“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
My family and I recently attended the Winter Jam concert that was held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Winter Jam is a collection of Christian musicians and speakers who travel the country sharing Jesus through great music, inspirational speaking and fellowship with thousands of other Christians. Over 18,000 people showed up to enjoy Winter Jam 2013 that included popular Christian artists such as Matthew West, Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace, Jason Castro, Royal Tailor, Newsong, Captial Kings, Red and speaker Nick Hall. The show was amazing. Great music, awesome effects and lyrics that uplift, encourage and motivate you. I highly encourage you to attend a Winter Jam show near you.
If the above names do not ring a bell with you, then I encourage you to check out positive, encouraging KLove, which is a syndicated radio station that plays Christian Rock, Pop and other modern styles of music.
In between acts, speaker, Nick Hall, would take the stage and share Jesus with the crowd. One thing he said really stuck with me as I was planning on a blog entry on this topic anyway. The below is a paraphrase from Nick Hall:
The iPhone was created to do great things. However, if you do not plug it in to recharge, it won’t work the way it was intended. To recharge it, all you have to do is plug it in for a little while each day. Once it is recharged, it will do all the great things it was designed to do. You were also created to do great things. God created each and every one of you.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10.
Without recharging, we also will not work as intended. How do we recharge? We recharge by spending time each day in God’s word. We recharge by turning off the iPhone, iPad, Facebook, TV, video games, etc and opening our bibles and reading what God has given to us.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” – 2 Timothy 3:16
I know we often think to recharge or gain a new outlook on life, a big change is needed or we need to rest more or eat better but “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”- Matthew 4:4. It is crucial that we spend time daily in God’s word and it is much easier than you think. Pick a time that works best for you and start with dedicating five minutes. I am sure that once you get started you will soon find that five minutes is not enough and will begin to crave more.
If you have trouble finding time to read God’s word, then getting your priorities straight should be a goal but I will save that for another time. Instead, here are some options to squeezing in that daily bible reading:
- Turn off the TV a little early before bed and open your bible.
- Download a bible app on your iPod, iPhone or Smartphone and read while standing in line at the pharmacy, bank, etc or while waiting in the doctor’s office…..you get the idea.
- Read during your lunch break at work.
- Consider purchasing the bible on CD and listen during your drive time to and from work.
- Download an audio version and listen on your iPod or other MP3 device while cleaning, working out, making dinner, etc.
- Make it family time. Have everyone pick out a different passage daily to share.
Don’t stress over the number of pages or feel you have to read the bible cover to cover. Feel free to skip around, read your favorite scriptures over and over, and start anywhere you like. Find what works best for you but be sure to read God’s word daily.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” –Joshua 1:8
**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **
*For more on Nick Hall, check out www.pulsemovement.com.