Further Thoughts- Sunday's Message

Sunday we talked about one of the most important choices we can make: To sit at Jesus’ feet as His friends and followers.

The “assignment” this week is to spend an hour of uninterrupted time with Jesus. That time may include time in Scripture, prayer, or simply being present with Jesus and listening for His voice.  As I said yesterday, Scripture provides us the “vocabulary” for the Spirit to speak most clearly.  Here are some key passages to reflect on this week.

Key Choice: Choose to saturate ourselves in Scripture

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Question: What does it mean to “delight” in God’s Word?  How can such a “delight” be cultivated if it’s not presently there?

Psalm 119:133

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

Question:  What’s the interaction between God’s Word and sin? Have you experienced that?  In what ways?

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Question: How can God provide light or insight for our lives through His Word?  Think about a present challenge in your life—what does Scripture have to say about it?  Have you explored that?

And the Holy Spirit’s role in this?

John 16:12-15

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

I ask with all my strength what God is trying to say to us through [the Bible]; since I have learnt to read the Bible in this way it becomes more marvellous to me every day.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As you approach Scripture:

□       Seek God, not just an answer

□       Ask the Spirit to speak to you through God’s Word and expect that He will

□       Let the Word of God sink in- soak on it, rather than treating it like a puzzle to be solved- rather a love letter to be savored.

There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear, because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.

—Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863)

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