Jermiah 17:7-8 "But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heart or worried by long months of droubt. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit."
I love this.... love it... I used to not quite get it... how it applied to my spiritual life. I could have put it into words... but feeling it...well that is a whole nother story. The more I read God's word...the more it stick in my heart and head....it is just there.... like the water is there for the roots of a tree by the riverbank... The more I take time for God's word the more God plants it in my heart the deeper my roots are in His power. Then when times get tough... or a I face a situation where I feel lost about what to do.... I remember God's word.... Me I don't remember that it is in Mark, or Luke.... or Jeremiah...(I use the Internet for that) but I know what God's world has told me... it is there deep in me and I can call upon it and use it all the time... no matter how far from the Bible my physical body is. It amazes me each time a scripture comes to my remembrance.... I can now wake up in the middle of the night with scripture on my mind!! When the devil tells me I am afraid...I can tell him that God is with me... that "He who is with me is stronger than he that is in the world." .... when I do that I feel stronger...use to I listened to the devil and got more and more afraid. When the devil tells me I can't... I tell the devil "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"... when the devil tells me that I have no right to be happy... I tell the devil "Jesus came that I could have life and have it in abundance." If the devil tries to tell me that I am no good... I say "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." When the devil reminds me of my past sins I say "Those sins are forgive by the blood of Jesus!" then when he says "God remembers them ." I say... "You may remember them but God has thrown the knowledge of my sins as far as the east is from the west, he wants me to do the same and to move forward and do better." I love what my roots have done for my life!.. I am learning the more I read God's word... the stronger and stronger I get...there seems to be less storms...but actually ... there are always storms here on earth... with God's word I weather them so much better... use to a breeze could feel like a storm in my life...now storms pass right over and I stand strong in God's word.
If I could encourage just one person to read their Bible daily...commit to it for one year...I would be so excited that I might just explode!! My commitment was to get through my One Year Bible once...now I have almost read it the second time.... my plans now are to read it daily for the rest of my life... if my life has changed this much in that amount of time what will I be like in 20 years! I can't wait to find out!
If every you find me in the hospital...and want to know what to do for me.... just sit beside my bed, read to me from the Bible and grow my roots! God's word is a powerful thing. God's word spoke the world into being...just a word from God and there was the sun, the moon and the stars. Imagine what it can do spoken into our lives on a daily basis!!