Want to Grow Spiritually? There’s an App for That… (Part 2 – The Bible)

Let’s pretend that this glass pitcher filled with water is you and me. It is our life. Our outlook. Our morals. Our culture. Our purposes. That this pitcher of water represents my life and your life and the world that you and I live in. And this (Tea Bag) is God’s Word, the Bible. If we get this book into us every day—something extraordinary will happen.

I can’t overstate this fact. If you want to grow spiritually, reading the Bible and reflecting on it is as important to your spiritual life as breathing is to your physical life. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “To be a Christian without reading the Bible is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

 Big Idea: Getting into God’s Word Daily will change you!

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. ~ Psalm 119:147-148 (NLT)

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~ Psalm 119:11 (NLT)

I praise you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word. ~ Psalm 119:12-16 (NLT)

Ask questions like:
• Who is writing/talking?
• Who is this written to?
• Why is this being written? • What is repeated?
• What would this mean if this were written to me?
• What should I change after reading this?

Reflect
Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. ~ Psalm 119:97 (NLT)

Record
I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. ~ Psalm 119:101-102 (NLT & NIV)

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. ~ Psalm 119:103-104 (NLT)

As I read Your Word, it has shaped my values. Your Word has shaped my understanding of right and wrong. Your Word has shaped the way I see the world. It has shaped and reshaped my priorities. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

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