There is a saying which my mother taught me, “this book will keep you from sin…. and sin will keep you from this book”
The book is the Bible…. and it is so important for Christians to read it EVERY DAY…
One way to know if you have been “born again” is in your attitude and feeling towards the Bible…. do you love it or merely tolerate it… or do you keep far from it.
It is not good enough simply to read inspiring books about the lives of other Christians or to read books ABOUT the Bible…. you must read the Bible itself and with the right spiritual approach…. you must read it in FAITH… and not like you read “other” books.
Here are verses that support this:
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man cleanse his way ? By taking heed according to your word”
Psalm 119:11 “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.”
Bible reading plans are a good way to make sure you read it every day….. BUT there is a danger of “RITUAL READING”… meaning that although you read it, the deeper impact of what you read…. on your personality…. is not effected.
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, Please guide us through reading Your Word and reveal to us the relevance to our lives… through Your Holy Spirit…. in Jesus name, we ask… Amen.
Every “born again” believer has the Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:6)
However, not all believers are “filled” with the Spirit….. to be continuously “filled” requires continuous commitment to holiness of living and self-denial… therefore a person could be “filled” at one point (Acts 4:31) and “not-filled” at other times during their lives… and a person may experience several “fillings” during their life… or none at all (if they are carnal).
Grieving the Holy Spirit is a sin, and comes about because a believer is consciously allowing evil in their heart or life. (Ephesians 4:30 – 31)
Quenching the Holy Spirit is a sin, and comes about through an act of disobedience.(1 Thessalonians 5:19)
The correct attitude is to judge our sin (whether a single act or an ongoing attitude)…. ask for forgiveness… and then “put it away”… the Holy Spirit gives you the power to do this.
It is important to understand and believe that you do indeed possess the power in you (through the Holy Spirit) to:
1. Control you thoughts
2. Control your body
Therefore you have no excuse for your sinful behaviour (thoughts, words or actions)… you are actually responsible for it… and you are expected to deal with it through the power of the Holy Spirit within you.
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, you allow us to do whatever we want… but we should be wanting to do your will…. if we are not, please lovingly bring us to the place of willingness by showing us that your ways are really the best for us…. we thank you for saving us and we trust you to mould us and make us into what you want us to be…. in Jesus name, we pray… Amen.