The Sword of the Spirit
I love the Word of the Lord. It never ceases to amaze me how I can read the same passage of Scripture multiple times and receive something different from Him every time. As I mentioned yesterday, there is a burden to allow this space to be a Bible study of sorts. I invite you to walk with me through the pages of the most sacred set of stories, laws, songs, letters and prophecies known to man. Let's read.
I admit that it is somewhat difficult for me when I try to suggest where one should start reading. I often say as I have heard others say: the gospel of John. I have also recommended the book of James as a great jumping off point. So, you know, as I should have done before, I asked the Lord where we should start in this endeavor. I feel reminded of how I fell head over heels for the Word, and I offer to you the path that helped me form a "habit" that I pray is never broken.
Please remember that each of us is different, and the Lord knows that. I am the type who doesn't care for reading very much, as I get bored and sidetracked easily. I love how my Jesus knew me and knew how to take me by the hand and draw me into His Word in such a way that boredom was out of the question. Even the "begats" began to be clues to know Him more. So I will share with you the beginnings of my intense journey, and I pray that you discover His beautiful way of speaking with you, also.
It is hard for me to start at Genesis and read straight through to Revelation. It is even hard for me to start at the beginning of any of the books and read them in a normal manner. What benefited me initially (and still to this day has the greatest impact) is a bounce-around method that is led by the Holy Spirit. Opening to one section, then flipping to another - also following a trail of reference notes that causes me to read what would seem unrelated Scriptures - has shown and taught me the connections of the Old and New Testament, the red thread that the Lord has tied all throughout the Word. It may have seemed confusing at times, as I didn't have full understanding of all of the background...but that caused me to keep digging to know the background. With time and consistency, a beautiful foundation had been laid.
I cannot stress enough that it was not my ability to choose what I read, nor my understanding that caused me to keep going and keep digging. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. I give all glory to the Holy Spirit for opening the Word to me. So that is my suggestion to you: ask Him to lead you in reading, to open your eyes to see what He wants you to see, and to give you understanding that you couldn't possibly achieve on your own.
I read this morning and was reminded of a connection the Lord gave me a few years ago, and so I would like to leave you with it today to chew on and dig into if you would like to do so.
Judges 3:12-30 / Isaiah 34:1-8.
I challenge you to open your heart to allow the Spirit to not only show you something cool, but also to do a work within you.
Father, I know that the Sword of the Spirit that You equipped us with is Your Word. I ask You to train us how to wield Your Sword to line up with it ourselves, that we may be consistent with it in battle, as well. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 2:14