Mar 8, 2012
You’ve experienced it.
You finish your Bible reading, but can’t remember what you read.
Or maybe you remember, but it’s done nothing for you — your heart is the same as when you started.
That’s what I’ve experienced recently.
What helped today’s reading
So this morning I tried something different.
I started by writing down my heart-struggles —
- Jealous about a recent development in someone’s life.
- Frustrated about an unresolved scheduling issue.
- Anxious about a conversation I need to have with someone.
- Worried about a financial decision.
Then I prayed and asked the Father to use my Bible reading to help with each of these.
And then I started reading.
This morning Bible reading plan had me reading Numbers 15-17, Psalm 54, Matthew 23, and Romans 5.
Numbers 15:35 —
- A man who worked on the Sabbath was stoned to death.
- This sobered me about the seriousness of sin — which would include my jealousy.
- I repented and prayed for God to set me free.
Numbers 15:41 —
- God reminds Moses that He is the God who miraculously brought them out of Egypt.
- My scheduling problem is tiny compared to being enslaved in Egypt.
- Praying over this strengthened my faith that God would solve the scheduling problem.
Numbers 16:10 —
- God honored Korah by having him serve in the tabernacle.
- But now Korah grumbles because he wants to be a priest.
- God says — “Is the call to tabernacle-serving too small?”
- Ouch. Is all that God has given me so small that I’d be jealous of someone else? No way. I repent some more.
- I also stop and give thanks for the astonishing mercy God has shown me.
Psalm 54:4 —
- I lingered here for a while — “God is my helper.”
- Big, massive God is committed to helping little me. Awesome.
- I specifically brought each concern to Him — and asked Him to help.
- This strengthened my faith and brought me peace.
Psalm 54:7 —
- “He has delivered me from EVERY trouble.” Wow.
- I prayed over that, trusting that He would deliver me concerning my scheduling problem, upcoming conversation, financial decisions.
Matthew 23:13 —
- I was encouraged that through Jesus I am now in the Kingdom of heaven — knowing God’s love and care.
- This helped with every area I had listed.
- This also strengthened my compassion for lost people who are still in Satan’s kingdom.
Romans 5:20 —
- My sin of jealousy is not too much for Jesus — His grace is abundantly ready to forgive and free me.
This morning’s Bible-reading was more powerful than I’ve had for a while.
So next time you read God’s Word, try this —
- Start by honestly listing your heart-struggles.
- Pray earnestly for God to speak to each of them through His Word.
- Read, being on the lookout for verses that speak to your needs.
- Pray over those verses until you feel God meeting you in His Word.
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- How George Whitefield read God’s Word.
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- How George Muller read God’s Word.
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