Wednesday, September 4, 2013

be profitably engaged

Happy Wednesday Lovelies! 
This morning as I sipped on my coffee and casually opened my Youversion bible apple to the reading plans, I read Day by Day With Billy Graham. Here below is the reading for today: 
"As Christians, we have the Spirit of God in us. But ours is the responsibility to keep sin out of our lives so that the Spirit can produce His fruit in us. Become grounded in the Bible. As Christians, we have only one authority, one compass: the Word of God. Abraham Lincoln in a letter to a friend said, “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance upon faith. You will live and die a better man.” Begin the day with the Book; and as the day comes to a close, let the Word speak its wisdom to your soul. Let it be the firm foundation upon which your hope is built. Let it be the Staff of Life upon which your spirit is nourished. Let it be the Sword of the Spirit which cuts away the evil of your life and fashions you in His image and likeness.Almighty God, Your Word nourishes my whole being and I praise Your holy name!"
I was refreshed yet convicted by these words. Too often I head for my phone, check off a reading plan and consider that God's Word for me that day. How easily I have exchanged my Bible for technology. Not to say that these Bible apps are terrible, they are not. However, nothing should replace the intimacy of alone time with God... Alone meaning just me and my Bible. May my hands be engaged with the pages of my Bible. May my eyes be engaged with every word . May my heart be fully engaged with the heart of the One who penned this book for me. And may my mind be engaged with every command, truth, and promise.

"I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible." -Abraham Lincoln
Can these words be true of me?

ll Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

... and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Psalm 119:9

For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth. Psalm 33:4

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

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