I have been a Christian for 39 of my 44 years, and even before I asked Jesus into my heart, I was aware of His presence. I’ve done a lot of Jesus and church things in my life. I’ve had a lot of personal, intimate experiences with God. I’ve had some life-changing revelations and even some intense moments of breakthrough and healing.
But the single greatest reason I am fiercely connected to Jesus today isn’t corporate worship or roles of service. It isn’t the many books, podcasts, and sermons from Spiritual leaders that have guided me through the years. It isn’t even the music that prays for me when I am at a loss for words. The single greatest reason I am fiercely connected with Jesus today is because of the many hours I have spent studying and teaching the Bible.
Since 2002, I have studied the Bible inductively, and for the past five years, I have taught inductive Bible study. Studying the Word has been a light in my life that never dims. It has been the strength of my life that never tires. In the stories, people, and prophecy of the Bible, I have found belonging, acceptance, and adoption. I have found power, courage, and healing. And in His grace, God has connected His heart with my heart.
There’s an important reminder for us in the book of James that is helpful when we face the temptation to think we already know enough about what’s in the Bible. That’s a lie and a trap the enemy uses to keep us small and ignorant of power. But James writes, “prove yourself doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]” James 1:22 AMP.
The most effective way to witness is to live out our faith by imitating God. But how can we imitate what we do not know? Let us be willing to put in the effort to get to know God and listen to Him speak to us through studying the Bible. It takes a bit of time. It takes intentionality on our part. But we can and will establish a deep, abiding connection with God if we take steps to learn who He is through His Word.
On March 17, I will begin teaching a new study on chapters 1-11 of Genesis. We will study creation, the fall, the flood, and the establishment of the nations. We will dig deep into the very beginning. In the preparations I have been doing, I have already learned so much. There’s something fresh for all of us in there. I invite you to join the study in person or online. But whether with me or someone else, I encourage you to find a group and get in the Bible for yourself. God will speak to you as you study. And it will change your life.
This post is chapter 9/10 of The Ways God Speaks To Us
Details on the upcoming Genesis class is available at livesteadyon.com/classes