At the Woman to Woman Conference Anne Graham Lotz taught us
a wonderful way to read the Bible!
Exodus 34:1-3 The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone
tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on
the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready in the morning, and
then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself
to me there on top of the mountain. 3 No
one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the
flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”
God called Moses to come to Him
alone in the morning. That is an excellent example for us to follow. Spending
time in God’s Word every morning sets the tone for our day. We spend time with
Him in order to know Him. This is how we see His Glory. Sometimes we can see it
in retrospect. We may be in a spiritual dry spot, but we can remember what He’s
done in our lives. By taking the time we can look back at different times in our life and see He
was with us all the time.
Anne suggested we have a spot set
up that we use every day: our Bible and a notebook already in place. To start
we choose a book of the Bible to read. She suggested starting with The Gospel
of Mark or maybe a smaller book like Colossians. Take just the first paragraph
or couple verses. Read the paragraph through. Then re-read it listing just the
outstanding facts. (Don’t paraphrase).
Go through each fact and ask what
it means. Find a spiritual lesson or a principle in each fact.
Next ask what this means in your
life. And finally ask yourself “How am I going to live in response?’ Date this
one and hold yourself accountable.
Here’s an example:
John 14:1-6 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also
in me. 2 My
Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that
I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with
me that you also may be where I am. 4 You
know the way to the place where I am going.”
said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the
way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am
the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through
might be Do not be
troubled, trust in God, trust in Me.
What the fact means
could be worry is a lack of trust. Or there are going to be
troubles but they don’t have to come inside. (don’t let your heart be troubled
by them.) Even “do not be troubled” is a command so worry is a sin!
What does this mean in your life? You might ask yourself if you choose to put
your hope and belief in God instead of circumstances. Or; if you really know God
why do you keep worrying? Or what areas of your life are you currently worried
about that would demonstrate a lack of faith in that area?
How are you going to live in response to this? Depending on the answer above
you would come up with something you are going to change or work on.
In My Father’s house are
many rooms. If that were not so, would I have told you I’m going to prepare a
place for you? Jesus is going to prepare a place for me.
What the fact means may be there are lots of rooms in Heaven; enough for
everyone who wants to go! Or God is preparing a place just for me! Heaven is a
labor of love!
What you might ask yourself from this is “Am I living my life with the
expectation of going to Heaven? Am I letting others know they can go too?”
And then decide what you are going to do about the question you just asked
I will come back to take
you to be with Me.
What this fact means is God is the initiator! And Jesus will personally
deliver you to God. You can be confidant of this because He says so. It also
means that earth is not your home and this life is not all there is.
What you might ask yourself from this is “Will I be ready when He comes
back? Am I staying in the Word, sharing the Gospel, loving others, worshipping
Then decide what you intend to do, write it down and date it.
You know the way to the
place I am going.
This fact means God has told us! We have been given the information! We’ve
got the Bible. Believers have the Holy Spirit. It also means there is
a way! One way!
What you might ask yourself is “DO you know the way?” or “Can I help others
know the way?”
And then decide what to do about that!
Thomas said he didn’t know
where Jesus was going so how could he know the way?
From this fact you could take that even a disciple might not get it – so
what about all those other people sitting in church every Sunday? Or it might
be showing you that it’s ok to ask Jesus questions.
You can then ask yourself “Am I alert to people who are in the dark?” or “Am
looking for another
way to Heaven?”
And then decide what you are going to do about this.
Jesus is the way, the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
This means that not all roads lead to Heaven. It also shows Him answering a
question – we will get answers when we ask. He answers in His Word, so stay in
the Word! Jesus is the guide who will take us there! When we close our eyes on
earth we open them looking into His eyes!
You might ask yourself “Am I making myself available to answer people’s
questions about how to get to Heaven?” “What questions would I like Jesus to
answer?” “Am I asking God to reveal His will?” “Do I go to Jesus first for my
answers?” “Am I submitting to His leadership?”
And then decide what you will do about it.
Lastly, but really firstly, pray before you read your
Bible. Ask God that the Holy Spirit open the passage to you so that you will
understand it and hear God speak to you.
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