For Your Encouragement Sun 7th Feb 2016

 

I want to bring a very straightforward word of encouragement. I believe that this word is equally valid for those who have just met Jesus as well as those who have known him for many years. It is simply this; read the Bible!

Now, I don’t write this in order to bring you under condemnation or to laden you with a burden that you cannot carry. I write because I know that it is easy to get out of good habits and get into bad ones. I write because I see a close correlation between our reading, contemplation, meditation and appreciation of the Word of God, with our delight and satisfaction in the Son of God. Therefore, please don’t see your Bible time as a challenge or a chore. Rather, see it as a thrill. So, before you read, why not pray this prayer that Paul prayed for his friends in Ephesus;

 

I pray that the eyes of MY heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called ME the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph 1:18-23)

Yours, Gareth