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Encouraging, motivational, inspirational

Study this Book

I’m so excited about this idea “Study this Book.” Each week we’ll select scriptures, a chapter, maybe even a book of the Bible and read it together. At the end of the week, I will come back and share what my favorite scripture was, or what stood out to me.

Why?

  1. studyI want to motivate people to have a relationship with God, by reading His word.
  2. I want to encourage people to read.
  3. I especially want to encourage people to read the Bible.

I understand it’s hard to read the Bible using some of the plans out there.

  1. If you’re trying to read the Bible in a year, it’s a lot of pressure. In the past, once I missed a day or two I felt like giving up.
  2. It’s hard reading the Bible when you don’t feel like you’re receiving support or accountability.
  3. Sometimes it’s hard to understand, based on the version you’re reading or just because you don’t know what you’re reading.

Hopefully, this platform will provide encouragement and accountability, and understanding in some ways for us all.

At the end of the day, this is about you getting alone with God’s Word and reading it. It’s hopefully about you working to build a relationship with Him by studying His Word. Because I can get on here and tell you what I learned, but it will not replace you spending time alone with God yourself and having Him reveal something new to you.

Allow Him to do that. Study this book with us!

Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

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YOLO (You Only Live Once)

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

There is no time like the present. The right time is right now. It’s now or never.

It’s amazing the quotes we learn about being proactive. Even more amazing is the wisdom we accredit to those who have said these things.

We take their wisdom or motivation and encouragement and decide that it’s going to be our new motto. YOLO, right?

The thing is, the Bible said that years and years ago. What makes our society reject the Word of God, yet uphold the words of man in such high esteem. Why is it not good enough for God to have said it for it to be our motto?

Don’t get me wrong. I am a quotes person. I love quotes. However, the more I read, the more I realize that those who are coined with the wisest of phrases have merely taken God’s word and put them in modern form.

So, I say all that to say, read your Bible. If you think you’ve come across a great quote or something worth posting from reading a self-help book, imagine what you’ll find reading God’s Word. You’re in for a real treat.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT) History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.

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God Cares

Psalm 56:8 (NLT) 

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. 

God cares. It’s just that simple. He is never too busy for you. He is never bored with you. He is never tired of you. He cares. 

He keeps track of your tears and records each one in His book. He remembers. He cares enough to remember. The amount of hairs on your head are considered important enough for Him to know. He cares to know. 

Isaiah 49:15 Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you! 

If God cared this much for Jerusalem, how much does He care for you? In other words, can He forget His prized possession? YOU! Does He have to be reminded of His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)? Nope. Why? Because He cares. 

God cares. He cares about you. He cares about me. He cares enough to remember. He cares enough to know the things that you don’t even care to know about. God loves you enough to care. So, why don’t we do the same?  

Additional Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

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“Specktator”

Matthew 7: 3-5 (NLT)

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Christianity is not a spectator’s sport. It’s almost like we treat it as a way to justify watching and pointing at people and their sins.  

Now, I’m not saying we should have a blind eye to sin. As Christians, we are to speak the truth in love and recognize sin for what it is, sin. The issue lies in my blind eye to my own sin. If I’m so busy telling you what you do wrong, it doesn’t leave much time for me to see my own faults. 

In doing so, I’ve lessened my sins and focused on yours. Instead of seeing you as a brother/sister in need of truth and love, I’ve turned you into a spectacle.  

The more I maximize your speck, the more likely I am to increase my log. So, what would cause all of this? Pride. And I believe we don’t need any more people who sit around and pridefully watch wrongs. And we certainly don’t need any more that refuse to see their own wrongs. 

In essence, pride see what you’ve done as worse than what I’ve done. It seeks to compare and to judge. Pride is the very log that sees the speck as being the problem. 

In fact, pride refuses to realize that it’s easier to remove a speck than it is to remove a log. Pride is the spectator that makes a spectacle of your sin. 

 

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Even Though Philosophy

Even though, God is still God.

You’re probably wondering, what does that mean? Well, it means that no matter what, God is still God on High, period.

Every now and then, I read newly familiar scriptures and see a new life philosophy that needs to be put in place. The most recent one is called the Even Though Philosophy.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.

 

Basically, Habakkuk says, even though it may look bad and times may be hard, I’ve got God. God is still good, and for that reason alone, we should rejoice.

Even though I’m jobless, I’ve got God. Even though I’m still single, I’ve got God. Even though I’m down to my last, I’ve got God. Even though my health isn’t what I need it to be, I will rejoice, because I’ve got God.

Even though it may not look or seem like it, I’m good because I’ve got God, therefore, I’ve got all I need.

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Heavenly

There are some scriptures that have concepts that overwhelm me. It’s just that they’re so good and promising, I can’t even fully grasp the perfection of them.

Jude 24 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.

  1. God is holy. I am not.
  2. God is glorious. I am not.
  3. God is sinless. I am not.

However, in spite of all that I am not, this verse tells me that God is going to bring me into His presence as if I were. In the end, I will be in the presence of my Savior, sinless, and joy-filled, with Christ.

There are no words pure enough to describe that moment. How can a person express the moment that they will be faultless before a perfect God? The only word that comes to mind would be: Heavenly.

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Work work work work work!

It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?

You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.

It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.

But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?

You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

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