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Graceful Perseverance: Studying the Word

Posted February 25th, 2018 @ 09:02am

Welcome back to this week's blog. Today I seek to do more than share with you what I have learned regarding scripture. The Holy Bible reveals the truth of our beginning, our end, our existence, our purpose on this earth and God's plan for each of our lives. I consider myself an infant in the learning stages of understanding scripture. I'll never proclaim to know all there is to learn about the word of God. This takes nothing short of a lifetime and even at that point we will never fully understand everything there is to know. However, it does bring me great joy and excitement to fellowship with others about the parables, psalms, proverbs, the beginning (Genesis) and the end of times (Revelation). The more knowledge I gain, the more excited I am to share what I've learned.

There is so much to learn about the spiritual gifts we've all been given. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. . . If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11. There are not enough quiet hours in my day where I can read and absorb scripture enough to satisfy my daily thirst for more.

I am far removed from considering myself a scholar. Nevertheless, the more I read, and the more I prioritize my study time in God's word, the more I become absorbed with scripture's fascinating stories of our ancestors. I enjoy studying the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the followers of Jesus. I absorb the powerful story of Martha and Mary and many other testimonials in scripture of faithful stewards, followers of Jesus (God as man) that wrote their accounts and testimonials on scrolls during Jesus' time on earth. It's truly a life transformation if we choose to pick up the bible and read, learn and practice and more importantly, follow Jesus as our ancestors did 2,000 years ago. Do no lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. - Colossians 3:9-10

According to the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42: At the home of Martha and Mary. As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to every word he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She went to the Lord and asked, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!

Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

I've learned so much about myself through this biblical story. I am the 21st Century Martha, distressed and worried about all the work that needs to be done in the home and all the preparations I face daily. Like Martha, I am consumed by things of lessor importance in this world when I should be desiring the same as Mary; to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus, attentively listening to what He is saying to me. Of course Jesus is not with us in the flesh as He was 2,000 years ago with Martha and Mary.  Yet Jesus is very much alive today through the Holy Spirit which lives within us, through scripture, among other Christians, our shared fellowship and privately in our lives as much as we welcome Him in.

I faithfully believe each of us can be deeply rooted in the truth if we so choose. My quest in this week's blog is to share how to walk a path that will undoubtedly grow your faith. If you are looking for a life transformation, if you are tired of your old self, simply start studying and educating yourself  using scripture. You will quickly learn why God created you. You will see the Lord's ways, and He will show you how to share your heart and service with others, as Jesus has called each of us to do.

I know now more than ever if I set time aside in my day to read scripture, it transforms my life and it can transform yours as well. That said, studying scripture every day is not enough. We are called to do more than that. Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:6-7. I am called to share the wisdom I've gained and be witness to how scripture has transformed my life so I can help lead others to the same promise; eternal life with our Heavenly Father. In this life's endeavor, we've been gifted a helper and a mentor in the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who leads me, guides me and mentors me in every situation of my life.

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. - Colossians 1:28.

The Holy Spirit works through us with the gift of prophesy. He's the one who fills me with passion for God's instruction. I am excited and eager to share this good news with friends, family and even strangers to help them see the truth. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesy. - 1 Corinthians 14:1.

The more I study and the more I become rooted in God's Word, the more I acquire the gift of exhortation. I already want to share my spiritual growth with others. It is my desire to serve others, so they too will learn a strategy to discover God's purpose for their lives. The Father can and does work in everyone's life, but only if we are enlightened and encouraged to seek Him, to know Him and to learn the many reasons why God created each of us.

Brethen, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. - 1 Thessalonians 4:1.

Blessings until next week,

Debra Pauli

Unstoppable Believer

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