Friday, July 4, 2014

Baby Steps

I almost didn't do this...didn't I say that's what happens...good intentions and all. But here I am, thank You God for those heart tugs. Didn't actually do any official studying today but here are some thoughts.
Baby Steps...
Wasn't sure where to begin but since my goal is to study the entire Bible, it makes sense to start at the "Blue Letter Bible." is a great study for online/digital users. There is a great lexicon and a bunch of translations, not to mention dictionaries and commentaries. I believe God wants me to focus on asking the Holy Spirit to show me and not depend on the teachings of man.  He has blessed some with the gift of teaching so He can teach us through others. We just need to remember to test the spirits and watch our life and doctrine closely.
book f Genesis. The
Ready, Set...Study....
Regarding what translation of the Bible I believe I need to use. To date, based on prayer and experience, so far the King James is the main one, but not the only one. I do like referring to the New Living Translation paraphrase and comparing with other translations. And then another helpful tool is the Greek/Hebrew lexicon that you can use on the online versions.
And...if you have a hard time writing or typing like I am right now, due to muscle fatigue, you can make notes by audio or video. I may try that.
Study tools...
If you are going to do the inductive Bible study method (there seem to be a few variations of it), you will have seen that you are to have coloured pencils and markers and a Bible and notebook to make notes and cool codes beside passages and such. Because of my physical issues, lifting heavy Bibles are difficult, so I am going to try to do my study digitally.
Disclaimer :o) Ultimately, these study blogs are meant to help me be accountable and not being made "pretty" for the public. Obviously, blogging means it is open to anyone who happens to look. Bonus if anyone out in internet land finds anything here useful. Please keep in mind, I do not plan, so far, to make this fancy production for, so forgive me if anything isn't of good visual or audio quality. Lord willing, I will be here every day to record my study. If you want to join along, feel free.
Jesus Is The Word

I just read yesterday, that less than 10 percent of Christians have read the Bible cover to cover. It is
actually rather stunning to think that 90 percent of us who claim to believe in Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Saviour,  have not read His Word. How can that even be possible? Oh, but it is. I have been a believer for over twenty years and even though I have read portions of the Bible throughout, I can only remember purposely reading cover to cover once! Shame on me.
The How To Manual
Wait a minute, if we buy a new gadget or do dad, we always read the owner's manual - don't we? Well, I am one of those people who tend to wing it and try to figure out how to work something by trial and error. But, you know where that leads me? Firstly, I don't get the full usage or benefit of the item because I don't even know how to use it properly. Secondly, I end up damaging or hurting it, or myself. Depending on what it is, I may even ruin it. Hmmm....well, apply that to the becoming a Christian and it explains a lot. If we turn our life over to Jesus, yet do not read His Owner's Manual, how on earth can we live as Christians? It makes sense why so many of us, 90 percent to be more precise, failing, flip flopping and running around blindly, no different from the rest of the world. Thankfully God is patient and we can't earn our salvation. But He doesn't want us to just do our own thing, our own way. Here are some of many passages about His Word.

[Psa 19:7-14 KJV] 7 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward. 12 Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults]. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

[Jhn 1:1-5 KJV] 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

[Jhn 1:14, 18 KJV] 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ... 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

[Heb 11:3 KJV] 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

[Psa 119:160 KJV] 160 Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.

[Psa 119:50 KJV] 50 This [is] my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Thank you Lord for tugging at my heart and causing me to come here to be accountable by blogging what I study. Help me tomorrow to dive in and actually do that deeper studying part. Please help all of us to hunger and thirst for more of You. Give us wisdom  and discernment to understand and know You better and please bless anyone who reads this blog. Help them to know how much You love them and want them to let You into their life. Thank You for your love, forgiveness, patience and that you love us more than we can ever know. Help us to honour You in all we do. In Jesus' Name, Amen