A few takeaways from last night’s study:

  1. “You want to know God? You want to discern His voice from your own? Get to know His written Word.”
  2. “The Bible alone provides the foundational directives you and I need to make decisions that glorify God. Apart from reliance on the truth of Scripture we cannot clearly hear Him.”
  3. “When we ‘devote’ ourselves to reading Scripture, it becomes a part of us, reminding us of its precepts and encouraging us to obey its guidelines.”

With these statements in mind, we revisted last week’s talk on the importance of spending time in God’s Word and prayer every day. The enemy attempts to heap the “do’s” and “don’ts” of quiet time on us in hopes of discouraging us to the point of neglecting God’s Word altogether, and unfortunately, his scheme succeeds all too often.

For my “quiet time”, I tend to respond best to structured-type learning. One of my favorite “tools” in recent years has been Beth Moore’s Personal Reflection Series. The first study was on David. Last year, the subject was Jesus, and this morning I picked up a fresh-off-the-press copy of her latest installment on the disciple John!

Some reasons why I choose to use this book as part of my quiet time:

  • It points me directly to the Word
  • It contains thought-provoking questions, little fluff
  • There is ample space for writing responses and prayers (a journal-lovers dream!)
  • Each day is packed with a punch. I have yet to finish this 90 day “journey” in 90 days
  • It contains the coolest pages ever too! Wide, lots of white space, and torn edges

Last night, we closed by announcing that our next study will be in the book of 2 Corinthians beginning this Fall. I’ve never studied it in detail so I look forward to reading this book with fresh eyes and a hungry heart.

“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another — showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Message

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