Do you have a version of the Bible that you absolutely love to read? I have to say my favorite is the New King James Version of the Bible.
Before I share with you the scripture that the Lord put on my heart for you today, I wanted to share a fun fact with you. I read my Bible every year according to a Bible Chart. I have done that for so many years. I think it started with me being in a Christian bookstore one day a few months after I got saved.
I was so hungry to know God and the things of God that I was always looking for something that would help me read my Bible and understand it.
I have to tell you when I first started reading my Bible, I was trying to read the Old King James Bible. Oh, my word, if you haven’t read that version you haven’t lived. That is so hard to understand with the thees and the thous. To make matters worse for me I was trying to read the Bible like a book from front to back. You are supposed to start in Genesis and read through to Revelation – right? Ummm that would be NO! The Old Testament is important to read some day some time. But it’s so filled with things that are so hard to understand when you don’t even understand the basics of the Bible.
So, I decided to find a version of the Bible I could actually understand. I found this Bible; it’s called The Love Bible. This isn’t my original one I don’t know what happened to the other one. I knew someday I wanted to get one just so I would have it to remind me of those days.
It’s only the New Testament so I would read it literally cover to cover. Now when I try to read it, I don’t even know how I got any scriptures out of it. It’s an extremely easy to read Bible in modern day English. This Bible saved my life.
After I had been a Christian for about three years, I started reading the New King James Version, and like I said that’s my favorite version. Then I started reading the Old Testament. I attempt to read the Bible through in a year but I do miss some days.
This brings me to my point today. The Bible says in Psalm 119:11 New American Standard Version “Your Word I have treasured in my heart that I might not sin against You. (GOD)” If we don’t read our Bibles, we don’t have His Word hidden in our hearts.
We’ve been talking on Saturdays about Trust. One of the ways that you learn to Trust is by getting to know someone. You get to know them by talking to them and having a relationship with them. When you read the Word, you’re hearing God speak to you through the Holy Spirit.
For example: If I feel like something new drops in my heart, something that I hadn’t thought of I will discern whether it’s the Lord, the devil or my own mind speaking to me. The way I do that is I ask for a scripture to back it up. If a scripture comes to me and makes sense that it’s relevant to the thought then I know it’s God and I will go with it. No scripture it’s either me or the devil and I’m not listening to either one of them.
The Lord has dropped some hilarious scriptures in my head. I also ask the Lord for a scripture a living Rhema Word when something is bothering me and I need help.
One time I needed a car and I really needed to know God was going to provide one. Now in the Bible no one talked about cars, such a thing didn’t exist. But they did have modes of transportation – so I asked the Lord to provide a car for me the way He would have provided a donkey or a camel to someone in the Bible.
It’s important to read your Bible whether it’s a watered-down version of the Bible like the Love Book or it’s the hard to understand Old King James Version – read it and let it bring life to you.
Last week I was reading my Bible, like I said and the scripture that jumped out at me was Psalm 46:1-17 – I’m going to read a small portion of it to you from the Message Bible (one of my other favorite versions).
Psalm 46 The Message (MSG)
46 1-3 God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in sea storm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
GOD-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.”