Monday, April 14, 2008

Questions to ask.....

....while reading your Bible:

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

What attitudes do I need to change?

What do I need to start or stop doing?

What do I need to believe or stop believing?

What relationships do I need to work on?

What ministry should I be having to others?

I found these questions in an old journal entry & decided to print them out as a reference for my quiet times. I think it will really serve to engage my mind and to glean more from what I'm reading. I thought it might help someone else as well.

Any other questions you keep in mind while reading your Bible?


Saralyn said...

Jesus summed up the commandments in two statements: love God, love your neighbor. As a recovering legalist, I find that examining Scripture through the lense of the new commandment helps me keep the focus of redemption and sanctification on the Lord, otherwise I have a tendency to try to slide by on my own righteousness.

MommySecrets said...

Great tips!!

Anna said...

Lately, I've had this heaviness in my chest...all the time I guess, but even more so as I spend time with God. I cannot for the life of me figure out why. I have prayed for Him to reveal that to me, I have asked for forgiveness, asked to be more aware of my sins, but still to no avail. I will try your suggestion. But a part of me wonders if it is just my hang up on this appeal. My heart labors and aches to take care of Kyle, but I think I need to trust God that even if we don't win...He knows what he's doing. I wish I knew why the heaviness and if God is trying to tell me something. Thanks for the suggestions.

Rebecca said...

Saralyn: I know all about trying to slide by on my own righteousness. So I guess I can add, "How can I love God more? How can I love people better?"

Anna: I will be praying for you. I don't know if this makes sense, but the first thing that came to my mind and heart as I read your comment was that you need some PEACE. I have felt that heavy laden chest before & also a churning sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when things just weren't "right" in my walk. Isn't it weird/amazing how our bodies respond to our spirits??

Anna said...

You're probably just hit the nail on the head. I absolutely don't have peace. How can I, when I feel this child is not being raised up to his greatest potential, when he's possibly being abused, when he could be raised in a Christian home where we will do anything to help him succeed. How can I have peace? By trusting God that he knows what's best for us, whether I understand it or not. I'm working on it. For all I know, we are going to win this appeal hands down and I will have exhausted all this energy wondering if God is going to pull through when I could have been waiting patiently on his timing. Sorry for sabotaging your post :)