Devotional, Testimony

The Word

“My son, pay attention to what I say;
  turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
  keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
  and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart,
  for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
  keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
  fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
  and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
  keep your foot from evil.” {Proverbs 4:20-27}

In September 2017, I began my first successful journey of reading through the Bible from cover to cover. I grew up in church, went to a Christian college and had tried multiple times before, but it wasn’t until I was 22 and had graduated that I accomplished this. And it changed my life.

I was prompted to begin after months if not years of feeling like I couldn’t hear from God and longing to know His purpose for me. As I was scrolling through Instagram, I came upon a post with a quote from A.W. Tozer’s (one of my favorite authors) book, The Pursuit of God. It read, “It is the nature of God to speak. The second Person of the Holy Trinity is called the Word,” and there it began to click. I claimed to want so badly to hear from God, and yet I was spending my time scrolling through social media rather than reading the Bible. I began to understand how good the Bible is. It is the Word of God, and it’s filled with all the instruction we need for this life. The Word of God is “life to those who find [it] and health to one’s whole body” {Proverbs 4:22}.

Reading through the Bible changes your life because it is an encounter with God. It may be full of old stories, lists of names and laws we no longer talk about, but “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” {2 Tim. 3:16}. Every word. And if you truly believe that it doesn’t matter if you’re reading the Old Testament or the New Testament, Leviticus or Luke, a chapter or a whole book: God will speak to you. Probably not audibly, maybe not even in a way that you realize at the moment, but He will speak; He already has. After all, it is His Word.

How can I call You silent 
When You spoke me into motion?
How can I claim not to hear You
When Your voice is in everything?
I will seek and I will listen
I will hear You when I try
I will open up Your Word
I know it will renew my mind
You’re not a silent God
It’s in Your nature to speak
You have called Yourself the Word
As one part of the Trinity
You are good and You’re abounding
You provided all I need
You have left me with Your Word
And it’s bringing life to me
So speak, speak Lord
Your servant is listening
Speak, speak Lord and I will not fear
Speak, speak Lord I’ll find You in stillness
Speak, speak Lord I know You’re near

Proverbs 4:20-27 is the theme of Live Steadfast (more about this to come), one reason being that it starts with a focus on the Word. Your spiritual life cannot be healthy without it, and truthfully, if you aren’t spiritually healthy it doesn’t really matter if you’re physically healthy or not. My business is about training people physically, but my calling is about training people spiritually, and I certainly am not going to leave that out of my business.

I am currently on my fifth journey reading through the Bible, and I would love for you to join me! I have created several different reading plans that are available for free if you would like to check them out. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for taking the time to read my first post as I attempt to share what God has placed on my heart to make a difference in people’s lives.

{HPH 2.01.2019}

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