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These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NASB)

Let me ask you today my friends, who is your favourite author or your favourite book (s)? Or maybe you are not a reader, some folks aren’t, your favourite stories come from the movies or tv shows. For the sake of openness three of my favourite authors are Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter and Bernard Cornwell. I also enjoy the Tolkien books and movies, and any good historical dramas. Yet my reading of fiction has decreased in the last few years; and my reading of my Bible has increased significantly.

There wasΒ  time when my reading of the Bible was what I would call duty reading; verses and paragraphs from some devotional each day if all was well…but often missing days. It is reasonable to assume that such a fractured relationship with God’s Holy Word leads to a similar relationship with prayer, and also with God too. Health issues made me re-evaluate my life and made me aware things needed to change. I have since then reached a stage where the older I get I feel a greater urgency for God’s Word, my passion for it keeps increasing.

My reading schedule in His Word is 23 days behind, which would have racked me with guilt previously, but not now…Satan can take a hike on that score! In the end it is not about the schedule but about consistency in studying His Word for me. Today’s verses come from the 13th of March which I read yesterday; and they have much to say to us about our relationship with God’s Word which encourage me personally.

As believers we must not read the Bible; but be devoted entirely to the Word of God…the first is a book but the second is His personal message to you each day. For that reason we must treasure it deep within our heart. His Word should saturate our heart such that we are excited to share what we read with those closest to us, and those we meet whilst shopping. I say saturate on purpose, His Words should be with us every hour of every day. It should saturate your life such that it can be seen in you, on you and in your home around you.

Dear reader, oh I am excited by the delight of being so in love with God’s Word in ones life – it draws us closer to Him and the blessings of His close presence. So put down that novel, switch off the tv and pick up His Word. Read methodically taking notes and also read favourite passages for pleasure, in this I guarantee your Father God will bless you richly.

24 thoughts on “Passion For His Word

    1. Hi Mandy, Thank you for your precious words of encouragement. I must admit I was worried this one was too direct, but I did write with my heart on this one. May our Father God continue to guide and bless you, Nathan and wee PQ too. πŸ™

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    1. Hi Barbara, I used to get similarly twisted by falling behind; the enemy would whisper how useless I was and how I had failed God, and why would He listen to me now? But then the day came when I realised it was all lies to try and separate me from God; I am sure it was His Holy Spirit coming to my aid.
      Your “but” is exactly correct sister; quality is more important than quantity when it comes to being in His Word!

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      1. This describes my journey too. I avoid dated devotionals because I’m prone to stumble into a pit of dutiful reading. “Check that’s done,” and quit due to discouragement if I fall behind. Undated plans offer me the freedom to move at the pace needed. I may spend three days on the same passage to ruminate on a new truth/concept revealed before I move on.

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      2. That is a good point about the benefit of undated devotionals Manette, I too like them listed purely as numbered days. It is often the case that the Spirit will show us something especially pertinent which will excite our heart, and we simply must stop and meditate on it in greater depth.

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  1. Amen. I knew someone that read the bible from cover to cover, but didn’t see what the fuss was about. It meant nothing to him. But when he gave his life to Jesus, that once dull book spoke to him in amazing ways.

    And that is what I love about scripture. It is alive and kicking!

    Great post – thanks Alan.

    We need not just to read it, but take it in – yes, love this.

    Andy B

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  2. So, I love well placed words that can in a single stroke drive home a point or paint a clear picture. Your choice of the word “saturate” does just that. I also appreciated your statement, “In the end it is not about the schedule but about consistency in studying His Word for me.” I’ve learned reading plans don’t mix well with my goal driven personality type. I would read simply to check off the box rather than give the Holy Spirit freedom to walk me through the Word at His pace. I do much better setting a block of time aside to be in the Word with no set expectation of how much will be read.

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    1. Hi Beth, thank you for your encouragement. I have a varied approach, sometimes plans work and sometimes they don’t. Very often I use reading plans as a very loose guide which is the case at present. I am of the opinion that reading plans can easily end up working for Satan if not used judiciously, which may shock some folk reading this. I think it is the same thing as always sitting in the same place in church, Satan can use routine to disturb and discourage folk.
      God bless you and your family this weekend sister πŸ™

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  3. I’m a Jewish believer. One thing that I have appreciated about my Jewish ancestry is that we read a weekly Torah portion every Shabbat ( Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). As a believer ( Messianic) our weekly portion of course includes the B’rit Chadashah in Hebrew, meaning “New Covenant”. We meditate on these scriptures all week. The scripture you quoted at the beginning is part of our daily prayers- it’s part of the Shema, the daily declaration of faith. In its entirety, the Shema consists of three paragraphs: Deuteronomy 6:4–9, Deuteronomy 11:13–21 and Numbers 15:37–41. I recommend it. Allow the words to settle into your heart and mind until they become part of your very existence.

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    1. Wow thank you for sharing your thoughts and valuable insights with me and others here. I am going to make some notes of these comments and recommendations. May you know the blessing of His presence dear sister. πŸ™

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