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Word of Life
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 BY BETH ANDREWS
Years ago, in a Ladies’ Bible study class, I asked, “Do I have to read the Bible? Can’t I just read books about the Bible? It’s so hard to understand.” I will never forget the leader’s answer: “Yes, you need to read the Bible. You need to know what God said, not someone’s interpretation. Never take anyone else’s word for what God has said but God Himself.” You’ve probably heard me say that a time or two. It made an indelible impression on me and want it to have the same effect on you.
Thankfully, about twenty-five years ago God gave me an overwhelming passion to study the Bible. It has not gone away. It is my life’s purpose and mission. I took to heart: Deuteronomy 32:47 – “These are not just idle words for you – they are your life.” I intend to read and study the Bible until I draw my final breath.
Why? Because it is full of wisdom, power, truth, discipline, and insight. Because it teaches me, corrects me, encourages, chastens, strengthens, and humbles me. Because the Word of God is alive and full of the Spirit of God and reveals the heart of God. Because it is a Word of beauty and grace and peace and hope and Joy.
And because it is the only weapon I have to fend off the enemy of my soul. Jesus used this same sword when the devil came to tempt Him. In the face of every temptation, He said, “It is written . . .” and He resisted the devil at every turn with the Holy Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-10). I need that kind of power because His enemy is my enemy too. If the Holy Word was good enough for Jesus, it’s certainly good enough for me.
John MacArthur wisely said, “Make sure Satan has to climb over a lot of Scripture to get to you.” I’m surrounding myself with God’s Word and filling my heart and mind with its truth so that I am protected from without and within.
What is your strategy for dealing with the devil? If it doesn’t involve the Word of God you are sure to fall. Beloved, you need to get into the Bible and let the Bible get into you. Let it sink its roots deep into your heart. Let it surround you. Because these are not just idle words for you—they are your life.
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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God forgives our sins (through confession and repentance) and then they are forgotten. But I cannot forgive my sins (after confession and repentance) and am haunted by them. How can I forgive and forget my sins and find peace
Vincent, you have asked me the same question twice… How to forget sins and find peace, even though God has forgiven your sins.
I must speak the truth to you with love. What faith are you, and are you 100% sure you are a “born again” Christian?
God only forgets the sins of the redeemed, “born again” believer…
Blessings in Christ, bruce
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Bruce Sorry, I missed your first response. I am Catholic and have returned to the faith after my wife passed away three years ago. I consider myself a born again Christian. Vince Sent from Mail for Windows From: God’s groupSent: Friday, August 19, 2022 12:31 PMTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: [New comment] "Word of Life" 8/19/2022 Written by Beth Andrews for âDeeper Rootsâ Godsmanforever commented: "Vincent, you have asked me the same question twice… How to forget sins and find peace, even though God has forgiven your sins. I must speak the truth to you with love. What faith are you, and are you 100% sure you are a "born again" Christian? God o"
As a Catholic do you believe you must fulfill the 7 Sacraments to get into heaven?
You must have missed my question- As a Catholic do you believe you must fulfill the 7 Sacraments to get into heaven?
The Bible should be the foundation for every other or ANY other study! Great message! 👍💗🕊📖😇