by Gloria Awolehin
Bible is boring
When I was much younger the Old Testament was my best. I would sit with my legs crossed reading through all the stories, fascinated at how life must have been then.
However, things changed when I became born-again, the New Testament became my best, especially the epistles. Then, the Old Testament had no relevance to me until the Holy Spirit had to help my heart, making me know that I need Him to understand the Bible in its entirety…
These are the few things that have helped in my devotion and walk with God:
- Read the Bible with an Open mind – You know the Old Testament used to seem so unreal and abstract…the likes of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, in fact, the Pentateuch besides Genesis. It was so until the Holy Spirit made me understand that I must always relate it with the New Testament using cross-references and all then I saw a light in it.
- Is there a character under consideration? – I look at the chapter and see if there is a character to learn from. The vices they exuded and the virtues displayed…The virtues displayed are what a believer needs to pray in as you live your day to day life and the vices are what you should guard against each day.
…the Bible is loaded with blessings…
- Is there a blessing to claim? – Yes, the Bible is loaded with blessings and until a believer starts appropriating the blessing he or she might not get the best from God. Some argue that the old commandment blessings are for the children of Israel and not theirs…I would say no; part of the scriptures directly approaches any man so it’s your duty to replace the receiver of the blessings in your place, you’re the Israel of God now!!! And yes there are curses too for doing wrong. So it will be balanced if you take time to appropriate the blessings and also guard against what will bring curses.
- Are there prayers to pray? – Some scriptures don’t come with direct prayers but it’s important after the reading the Bible that you pray whatever the Holy Spirit puts in your mind…You can write out the prayers as they can be revisited some other times.
- Are there principles to follow – Some verses have divine principles to follow…For example, to have good success Joshua 1:8 says; “This book of the law (the Bible) shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.”
The Bible has much to offer for the willing and obedient heart…
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Gloria is a Christian writer and blogger, drama minister and a medical doctor. She believes in practical Christian living and she is deeply interested in the youths and the female gender.