Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

HELLO FRIENDS: 03.27.2014

Hello Friends,

“Begin with the end in mind…”  The famed author Stephen Covey states in his book.

A couple weeks ago I was reading our Pause Plan for my devotions. I was reading a very familiar passage and to be honest I was not “getting much” from that day’s reading. But it’s those times, when all seems mundane, God tends to bring something to light that really penetrates the soul. And it has lasting effects.

That day I began with the new testament passage and ended with a Psalm. I wrote down some passages that seemed cool to me and then a quick prayer and off to work I went. But when I returned to my notebook later, I read it from the bottom up and God began speaking to me.

As I read the passages, I sensed God communicating to me the heart of the passage that He had me in several days prior. Something to the effect of… “son, when you pray, as David did, remember that I AM Mercy and I AM Love. When you labor, remember that it is My mighty works being done in you that are worth striving for. After all, I’ve actually already transferred you into my kingdom. It is this knowledge revealed to you by my Spirit that will grant you wisdom and understanding.”

The Scripture:
Remember O Lord Your tender mercies and your loving kindness. (Psalm 26:6)
To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. (Colossians 1:29)
And conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son, of His love. (Colossians 1:13)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it do not cease to pray for you and ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. (Colossians 1:9)

Two things to think about:
1. Words are revealed thoughts. God’s Word, the Bible, are His revealed thoughts toward us. The end result to keep in mind is that God’s Word is His letter to us, to build us up. Listen to Him speak through His revealed Word.

2. Going back through things that you’ve noted from the Scriptures is a great way to see God’s Word come alive. His Spirit illuminates the words on your note pages and writes them on the tablet of your heart. Once His words are in your heart, the picture in the mirror begins to reflect a lot more Jesus.

God doesn’t always speak immediately but He does want to speak to us, we just have to be listening.

Your Brother,

JD Shinn

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