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Psalm 112:4 ” Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

In those times of obscurity and uncertainty there is only one light to seek out…for it will illuminate and give you the spiritual perspective you are searching for.  It’s God Word.  Not man’s word written about it, or feel good flowery prose that tend to water it down.  No, the enlightenment you are seeking can only come from God’s Word and spending time in the Bible.  Psalm 18:28 promises that God will turn my darkness into light, but I have to be willing to go to the source of that light…His Word.

I John 2:26 ” I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”

John was so concerned about the early Church being deceived by false teachers that he repeated this warning later on in his letter…for he wrote in Chapter 3:7 of I John,  “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”  Any teaching that denies Jesus Christ is God incarnate…and any teaching that places any thing or person above Him is fraudulent.  With cunning and wiliness false teachers will  speak of a “type” of Jesus, but if you listen carefully, it’s a corrupt version and not the truth.  So how can you know you’re not being lead down the path of destruction?  Without the firm foundation of the truth of God found in the Bible, we can all be easily duped and mislead.  Open the Bible…read the truth…allow it to formulate the basis of your belief system.  For when you have the truth within…no one will be able to lead you astray.

Psalm 119:148 ” My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises.”

Sadly today,  the Church has been lulled into this self-indulgent form of  “quasi”  Bible Study.  We get all comfy on the couch, usually with a cup of coffee…Christian music playing in the background and a personal Journal on our lap and we wait.  But what we’re jotting down is just our own thoughts, feelings, and emotions…for no where is found an open Bible.  Bible Study is meditating on God’s Word… not on what we think.  Sure, there’s a place for journaling what the Holy Spirit is showing you, but it needs to be grounded in the Word first.

John 5:39 ” You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”

Jesus Christ can be found on each page of the Bible.  So as we read, we need to be continually asking…”How does this Scripture point me to You Lord?”  By personalizing the Scriptures like this…reading the Bible will never become a dry and boring ordeal we just tolerate, but rather an ever new and exciting adventure of discovery.

Joshua 1:8 ” Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Reading the Bible daily…why do we make every excuse known to man about why we can’t? The Lord not only wants us to read His Word daily, but He wants us to sit and think about how it relates to our life after we’re done reading. God wants us to reflect and contemplate what the scriptures are saying to us personally…and in doing so, the His plan for our life will be revealed with clarity and certainty.