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How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery: (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ). (Ephesians 3:3-4)

How do we get to know God? It comes through daily reading the Bible and prayer. God’s Word is alive and will speak to us, if we are willing to listen. Let’s open it and start reading!

To Christians the Bible is the most loved book in the world, but to others it is the most hated book.  In some countries, if you are found with a Bible, or even just a part of it, you can be thrown in jail or put to death. Many persecuted Christians desire to have even a page of God’s Word, no matter the cost.

We are so blessed to have the Bible readily available to us every day.  If we want to get to know someone better, we would need to talk to them to find out more information about them. If we want to know more about God, we read His Word and see what He will show us. I’ve found this to be true.  The more you know about God, the more you will fall in love with Him!

Prayer:  Dear Lord, when I open up Your Word, help me to understand You more. Help me to never take Your Word for granted and to always cherish it. Show me Your mysteries so that I may know You. Amen.

BY MISHELLE NALLY

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I remember the exact moment when I finished reading though the Bible for the first time. I was in my second year at Bible College and I was snuggled in bed. Up to this point I had tried to finish reading my Bible through in a year, but without success. However, something shifted in me when I became resolute to know God more, I became addicted to reading the Bible every chance I had.

The moment I checked off the last box in my Bread Calendar, I felt as if I had just finished running an Olympic Marathon. I was elated beyond words! Do you know that feeling of butterflies you get when you fall in love? Well, that is exactly how I felt. I fell madly deeply in love with God and the love letters He wrote for me. I remember taking my Bible, hugging it and telling God, “Thank you for Your Words of life.”

Falling In Love

Ever since that moment, I have fallen more in love with God and His word. The Bible is unsearchable—it will always have something fresh for you to learn—it will always minister to you—and it will be a shining light in the darkest moments.

Whenever I teach Bible studies, I always say:

“The Bible is the only book you will read that the author will speak directly to you.”

God is always looking for an opportunity to speak to His people. Sometimes He will speak to you in prayer, other times though the guidance of a spiritual leader, but many times He will strengthen you through His Word of Life.

If you have been praying for an answer, seeking confirmation, needing reassurance, or desiring a closer walk from the Lord, then I encourage you to make time to read the Bible today. I promise that it can change your life.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Your word. I pray that I would fall more in love with the Bible everyday because I want to grow in my relationship with You. I desire to know the sound of Your voice; the voice of my shepherd. I believe that You know exactly what I need, so I pray that You will lead me to scriptures that will help me grow. In Jesus name, amen!

 

 

 

“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Leviticus 6:13.

Daily Bible reading has been in Leviticus this week. The Israelites were given so many rules to follow concerning the sacrifices they would make to God. The animal had to be without blemish, and specific for whatever offering it was being used for. There were lists of what was required for different sins they committed. The priest had to follow specific procedures for each offering. Can you imagine having to take an animal to the place of worship, and have the priest kill it and burn it upon the altar? One thing that was stressed over and over was that the fire should never go out on the altar.

This was what was happening every day in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple, until Jesus came on the scene. I am so thankful that He came to be the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. His sacrifice paid the price once and for all. No more bringing the lambs and goats to be sacrificed. His one-time sacrifice was enough for all sin.

Still today there is one thing we must be aware of. Once we accept Jesus as our Saviour, let His blood cleanse us from sin, and His Spirit fill our hearts, we must be careful to keep the fire burning in our hearts. Because we are human, we often find ourselves failing, making mistakes, and having to repent and ask for forgiveness. But He has told us we can come boldly to His throne, confess our sins, and He will freely forgive.

We must keep the fire burning in our hearts, and never let our love for Him diminish. We can do this by meeting Him daily, spending time in prayer and His Word, and taking time to praise and worship Him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are so thankful that your death on Calvary paid the price for all our sins and we no longer must bring animal sacrifices to you. Help us to spend time daily in your presence and keep the fire burning in our hearts.

Devotion by Anne Johnston