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Thursday, August 11, 2011

From the Mouth of God

Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: 2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is God-breathed…

There is more to this verse, but I must confess that today this is all that really stands out for me because it gives me so much hope. I am beyond thirsty this morning. I am completely parched. I am in need of the Word that is God-breathed and alive, offering comfort to my weary soul.

If all scripture is God-breathed, then that means every word in the bible can heal us, comfort us, protect us, love us, encourage us, teach us, rebuke us, correct us, train us, and better yet, bring us closer to Him. His Word provides us with an awesome opportunity to get to know Him. The bible is our endless resource to who He is (I AM). It provides us an opportunity to be intimate with God; to have a deep, long lasting romance with Him.

From God's lips to your ears, He has given us an incredible tool to have a real relationship with Him. The Word is directly from God's mouth. It is breathed into our ears. He speaks to us directly through the scriptures. Are you listening? Have you heard?

Reading the bible merely to read it will get you nowhere quickly. I knew someone who was an aethist who read it three times. He didn't get anything from it because he wasn't looking. He was just reading it to tell the world he read it and knew it. But he didn't know the first thing about God or what the bible meant because he wasn't willing to hear God speak. When we read the words instead of listening to them, we are missing out on amazing experiences and opportunities. All scripture is God-breathed. It is God's voice. It is His instructions to us. It is our manual for life. God will speak to you through His Word. He has placed and secured endless promises on over 2000 pages! No one in this world can offer you nearly as much.

Joel Osteen once said that we need to “remind” God of what He’s said or promised. Well, the bible is quite literally God’s promise to us, and we should be well-equipped to call on God’s Word when we need it.

“God, You said You did not give me a spirit of fear or timidity, but of love, power and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7) This is a scripture I pray over Tavin a lot. We started speaking it out loud before church, because he had such a difficult time leaving us. The very first time we prayed this over him, his fear subsided, not entirely, but he was willing to walk on faith and let me leave without clinging to me. Now, every Sunday on our way to church, we pray this in the car and he’s fully able to enjoy himself without fear.

“God, You said that I have received full payment and then some…that I am amply supplied. I trust that You will meet ALL of my needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Phillippians 4:18-19) This is a scripture I am reminding God of every day; that He is our Provider for our finances.

“Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again.” (Psalm 51:10) When I feel myself leaning towards anger, jealousy, or resentment I will pray this verse. I need to pray this scripture nearly every day, and it truly helps me find joy and peace. I almost immediately feel God renewing my heart and refreshing my spirit.

These are just a few scriptures that I pray. I suggest you find your own and remind God daily of the promises He has made to you.

NOTE TO SELF: So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:16 (The Message)

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