Find God by Learning from the Bible

By Deborah Lovett:


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Learning from the Bible will lead you to salvation, wisdom, healing and joy, even in difficult circumstances.

 

“Learned” and “left are the significant words in today’s lesson:

John 4:3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

When you think about it, these words seem strange when they are used to describe Jesus. How does the Son of God learn anything? Does He look it up in a religious book or encyclopedia? Or go ask the Pharisees? (I don’t think so!)

Since He was the Son of God, Jesus had some pretty special connections, so I bet if He wanted, He could just go straight to the top!

Let’s see how we ourselves can find God by learning.

If you’re at all like me, you may have had seasons in your life when you tended to use others’ opinions, rather than God, as your plumb line for advice. One is fickle; the other is infinite. When my earthly father talks to me, I listen, (although he may question that statement!) but I really pay attention to my heavenly Father! The Pharisees could have eliminated a lot of grief in their lives if they had just asked Jesus what was going on. Honesty, openness and authenticity go a long way in eliminating games in relationships. In this verse, Jesus is telling us to not rely exclusively on what we hear from others, but at least sometimes, to learn for ourselves.

Speaking of learning, did you know that the word “disciple” actually means learner?

We are first and foremost disciples of Jesus Christ. Yes, we learn from our church leaders, but our first allegiance is to Christ. We can almost always assume our pastors, spiritual directors, and bible study teachers have the best intentions, but at times even they can mislead us. Always check what you hear against the Word of God, especially when your spirit senses that something you hear may not be quite right.

Jesus knew the truth, because Jesus was Truth in person—and He still is today! When we are His disciples, it’s our responsibility to keep learning through Bible reading, prayer, studies, and most importantly, through our personal relationship with Him by visiting Him at the Well daily. A lack of learning and growing results in an emptiness deep down inside.  I hope today you will be finding God by learning something new in His Word.

© Deborah Lovett. This article is an excerpt from the book Gushing Springs by Deborah Lovett, available on Kindle, for iPad, or at DeborahLovett.com.

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Finding God after my Tirade in Aisle 5

By Heidi McLaughlin:

Exhausted and depleted, I lost control. Thankfully I realized it takes seeking and finding God daily to live a satisfying life.

 

grocery store mishap

My heart sinks when I hear someone say: “I feel so overwhelmed, overscheduled and fatigued that I am afraid I am bypassing my divine life’s purpose.” Each time I hear the framework of those words, a familiar arrow hits my heart.

I know what it feels like to function at Mach 2 speed. I am a card carrying member of this generation that is running on a depleted “soul tank.”  Like unrelenting shock waves I hear stories of another blown up marriage or someone unraveling like an ‘out of control’ scotch-tape dispenser. Years ago I came to the shocking realization that I had to make some relentless decisions to slow down and leave more margins in my life. This revelation came to me in a large grocery store.

In the middle of Aisle 5 of the canned fruits and vegetables I flipped out over the fact that the store had run out of their whole cranberry sauce.

Before you chastise me, you have to understand it was three days before Christmas and I was exhausted and running late.  Back then I didn’t realize the danger of running on a depleted soul. When our bodies are ready to crumble under fatigue, it doesn’t take a universal catastrophe to crush the last remnants of our sanity.

After I was rude to the clerk and stomped out of the store, I sat in my car and submitted to my inexcusable, shameful behavior. Something was wrong and it had to change. I was not experiencing the life that Jesus said is available to all of us. The Bible says:

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT).

I know that you and I do not want to miss out on the fulfilling life that is right in front of our noses.  But how do we re-schedule our days, dismiss some obligations, disappoint people and give up our people-pleasing gratification?

As women of influence we need to be able to orchestrate our lives through a wiser grid. Let’s recognize the fact that we are modeling this behavior to a younger generation that is already struggling with depleted souls. Instead of beating ourselves up with endless obligation we need to model more Christ-like tenderness towards ourselves and others. How then do we change the tension of all our demands into a nourishing tenderness?

Please know that as I am writing this article I am not the teacher who has it all figured out and is giving self-righteous advice. I am still the student. Changing tension into tenderness is a daily struggle and commitment.  But I do know this: it is my responsibility to guard against the constant barrage of invading tension. The bible tells me that this all starts in my heart:

Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Here are 4 things that help me.

  1. Realizing my heart is the essence of who I am. It is where all my passions, desires and dreams live. It is the part that connects me with God and all people around me. I need to listen to the murmurings of my heart and make it a top priority to keep it physically, spiritually and emotionally healthy.
  2. Knowing that my heart is under constant attack from the demands of life around me. No one else can change my tension into tenderness. Every choice I make is in my power and I need God to help me.
  3. Being brutally honest about why I am trying to cram so much into my life. I need to ask some harsh questions. What is my distorted vision and belief system which makes me believe I have value only when I work so hard?  Why do I feel jabs of guilt when I goof off and feel unproductive? Do I continue to work to earn love and approval from others instead of God?
  4. Ending my time each day with God with this simple little prayer. “God help me to do today what I need to do today. No more and no less. To give glory to Your name. Amen.” It’s a simple prayer but it has revolutionized my life and God is empowering me to keep my days balanced, so that I can enjoy the rich and satisfying life available to me.

You and I live in the daily tension of meeting life’s demands plus trying to find tenderness for our own soul. The power lies in our hearts. I challenge you to make some bold choices to change your tension into tenderness.

© Heidi McLaughlin. For over two decades Heidi has taught women how to become “beautiful from the inside out”, applying God’s powerful truths via bible studies, mentoring, and Heidi’s own poignant stories.  Visit Heidi at www.heartconnection.ca, or  her blog. Follow Heidi on Twitter: @heidiheart

Here’s a relaxing video to watch if you are feeling stressed and need to focus on God:

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Finding God in a Healthy Self-Image

By Karen O’Connor:

Reading David’s prayer in the Bible, I realize that finding God in a healthy self-image is what He wants for you and me.

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In Psalm 8, verse 3 and 4 in the Bible (New International Version), the writer David says to the Lord in prayer:

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—

the moon and the stars you set in place—

what are mere mortals that you should think about them,

human beings that you should care for them?

Then he goes on to say:

Yet you made them only a little lower than God

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You gave them charge of everything you made,

putting all things under their authority—

After reading such an awesome prayer it would be impossible not to think of ourselves in a new and confident way and to find God in a healthy self-image. Consider how he made us and the responsibility and privileges he gave us—because God loves us and because we are created in his image.

Whenever I feel down about something I said or did I return to this prayer and start all over again—knowing that God has forgiven me and is ready for me to take up my life again—by his grace. Then I imagine myself wearing the crown of glory and honor God has set on my head. And he has set a crown on your head too.

Take a look at this YouTube video featuring Joyce Meyer speaking about developing a healthy self-image.

 ©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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