without your sword
- How George Whitefield read God’s Word
- Tough time reading the Word this morning
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