Luke 18:1 ESV – 1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Lord, You know that I am prone to impatience; I think I am the best judge of what I need. My heart is so foolish and deceitful! Thank You for Your mercy and goodness to allow me to cry out to You; for Your timing that allows me to repent and to submit my will to Yours; for Your counsel to show me what is right in Your Word.
Your timing is righteous. Your answers are just and good. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven . . .
Pray for the Persecuted Church — OpenDoorsUSA
Day 4: Ask God to continue to grow His church in Iran—and give courage to leaders.
Have you ever looked at your Bible and thought, “I don’t know enough to open the Bible and know what it says” or “I’ve always wondered what God says about (fill in the blank)”?
Don’t worry. You are not alone. Millions of dollars are spent every year on Christian Living books and Bible Study books. So many don’t get completely read, studies have only the first lesson or two finished. Then they sit on the shelf collecting dust. Then so many of us think, “Maybe my translation of the Bible is too difficult. Maybe, if I got another translation that is easier to read, I’ll understand it better.
I speak from experience. When I first had my heart opened by God to receive Jesus, I was hungry. Starving for God’s Word. And didn’t know how to read it. Oh, I had Bibles….. plural. I had a loyalty card at the Bible Bookstore near my house and spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on Bibles, Christian Living books, Bible Studies, Bible Software, Bible tabs, Bible covers, highlighters, pens the wouldn’t bleed through. I was, possibly, the one of the best highlighter/pen/pencil equipped persons at church on Sunday. I took notes, highlighted…… and was learning nothing about God’s Word.
Now a decade later, I have learned HOW to study. It’s a lot of work and takes diligence and dedication but it is well worth it. I have been blessed to know God like I have never known Him before. And with that comes the realization that I will never be done studying God’s Word or learning about Him.
You can learn too. You can go from flying over Scripture, seeing it from 30,000 feet to pouring over it with a magnifying glass to DISCERN TRUTH.
One of the ways is to take a Free Online class on How To Study. Here is a great class with two different time offerings.
August 31 – November 16, 2021Tuesdays, 6 – 8 PM Central Time Zone
September 2 – November 18, 2021Thursdays, 1 – 3 PM Central Time Zone
I hope this blesses you today. You are not alone, I wish there was a class like this available to me when I got started. Pastor Jim does a great job!