Many years ago, when I purposefully began reading the Bible, it wasn’t because I knew exactly where to read. I was just very tired of getting many bad answers from people. Growing up, I knew the Bible and its power (due to my grandma, catechism classes) but didn’t really “read” it except Psalm 23 or when preparing for or during Religious Education class at school.
I was newly born again with a lot of questions. I needed answers. I had many questions about life, decision making and everything. The world provided answers but ‘something’ told me in my spirit that they weren’t exactly right.
There were lots of books to read by great men and women of God but I needed to discover the answers for myself. I had attended several Bible-believing churches but I still wasn’t satisfied. Something was missing.
So I opened the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1. The decision to read Mark was because I perceived Matthew, Luke and John to be too long (lol).
As I continued to read all the chapters, I found one answer after the other and was filled with so much relief and indescribable peace. As I read it, I couldn’t stop. I already knew what happened from John the Baptist to Jesus’ birth to the resurrection (because of school, home, church) but they seemed so olden and I wondered if the same miracles happened in these times.
The Holy Spirit will guide you if you listen.
As I read, I received meanings, interpretations, solutions to issues I had or knew people to have. I began writing, sort of like a Q & A. I later found out that the particular ‘something’ which told me to seek my own answers is the Holy Spirit, my Counselor.
Then I began writing devotionals based on one line of Scripture and whatever the Holy Spirit placed in my heart for that particular day.
I discovered that “these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17-18).
It was a personal journey of discovery that I needed to go through: to see God at work in biblical times and in my life. I didn’t stop at Mark. I continued. I was flabbergasted when I realized that it’s the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead that dwells in those who believe. I said: “Yay! I got the power. Awesome!”
When I got to Hebrews, I was ecstatic – I found out for myself that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
Where are you in your own journey? Go back to the drawing board. God has a message for you in His Word.
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