You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, February 16, 2013: How the Bible Changes Us

By Anita Everly

WARNING: Contents may illuminate your mind, stimulate spiritual growth, activate your faith and eradicate guilt. In most, it’s been found to completely recreate lives.
If that were a prescription, we would be eager to take it on schedule, even if it meant three times daily.  And thankfully, we have access to that kind of power through the Holy Bible. Yet often we let it sit on a shelf, unopened and unused.
“For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitude of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12
When we search His word, what is there is the beginning of a conversation with the Lord; His words are received and we respond. It’s living, active and deeply personal and specific.
I had a beautiful example of this during a fall retreat with some of my small group ladies.  We were all instructed to read through a particular set of verses in the Bible and journal on them during a time of solitude. Later when we discussed what God might be teaching us, three of us had very profound impressions. And all three were completely different. Did two of us interpret the Word incorrectly? No.  It was simply that profoundly personal to each of us in our particular situations of life. And they were familiar verses to all of us, but they had come alive in new, specific ways.
The key is that we have to choose to engage with the Word. It’s powerful, but not if it is closed on a shelf.  If we are seeking, we will find Him and all that he has to teach us. As Pastor Joe said, “God directs a moving object.” If we choose to be like obstinate toddlers, He will let us, but in such a stance we cannot expect to be moved to recreated lives.
As God as our guide and His word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105), yes, we are privy only to the immediate steps. By Him lighting only the steps in front of us we are inclined to stay nearer to Him for direction. If the path were lit far beyond our immediate sight, we would surely run headlong, leaving the Source of light in our dust.  He wants us to be near-sighted, trusting in just seeing Him and His Word along the journey. His Word tethers us to the very knowing and guidance of Christ himself. The Bible is the breath of God, spoken directly and personally to each of us.
And it’s in the process of reading the Word and recording what He’s speaking to us that we are also able to see more clearly how we have been changed by the Word. How our “no ways” have become “okays” and our prayers have become praises and His hand has been in our lives in ways we had never noticed.
The Bible:  Take in often. Multiple times daily. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Repeat.

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

 

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