Posted by: Brian Musser | January 17, 2013

God Speaks through the Scriptures

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 2 Bible Reading (Day 10)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

As we continue on our journey in developing the  spiritual disciplines that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives we will continue to make prayer a habit.  Please take a moment using what we have developed last week and talk to God.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive us of our sins.
  3. Ask God to bless us.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank God for the good things He has done for us.

As we grow closer to God we are going to maintain the conversation, but conversations work in both directions.  Last week we focused completely on us talking to God through prayer.  This week we are going to work on hearing from God.  Reading the Bible is how we can hear God.  Because this is how we hear God we need to intentionally develop the habit of reading the Bible regularly.

2 Peter 1:20 + 21 (NIV)  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:10 – 13 (NIV)  These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

The Bible is God’s inspired message to us through the Holy Spirit written by men.  We can be certain that God has spoken to us through the Bible and in those words are what God wants to say to us. David Platt the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Alabama shares a story in his book Radical Together on pages 39 and 40.

Some years ago I sat near the front in a worship service and watched the guest preacher pace back and forth across the stage.  He was a popular speaker in our area, and crowds had come to hear what he had to say.  my first clue that something wasn’t right was when he started by saying, “I forgot my Bible tonight.”

But that didn’t deter him.  he explained that for days he had prayed about what God wanted him to say to us.  he told stories about how he had taken walks in his neighborhood, sat at coffee shops, and reclined in his study.  He was funny, witty, and engaging, and he kept the crowd entertained.

When he came to his conclusion, these were his exact words:  “I tried to do everything I could to figure out what God wanted to say to us, but nothing ever came to my mind.  So maybe that means god simply doesn’t have anything to say to us tonight.”  With that, he prayed and walked off the stage.

I sat there with my Bible in my hands, dumbfounded.  God doesn’t have anything to say to us tonight?  There I was, holding a library of sixty-six books that are decidedly and definitively the Word of God, and this guy had just said that God doesn’t have a word for us?  In my mind I said to this guy, “Just open this book anywhere – to Leviticus, for all I care – and read it, and you’ve got a word from God.  Save yourself the walk around the neighborhood and the cost of your mocha.  Just read the book, God is saying something to us.”

I am thankful for that experience, for it burned a permanent brand into my heart and mind.  In our lives and in the church, we are never without revelation from God.  At all times you and I have his message to us in all its power, authority, clarity and might.  We don’t have to work to come up with a word from God; we simply have to trust the Word he has already given us.  When we do, the Word of God will accomplish the work of God among the people of God.

If you want to know what the God of the universe is saying read the Word He gave us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

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  1. Really needed this today!! Thank you!


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