Posted by: Brian Musser | January 21, 2013

Asking Others about Difficult Scriptures Is Important

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 2 Bible Reading (Day 14)

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 most often, most effectively and most definitively, we need to intentionally develop the habit of reading the Bible regularly.  

2 Peter 3 :15 – 16  (NIV)  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God  gave him.  He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

On the last day where we are highlighting our development of the spiritual discipline of daily Bible reading, I want to mention some things Peter said about Paul’s writings which are included in the Bible.  Peter viewed Paul’s letters as Scripture.  Peter thought that some of things Paul said were hard to understand.  And Peter knew that others would be able to misinterpret them.

Allow me to say somethings to you about reading the Bible as you move forward.  Do not worry about not understanding some of it.  There are some parts of the Bible that are hard to understand.  If some of the Bible confuses you it is okay.  Secondly, allow others, especially your mentor and/or peer prayer partner to help you understand parts of the Bible that you are unsure of.  Your church and its pastor will be an excellent choice as well.  When (not if) you are confused by the Bible never be afraid to ask someone questions.  Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t let not understanding something keep you from reading the rest of Scripture.

If you have been keeping up with us, we have spent two weeks praying and two weeks reading at least a small portion of the Bible.  If it takes us only 21 days to form a habit then we are two thirds of the way to making prayer and Bible reading a habit in our lives.  Tomorrow we will start a week looking at our personal worship of God.  We will worship in the context of prayer and use our daily Bible reading to highlight parts about God’s awesomeness that deserve our worship.  I can’t wait to get started tomorrow!


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