Hello loves, I'm Megan! I blog at Graceful Beloved - 22-years-old and a co-leader of a young adults group. I live in an urban area and really want to make a difference in young people's lives and encourage them to keep going. I enjoy drinking coffee all of the time. I am an introvert, but am learning to embrace extrovert qualities. I love writing and painting, because I can be myself. I am in a relationship with an amazing man who encouraged me to use my gifts to bless others. I am so glad to be able to write a guest post for my friend Summer. I hope you enjoy!
His Word; His Truth
"But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night." -Psalm 1:2 [Amplified Bible]
"A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't." -Charles Spurgeon
Sometimes I struggle with reading the bible consistently. I want to read my bible and study more, but I get distracted by other things. Honestly, I am in the wrong for that. I have been convicted about not staying in the Word more. Conviction isn't a form of condemnation. God's word says in Romans 8:1 that "there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." So, conviction is a sign of love and correction from God. It is a sign to understand that He cares about us and that He desires for us to stay on the right path; to turn from the things that will hinder us. He doesn't want us to continue down the path of distractions because they could harm us or even kill us. He wants us to walk with Him.
Recently, my boyfriend convinced me to go 21 days without drinking coffee. I know, right? How dare he! He told me that I need to not rely on coffee to help me get through the day. He said that God is my coffee. Oddly enough, I understood that. Who am I to rely on coffee more than on God and His word to get me through the day? I am still in the 21 days stage and honestly, it isn't easy. Coffee isn't the big issue - the issue is that if I do not rely on God then I am empty and will rely on self. I have been using these days to truly rely on God to get through the day and it is amazing to spend the time reading and learning.
When I open my bible, I pray to receive what He says and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. He is wanting to purify me and to guide me to what He has called me to be. I don't want to just read, but I want to grow - I don't want to stay in the same place.
The Bible isn't just any book to put on a list to read - I used to do that. It is awful to treat the bible as if it's not important and sometimes we can do just that. We live by every word that comes from the Lord. We want to honor and have reverence for God, but let's not forget about honoring His word, too. We need to not take His word lightly, but instead we need to truly treasure His word because there are others in the world who don't have that chance.
God wants all of us to read His word so that we can rely on Him. His plan is perfect and we have a purpose in Him, but in order to live that out we need to look to His word. The more we neglect God, the more we end up influenced by other things. I never realized how much of an influence distractions had on me until it started to affect me negatively. I thank God for opening my eyes to see what was trying to take root in me; things that He didn't want or have for me.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
The reasons why we have the Bible are very clear: teaches us the way we should go, it helps and corrects us when we are wrong, it trains us up to be godly, it guides us to be like Christ and it shows us the characteristics of God, our Father. He words lets us know who we are, who we belong to and most of all, that He loves us and sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sin. We are redeemed.
A Challenge For You: As God to give you a burning desire to read His word and to meditate on it; to listen to His voice. It is a fact that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so give up something that is a crutch for you to get through the day and dig into the Word of God more to get through, instead.
"...that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." - Deuteronomy 8:3