A friend shared this verse with me a couple of days ago, and it has really helped me over the past couple of days in a situation we’re currently going through, so I thought I would share it with you guys and hopefully it could speak to you as well.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:42-45
How have you all been doing? Are you finding time to read your bibles everyday? Is it getting easier for you to remember to do? How have you grown with the Lord since starting the challenge? Let us know in the comments below!
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16:24-26
Justin and I had gotten out of reading the bible for a while I hate to say. There was a time when every night we would read the bible and a devotional book and then pray together, and somehow we got out of that habit and before we knew it, a few months had gone by without us doing this. Matter of fact a few months had gone by without us even opening our bibles at all other than a church.
Isn’t it funny how it seems to work out that way, we wouldn’t go without so many things for that long ever, but, the one thing that we need that will make an eternal difference and we don’t pick it up. Justin was telling me one day a few weeks ago now about preaching he heard on the radio and then again I’m sure it wasn’t by coincidence our preacher told about a similar scenario of how what if a very important person, someone who was very major to us, a political figure, a well-known pastor anyone like that had a letter for us just for us, we couldn’t wait to go and read it we wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else until we read that letter. That’s exactly what God has given to us through His word. He wrote a letter just for us, to get us through anything in this life and yet we don’t pick it up every single day and read it.
So, on with the challenge, we have now been reading our bibles daily, sometimes multiple times per day and it has been such a blessing I feel so much closer to God and I am learning so much more that I didn’t even know before (isn’t it neat how the bible is like that you can always get something different from it). I want to challenge you to pick up your bible and read it every single day even if you only have 5 minutes, give that 5 minutes to the Lord and read His word, you will be glad you did. It doesn’t matter where you start, we just picked our bibles up and started from the very beginning some people like to start by reading the gospels or, if you just want to pick somewhere and start to read, do that but whatever you do just make sure you get to it everyday whenever you can.
As the children’s song goes: Read your bible and pray everyday and you’ll grow, grow, grow!
Let us know if you will take us up on our challenge, just comment below!!
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Jesus’ words) Matthew 11:28-30