" I really don't have time to get my Bible studying in. I have so much going on... ball practices, work, cleaning the house, homework with the kids, grocery shopping... just so much going on, there is not enough time in my day to sit down and study anything from God's word"....
Ever said any of those things before? I sure have. I always found/find and excuse as to why I can't sit down for 30 minutes and study God's Word. And although those things are very true and I do have alot going on, what is gong to happen on the day of judgement when God Himself asks me the same question " Why didn't you take the time to study my Word"? Are you going to tell Him about your ball practices and work schedule? We make time for everything BUT God....
I never thought about it like that until Kay Arthur, one of the speakers at the Deeper Still conference ask that question. It really made me think. How will we ever get deeper into God's Word without commitment to studying and applying the messages we read? As I listened to Kay tell her story of marriage, depression, falling away from God, doing what she wanted when she wanted, trying to find what she thought was love and then comingto realize that God had always been there waiting on her to come back... I listened to her and if she had inserted my name in there, it would have been ALMOST identical.
When we live without faith,we walk in destructive ways. Nothing really matters to us, we kind of do things at the drop of a dime and just hope it works out for us. God is never brought into that equations. She spoke of a relationship that she was involved in after her separation from her husband. It wasn't good and as she spoke I got chills thinking of how this relationship sounded like one that I myself had been involved in. As she told her story of how for a really long time she was in it but finally realized that it was going no where good, she decided to call it off. One day as she was in her apartment, the phone rang and it was him and at that point she had to decide what she wanted to do. Let Satan take hold and drag her back down the path or walk in faith, the kind of faith that says" Ok God, I trust you and I know you want what best for me and I am giving it all to you".... she chose the latter and has never looked back.
Hebrews 11: 6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him".
If we want to go Deeper Still, we have to keep out eyes on Jesus and pay attention to what God has said through the examples He has given us through Christ. There are so many things happening in America today. You can't turn the news on without seeing something negative. In the time in which we are living, we as Americans are being and are going to be tested. As Kay said" God is going to shake what can be shaken and then things can be seen for what they really are." Are we ready? Are we ready to stand up for what we believe in even if it means we get stares, or ridiculed or even persecuted? The only way we can be fully ready is to take time to read and study God word. We have to be able to stand up to the enemy wearing the full armor of God and know that He is going to do for us just what He promised and long as we believe and have faith. Seems rather simple to me... it amazes me though how often and how much I forget that.
The conference was the best thing that I have been to in a very long time and I still have more I want to share this week. My mind is so full of information, I hope I don't get it all mixed up! I left there with another sense of peace, calm.. something that a few years ago I didn't even know could ever exist in my life.
I hope you all have a blessed day! And tomorrow, Lord willing.. I can tell you about Priscilla Shirer.. AWESOME speaker!!! Until then....I love you all!