After completing Living the Surrendered Life, I wanted to focus a bit on the suggested readings from the results of my spiritual gifts training. However, BJ recommended that reading verses whose meanings have not been already explained to me might be a good way to read the Word. Last Saturday, when I was out with Laine, she helped me choose a Bible that I can bring everywhere and we got an NLT version. I only started reading on Monday, and so far I have read 3 sets of chapters from: Genesis (Old), Matthew (New), Proverbs and Acts.
Here are some verses that I took note of.
Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the path of the righteous.
I must admit, I have been enjoying the company of the small group since I joined them. One by one, the names now have faces, and I have had spent some time with them. I think it’s important that I surrounded myself with people who will draw me closer to God. I’m less likely to sin if I have a strong support system, and they have proven to be very helpful in my weakest moments. One person even texted me with a verse when I tweeted about what I was feeling that time, and it was very reassuring.
I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken for He is right beside me.
In the past few days, I have been disconnected. My fault for not managing my time well. And I think this has caused my faith to be less strong than I wanted it to be. But that thinking is wrong. No matter what the setting is, I should always believe that the Lord is always with me. His Spirit is an everyday companion that I can talk to and confess my thoughts to. He never fails. He never does.
Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
I now see the consistency in the Bible that BJ has told me days ago. It may have been written in different ways, but God will always want us to put our trust in Him so we will know what to do.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barn with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
I have been contemplating about giving. I guess this is my sign.
Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed – and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your eyes.
I need my heart to be healed. I need to get rid of hatred, of sins, that have slowly turned me into a cynic. Every day, I wish to feel better. And I’m at that point of total surrender.
Father, today I thank You for all the people you surround me with. Thank You for letting them bless me with their company and showing me that there is goodness in people. I pray that you continue to let them share Your love and Your Word, not just to me, but other people who need Your salvation. I pray, Father, that You will always manifest Your greatness and love every time I feel weak and alone. Instill in my mind that I am never alone, as Your Spirit is always beside me wherever I go. Lord, bless my heart with the power of giving. That I may give what is due to You, because You have blessed me with so much more. No amount of financial wealth can take the place of my family, friends and faith. Father, I have sinned, and may sin in the future, but Your love will always heal me of the hurt and guilt. Let Your Spirit always surround my heart and mind when I am making decisions so I can stay away from sin. Thank You for being a great Father, and a loving God.