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The Key to God’s Word Having Power in Our Lives – by Nikka

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This is a guest post by Nikka – www.peacefulwifephilippines.blogspot.com

Regarding Bible reading, I have experienced for myself that the ONLY time that the Words of God starting being lucid, easy to understand convicting for me was after I truly let go and let God.

Before, when I would read it, it felt like a “chore”. Sometimes, my eyes would read just one sentence again and again and again, without it sinking in. Other times, I would have finished one whole book and when I try to recollect what I have learned, my memory comes out empty.

I am a Catholic Christian and Bible-reading though encouraged, is not the order of the day. A Catholic Bible is almost always “immaculate” from lack of use. (A running joke among Christians, I know! My own Bible was “perfect” before my conviction.)

It was only when I died to myself, got convicted by our Lord, and repented for all my sins did the Bible become the source of inspiration and joy and peace, that it now is to me. Now, I cannot NOT read my Bible daily. It would seem like NOT drinking water or NOT eating food, which would be the death of me!!! I thirst and hunger for His Word daily! That is not my doing, but the Spirit’s leading.

Psalm 119:11

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Suddenly, without any extra effort on my part, after my dying to self, the Spirit has filled me up with a hunger and longing to read Scripture at any time, so much so that on easy days, I read for hours on end, and I still want more! I never go out without my Bible anymore. I read it when the line is long in the grocery, when I am waiting for the priest to start mass, when I am in the car stuck in traffic, etc.

Since my conversion, the Words of God are now seeming to jump off the pages! I am getting to know Who God really is, as opposed to Who I thought He was/is. It’s like the Lord and I are in this intimate getting-to-know-you stage. He is telling me Who He is, What He can do, and What He will do for ME if I cling to Him… On the other hand, because He constantly reveals Himself to me through His “Love Letters” (The Bible is a book of God’s Love for us!), I am getting to know myself more and more too. I am learning that I am nothing in comparison to God, and yet what is mind-blowing about it, is that HE LOVES ME! Jesus DIED FOR ME! The Spirit was SENT DOWN FOR ME!

In reading His Word, I am getting to know God; and in getting to know Him, I get to know myself too. This allows for me to find my most authentic self. That I am a sinner, and were it not for God’s Grace and Mercy, I, who am already nothing, will amount to much less than nothing.

Now, I find God in every page and what is amazing, is I find myself in every page too! I feel God speaking to me and I find myself being spoken about too!

I felt led to share this because, I believe that the beauty of God’s Word fails to transform even the most religious of people, if the death to self, repentance and seeking for God is not FULL. The Spirit can only FILL a person up if he/she is “empty” of one’s self. Otherwise, it can only poke a bit here and there, not being able to make a dent or much of a difference in one’s whole being.

One may know ABOUT God without knowing God.

It is the Spirit that will allow us to comprehend things that only the heart “sees”.

In ending, let me share this with you from 1 Corinthians. It might explain why the Truth in the Word fails to transform some of us here, who read the Word but are not changed by the Word…

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.c 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for ,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

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Just wanted to share this because some of us here might be wondering why despite reading the Word daily, it still does not excite you, comfort you or allow you to feel God’s Love for you.

It could very well be that the Spirit has not filled you up yet, because you are holding back, or are still cherishing sin.

Whatever it may be, my prayer is for you to fully let go and let God, sister. That is the only time that the Bible will become the wellspring of wisdom and knowledge to you. 🙂

Coming from a Catholic Christian who had an “immaculate” Bible for decades, this is a MIRACLE!!! 🙂

Love,

Nikka

39 thoughts on “The Key to God’s Word Having Power in Our Lives – by Nikka

  1. This is good!

    Please share your suggestions on how to choose what to read or how to get started. I always choose what I don’t understand or something that has nothing to do with my need or I have no idea how to apply it.

    Thnx!

    1. Hi PLM!

      I started with Proverbs. Our Catholic Bible has Sirach too, which I love. I read that after Proverbs.

      I then started reading and finished John, then I jumped to Job (Whoa, right? That was a difficult read and I needed a LOT of research on the net and on my Bible commentaries, to comprehend such “undeserved” suffering! But I loved it!) I have also finished the Book of James. I am now in Acts of the Apostles. 🙂

      I read Psalms when I want to pray using God’s Word.

      Ask the Spirit to lead you. April recommended reading John first, that’s why after my personally preferred books of Wisdom, I went straight to the Book of John. 🙂

      1. Nikka,

        Proverbs has a lot of wisdom! I love that book!

        Job is one of my favorites, but a commentary is probably much needed there, or you might end up believing the untrue things Job’s friends say. The first few chapters and then God’s speeches at the end are my favorite!

        1. Yes, exactly!

          I needed lots of commentaries from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. I wanted to be sure I did not interpret it according to how I understood it. Given that I am a “baby” in Bible-reading, I could very well misinterpret it.

      2. David Platt has a great series of sermons on Job that I just finished watching and would recommend. They can be found YouTube, here are the titles:

        The Gospel, God’s Sovereignty, and Suffering (Job 1-2)
        The Gospel, God’s Sufficiency, and Suffering (Job 3-31)
        The Gospel, God’s Purpose, and Suffering Part 1 (Job 3-31)
        The Gospel, God’s Purpose, and Suffering Part 2 (Job 38-42)

    2. PLM, April and Nikka have great posts that include bible verses and suggested reading. Also, I have a couple email subscriptions that deliver a daily bible verse. I read the short excerpt, then the verse, and then usually it will lead me further. I too experienced the “where do I start” dilemma. Just a small thought, I hope it helps.

    3. At the beginning of this year when I made a commitment to God to really spend time with Him in prayer and His Word, I, too, struggled with what to read and where to start. The Bible is a pretty big book and can be overwhelming & intimidating! There are so many guides and plans out there for different ways to read the Bible in different amounts of time, etc — I found that overwhelming, too! So, I just decided to start at the beginning — Genesis. And what a blessing it has been to me! God has been revealing amazing truths to me through the ancient stories of His people which are so unbelievably pertinent to me in my life today!

      I’m now reading Exodus and John and I also read Proverbs and am reading Psalms. I’m not rushing through these readings to stay on a schedule, but just reading as much as I feel I can absorb at that time — sometimes a couple chapters, sometimes not even a full chapter, sometimes from only one book a day, sometimes passages from several. Oh, I also read the shorter books of the prophets from the Old Testament as I’ve been trying to really grasp God’s sovereignty and have read several of the shorter epistles from the New Testament as I’ve been trying to grasp how God uses suffering to mold me in His image.

      I guess my point is that God knows our hearts and when we truly seek to know Him, He has promised to reveal Himself to us. I pray that you will dive into His Word and find it a deep mine of precious jewels of truth, promises, comfort and, even, conviction.

  2. Thank you Nikka. I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended a Catholic School. I read the bible daily, we studied it as we had an actual religion class, however, I struggled then and I struggle now. I do find myself reading and re-reading simply because nothing sank in. I think part of it is the version of the bible and too many words. I’m a very simple person and a simple learner. Tell me A, B and C, and skip the rest of the alphabet. I need the “point” right away or I move on to something easier to read. I am finding ways to understand it better. Sometimes if something seems hard to comprehend, I look at the particular scripture in different formats on line. It’s helped me a great deal.

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m in the middle of the storm, and although it’s getting easier, and I am finding peace that I’ve never felt before, sin very quickly seeps in, and I have to catch it immediately or I spiral down out of emotion. God is doing wonderful things in me, I just need to work on patience and seek more guidance.

    1. Hi Catherine!

      People now ask me if I am a “Christian”, meaning Protestant I believe, because I always have a Bible under my armpit! 🙂

      What I did was to get a Bible that had commentaries on the sides. It allows me to understand the context of the readings and further enlightens me on the Bible stories and verses.

      I do not trust myself to understand everything. I am wary of misinterpreting Scripture.

      I do pray to the Spirit to open up my heart and mind when I start reading.

      I was like you too, reading and re-reading Bible lines, sometimes even just one line again and again and again, not going past the line and not comprehending.

      Pray to the Spirit to allow you to understand the Holy Book.

      Once the Spirit reveals to you the hidden meanings of the Words, it is amazing!!!

      God bless you as you hurdle whatever crisis you are experiencing now. He is in control!

      Love,

      Nikka

    2. Catherine,
      I am thrilled about what God is doing in your life! Woohoooooo!!!!

      I think if we focus on the parts we CAN understand and ask God to reveal His truth and wisdom to us, we can glean a lot. There will always be more to learn. Commentaries can be helpful. Of course, they are human opinion, so we have to be careful not to make them equal to scripture. But they can help our understanding at times.

      If we could just get I Corinthians 13:4-8, Philippians 4, Romans 8, Romans 12 in our heads, we would have strong, vibrant lives full of God’s power and truth!

      Focus on what you can understand and ask God to show you exactly what He wants you to absorb right now. He can make ideas leap off of the page into your mind. It is amazing. As you read and seek him with all your heart, He will use His Word to transform your life if you are willing to fully trust Him and submit to Him. 🙂

      1. “if you are willing to fully trust Him and submit to Him.”
        I think that is the key to experirncing God through His word is coming to His word with this heart and mindset:)

    3. Hi Catherine:

      I too find that sometimes I read the Bible and I am unable to understand it. I am getting much better at it now though, especially since I started off focusing on the sections that were easy for me to understand. I think sometimes, even for seasoned Bible-readers, it is not easy to understand some of the material easily.

      However, re your statement;
      “I am finding ways to understand it better. Sometimes if something seems hard to comprehend, I look at the particular scripture in different formats on line.”

      You are correct – we do sometimes need to get help from other sources (or versions). I just want to caution you, that we need to be careful of the sources (versions) we use to glean a better understanding. As one pastor once said to me, it does not matter if we understand what we read, if what we understand is not correct. Not all interpretations are accurate.

    1. Hi Elizabeth!

      The Spirit will help you understand the hidden meanings in the Holy Book, as long as you allow the Spirit to transform you and after you have truly let go and let God.

      Do keep reading. It is crucial to our walk with Christ. I used to think I had no need for it, since I had a “relationship” with God anyway. How foolish of me! It’s like marrying somebody whom I did not even know. Or getting married and not caring one bit if I had no idea who he was or what he was. No wonder I had a very distorted view of God. I confined Him in my very limited mind. 🙁

      Yes, that someday might be soon! Praying for that.

      Love,

      Nikka

    2. Elizabeth,
      I will pray with you!

      A great way to start is to ask God to reveal any sin in your life that may be grieving His Spirit. If we cherish sin, we cannot hear God’s voice. For me, the sins that were blinding me were major pride, self-righteousness, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and idolatry (putting my will above God, putting my desire for control above Christ in my heart, unbelief, lack of faith in God, worry, disobedience to God’s Word for me in many areas, disrespect for my husband, lack of fear of God, irreverence towards God…)

      It was only when I was willing to turn away from these things and turn to God in total faith that I began to be able to really hear Him and experience His peace and joy.

      Much love!!!
      April

    3. Elizabeth, I am praying the same prayer!

      I have struggled to understand chapters, without the help of commentaries, but I have been convicted of statements, ie Psalms or Proverbs. Short, concise and sweet is how I seem to gain understanding.

      Additionally, I have been using the internet to look a chapters in other translations to see if I gain more understanding.

      As Catherine suggested, I have been using several devotionals and daily scripture with commentaries, (Oswald Chambers “My Utmost of His Highest”, “Tabletalk” by RC Sproul, Alistair Begg’s “Truth for Life”) that has been very helpful is ‘understanding’. There is a Bible App that one can download that will give you a daily scripture to read.

      I also use the Concordance and Instructions for Righteousness (http://www.doorposts.com/details.aspx?id=15) to look for specific topics that I’m struggling with! Instructions for Righteousness was designed for child rearing and addressing sins with children, but I have found it VERY useful for my own struggles! So when I need to address “complaining and arguing”, I look it up and it gives all the scripture that addresses it.

    4. Yes, He will! It’s a promise and a gift from our Savior!

      “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

      Keep praying, believing, and reading!

      “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14

  3. Thank you Nikka! I have been looking for a good “read through the Bible in one year” list. I think I found one this morning. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. I had heard that John was a great place to start because it focuses, more than the other Gospels, on God’s love. One of the biggest keys to all of what you both have been writing about is having that relationship with God – it’s not as Nikka said today about your head knowledge of God. It’s about knowing and believing his truths and his character and his love in your heart.

    Our church used to have a format to help really apply God’s word to our hearts. We would read a passage of scripture – and I would suggest no more than a full chapter at a time but even that is probably too much… But after reading we would answer the following questions:

    1. What is one word or phrase that sticks out to me in this passage?
    2. Why does it stick out/what is a story or illustration from your life that pertains to this passage?
    3. What do you think God is saying to you through this passage or how is he calling you to action?
    4. (this was a group question but you can reword it for yourself…) if I could pray for you about something relating to this passage, what would it be?

    It’s kind of like when you pray Scripture and you go through and change the words for yourself. At this point it becomes less about the knowledge and more about how God wants to use it for you.

    I so agree that when there is any sin in your heart, it keeps you from God. This is so biblical! Whenever I feel God silent, I continue to repent for how I just don’t do things right and ask God to reveal specifics to me where I need to change my actions, thoughts, etc. it doesn’t have to be a big thing to have it keep you from God! And he wants to help us! He just wants us to be humble enough to confess our humanity and ask for his help… If you think you have it all together, then I think he backs off since you have this, and “you don’t need his help” he lets you try to figure it out on your own… Until you realize you do need his help.

    Blessings to my sisters as you start or continue to pursue God with your whole hearts!

    1. I love the ideas. Emily C the questions are a great idea and that link looks perfect senterwife. I love how we can all come together like this. You are all truly a blessing to me!

    2. Thanks for the tips, Emily C! 🙂

      I find myself mulling over the Bible people of old, and putting myself in their shoes. What you shared is very helpful. 🙂

      Question to anyone who wants to answer.

      How do you feel about the “killings” and “violence” in the Old Testament? I find myself scared to my wits of God the Father there! I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and since the human race is evolving, the drastic measures taken in the distant past were what was ‘necessary’ during that time. But it still gives me much discomfort reading about all the violence there. I read a lot of NT books now, but I also read some OT books, every now and then, like Genesis and Job and Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc… but the OT is generally “scary” to me.

      Any thoughts on this? 🙂

      1. I’d love to hear others’ thoughts on this, too. The violence of the Old Testament is hard to understand.

        Even the Psalms I have found difficult because of the violent way the psalmist speaks about his enemies, praying destruction and death on them. I was really struggling with this while trying to pray different psalms because I felt like I could not pray such violent things against my enemies and, on top of that, I don’t consider myself to have any enemies! Mostly I’m praying in regards to my husband being drawn to God and our marriage being restored, but no matter what my husband does, I do not consider him my enemy nor do I want him destroyed like the psalmist speaks of so often.

        Then it dawned on me… my enemies are not my husband or other people around me — my enemies are my own sinful nature, “the flesh”, mainly, my PRIDE!. Now THAT is an enemy that I can wholeheartedly pray for God to completely and utterly demolish and kill!!!! Now I can pray every word of these psalms with sincerity because of the truth that the Spirit revealed to me.

        Back to the violence of the Old Testament stories, though… maybe it’s detailed to illustrate the vast difference between life before and after Jesus’ sacrifice? Rather like the detailing of the sacrifices and offerings the Israelites need to bring God which are not longer necessary because Jesus fulfilled all of God’s holy requirements in His sacrifice for us.

        You know, the New Testament has a lot of violence, too, but it’s different. There the violence is mainly persecution — torture and killing — of Christians as they furthered the Gospel. In the Old Testament, a lot of the violence you might be referring to is God’s people destroying other people who opposed God and them as God led them to His promised land. I think it is much harder to understand why God would have His people use violence to accomplish His will, especially when the message of Jesus in the New Testament seems to be completely opposite (turn the other cheek, return good for evil, etc).

        I don’t know the answer, that’s for sure, but I did read this verse the other day and it seems applicable:

        “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Exodus 20:20

        1. Thanks Cat! 🙂

          I think the reason why I did not want to open up the Holy Book before was I was scared to blaspheme God. I could not for the life of me, seem to understand how God could side with people to kill His other creations. It was too scary a concept for me.

          But, I think as a new Bible reader, starting with the NT Books allows me to really marvel at God the Father’s Love for us. He sent His Son to save all of us, while we were all still sinners.

          When Jesus descended unto the dead, it is believed that He went for the Holy ones who died pre-His Incarnation, to give them solace and comfort. Supposedly, they were all kept in the “bosom of Abraham.” (I read this in a Chirstian site.)

          I feel so blessed because I live at a time, when the Lord had already saved us. We know where we are headed. He resurrected from the dead! He conquered death, which to satan was defeat, only to be possibly blown out of his proud mind, because death was no longer something to be feared. It was already an entry into heaven for God’s adopted children!

          If we are too look at Jesus, and Him Alone, we know that God the Father is exactly like He is too — Just, Merciful, Kind and Loving.

          The things I do not comprehend I just let it be. My limited human mind could not absorb all of God’s concept of Justice and Mercy.

          Isaiah 55:8
          “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.”

          Thanks for the Bible verse too, sister Cat. 🙂

          Love,

          NIkka

          1. Nikka and Cat,

            I don’t like the violence in the Old Testament, either, but I believe that it is important for us to understand the character of God. He is HOLY and JUST. He does not and cannot ignore sin. And, “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.”

            The sacrificial system of the Old Testament was a very graphic and constant reminder to the people of God that someone had to die to pay for sin in God’s sight.

            The wars and killing in the Old Testament are very much about God’s judgment and punishment and He uses wars to accomplish His purposes among the nations. The killing of all the people on earth except for Noah and his family – was a punishment for the gross sin of the people of that time that had progressed beyond the point of there being any ability to salvage the people. They had 969 years of warning. Methusulah, the man who lived the longest in history, had a name that meant “when he dies, the rains will come.” Then Noah preached to the people for 120 years while he built the ark. The people refused to repent.

            When God commanded Israel to kill the Canaanites, it was because God knew the Canaanites would bring idolatry into the people of God and would lead to their ultimate destruction in future generations. The people did not kill all of the Canaanites like God had told them to, and generations later, they were so steeped in idolatry that they would not repent and they ended up being almost destroyed twice and sent into captivity twice – by Assyria, then by Babylon. God spared those He knew would be repentant in captivity, and then eventually brought them back to the promised land.

            Whenever there is war and destruction – God used it as punishment against Israel or against the other nations to display His holiness, His wrath and to execute righteous judgment on unrepentant sinners.

            It is definitely quite sobering!

            Much love!

          2. PS
            I believe it helps us to understand even more clearly just how precious grace, mercy and forgiveness are, that we might treat them with great honor, reverence and care and learn from the examples of those who have gone before us.

          3. I should not try to get ready for work and comment at the same time! I end up being too fragmented, but I will be away from the computer all day, and this is such an important discussion…

            🙂

            I just read Deuteronomy 7 this morning, where God commands Israel to destroy the Canaanites completely. Israel was a theocracy. God was their King. They had a physical kingdom here on earth. Several times, God mentioned that the Canaanites’ sin had not yet reached its full measure earlier, in Genesis, I believe. God gives each nation time to repent of their sins. Sometimes it is dozens of years, or several generations. But, ultimately, if a nation continues to rebel against Him and continues in idolatry and other sin, eventually, their sin will reach its full measure in God’s sight, and He will destroy them.

            I love the book of Habbakuk. Habbakuk asks God why He allows the injustice and sin to continue on in Israel and why is He doing nothing about the wickedness of the people? God answers to him that He is raising up a king (the king of Babylon) and will call him to come administer justice and punishment on Israel for their sin.

            Habbakuk asks God why He would allow a people more wicked than Israel to be the instrument of judgment against Israel. God answers that He will raise up another kingdom to punish Babylon.

            The Old Testament is so full of examples of how sovereign God is. He gives people time to repent. But ultimately, if they do not, then they will be destroyed. They choose that path themselves. They choose to hate God and cling to idols.

            I love to see how God affects the affairs of nations and kings and how He is able to call pagan kings to come do His bidding – even though they don’t know that is what they are doing. One of my favorite stories is in Daniel about King Nebudchadnezzar. He was king of Babylon, and became very prideful about all that “he” had done to build “his” kingdom. God told him that He gives power and authority to whomever He wishes and that because of his pride, he would be like a wild animal, living outside and eating grass for 7 years. And that is what happened – he went crazy and lived outside for 7 years until he acknowledged the sovereignty of God over the kingdoms of men and humbled himself. When he did that, God restored the kingdom to him.

            Ultimately, God does all things, including punish nations – for His glory. And He is able to use disasters, war, diseases, famine, plagues and pestilence to accomplish His righteous and good purposes among people.

            I believe that because we have lost our focus on God’s holiness, and we just want to talk about His love, we lost the balance between God’s love and justice in our picture of God and that is largely why we have lost our “fear” of God. This is part of the mystery of the character of God – the way that He is all at the same time love, mercy, justice, holiness, righteousness, might, power, gentleness and meekness and that He is sovereign.

            Daniel 4:

            All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Just twelve months later, he was walking on the balcony of the royal palace in Babylon and boasted, “Look at this, Babylon the great! And I built it all by myself, a royal palace adequate to display my honor and glory!”

            31-32 The words were no sooner out of his mouth than a voice out of heaven spoke, “This is the verdict on you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your kingdom is taken from you. You will be driven out of human company and live with the wild animals. You will eat grass like an ox. The sentence is for seven seasons, enough time to learn that the High God rules human kingdoms and puts whomever he wishes in charge.”

            33 It happened at once. Nebuchadnezzar was driven out of human company, ate grass like an ox, and was soaked in heaven’s dew. His hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a hawk.

            34-35 “At the end of the seven years, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked to heaven. I was given my mind back and I blessed the High God, thanking and glorifying God, who lives forever:

            “His sovereign rule lasts and lasts,
            his kingdom never declines and falls.
            Life on this earth doesn’t add up to much,
            but God’s heavenly army keeps everything going.
            No one can interrupt his work,
            no one can call his rule into question.
            36-37 “At the same time that I was given back my mind, I was also given back my majesty and splendor, making my kingdom shine. All the leaders and important people came looking for me. I was reestablished as king in my kingdom and became greater than ever. And that’s why I’m singing—I, Nebuchadnezzar—singing and praising the King of Heaven:

            “Everything he does is right,
            and he does it the right way.
            He knows how to turn a proud person
            into a humble man or woman.”

          4. Thanks April!

            You just toured me to the Olden Times with your comments. I appreciate them a LOT! 🙂

            I just wanted to copy-paste a lovely article written by Greg Brezina of Christian Families Today. It talks about God and why He created us in the first place 🙂 It’s very lengthy.

            Why Did God Create Humanity?

            Why did God create humanity? To love Him? To serve Him? To glorify Him? The real answer to this question may surprise you.

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            by Greg Brezina

            When the question “Why did God create humanity?” is asked, the same answers seem to surface. Some say, “God was motivated to create humanity so that they would love Him.” Their belief is based upon the greatest commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…”

            Others say, “God created humanity to serve Him.” And they usually quote the great commission. Thus, we often hear the cliché “We are saved to serve.”

            Along with God creating humanity to love and to serve Him, some add “God created man to obey Him.”

            Still others say that God was motivated to create humanity to get glory. They quote I Corinthians 10:31b which says, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Strong’s Concordance defines the word glory as “giving praise.” Thus, to glorify God is to tell Him how great He is. This leads some to incorrectly say that God has the world’s greatest ego.

            It is important that we love God, because loving God is something humanity was designed to do, but that is not why He ultimately created us. To say that God created humanity to love Him is to insinuate that God has an unmet love need.

            It is also important to serve God, but that also is not why He created us. Scripture specifically states that He is not “…served by human hands…”

            Obedience to God is important, but that is not why He created us either. To say that God created man to obey Him is to assume that He has some sort of perverted need to hold power over people and boss them around.

            Humanity has been designed to give God glory, but that again is not why He created us. God did not create humanity because He needed His ego built up.

            God has no unmet need. He is sufficient within Himself. God is the giver. Man is the receiver. Scripture says that it is God who gives “life and breath and all things….” God does not need humanity, but humanity needs God, “…for in Him we live, and move, and have our being….”

            God commands us to love, serve, obey and glorify God for our benefit. The only way we can experience health and wholeness is by spontaneously loving, serving, obeying, and glorifying Him.

            Then why did God create humanity? The use of an analogy will assist us in answering this question. But please keep in mind that an analogy comparing God to man will be inadequate in some ways. So let’s focus on the aspects of the analogy that can assist us.

            As a healthy couple is to birthing babies, so is God to creating humanity. It is an unhealthy couple who says, “Let’s have babies so we will have someone to love us.” “Let’s have children so they will serve us.” “Let’s have children so we can boss them around.” “Let’s have children so we can get praise from their success.”

            On the other hand, it is the healthy couple who says, “Because we have an abundance of love in our marriage, let’s share it. Let’s have babies who will look like us, have our life within them, and love like us.

            Then they can enjoy an intimate love relationship with us.” It is this couple’s pure love that motivates them to give children life.

            In eternity, I imagine God having a holy huddle and saying, “We have such a great life together and an over abundance of love, let’s share it. Let Us make humanity in Our image so that they can love like Us. Then they can enjoy an intimate relationship with Us.”

            In the great love chapter, the Apostle Paul says that true love “does not seek its own.” This means that love is not selfish or self-centered. God did not keep His life and love to Himself, but He shared it. He breathed into man the breath of life, and man became a living soul. God created humanity because “He is love,” not for what humanity could do for Him.

            So what did humanity do with God’s life and love? Our first parents, Adam and Eve, rejected God’s love and forfeited life.

            And what did the God who is love do with selfish humanity? He continued to love them because love “does not take into account a wrong suffered…” We see this love displayed in John 3:16 which says,“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

            Because God is love, He gave humanity life at creation. And after humanity rejected God’s love, He then offered humanity life again through Christ. God continues to offer humanity His life because He still is love – perfect love. He never changes.

            When people are drawn to accept God’s offer of love and life in Christ, they are born again and called children of God. The Apostle John affirms this truth when he writes, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.” God loves us so much He intimately endears us to Himself by calling us His beloved. We are so completely loved by God that nothing will separate us from Him.

            We see this clearly through the words of the Apostle Paul when he says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

            God loves you completely in Christ! Go ahead drink deeply of this glorious truth. Gorge yourself with these wonderful words. God loves you completely. Bathe yourself in His unconditional love. Immerse yourself in it. Rest in it. Experience His great love for you to the fullest, and remember God loves you for who you are in Christ not for what you do or have done. Why did God create humanity? He created us because of who He is. He is love.

        2. Cat,

          Israel had a physical kingdom on earth. We do not. Ours is a spiritual kingdom. Our battle is spiritual. God doesn’t command us as believers in Christ to go to physical war, but to engage in spiritual warfare. And He gives us spiritual weapons that are able to demolish every spiritual enemy that has set up itself against Christ. I’m so glad that people are not our enemies, and that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. 🙂

          Thank you for sharing!!! I love hearing what God is showing you!

  5. I am also Catholic and I remember my dad reading the Bible to us when we were children. I now look back with great respect and admiration for his spiritual leadership but at the time it was all I could do to just stay up and not fall asleep! When I went to college I was in a Bible study with the format that Emily C suggested under a mature leader who encouraged us to see Scripture study like being right at the feet of Jesus. From there the thirst for greater historical and contextual knowledge grew and cross referencing really began putting puzzle pieces together, especially for things like the mass. Once the ball gets rolling you may find yourself surrounded by three different study Bibles, concordances, commentaries and be lost for hours. It makes it hard to get back to those dirty dishes waiting for you in the sink!

    1. Hi Refined!

      I had lots of Bible readings in my Catholic School, the School of the Holy Spirit. I am also a lay member or tertiary member of the Holy Spirit Associates, and we had Bible Studies weekly. 🙂 (I am not anymore as active since having children.)

      For some reason, I really never became transformed even when I was reading the Bible relatively more often than some of my Catholic friends. I knew of God, but I failed to know God. I think it was because I was still cherishing too many sins in my heart and was bound to the world — an eating disorder, extreme people pleasing tendencies, suicidal tendencies, etc.

      The Bible started “talking” to me and my heart after I died to my sinful self and was reborn. 🙂 That was when I got a hunger and thirst so deep that NOT READING it, felt wrong and sad. It’s like not being able to see my husband throughout the day (He is my best friend!) I longed to “see” God in my Bible readings, and the only way I could do that was to sit still and read daily.

      I could relate with you on putting chores on hold because you are “lost” and immersed in His Word! 🙂

      It is wonderful that you were brought up in a Bible-reading home. I now practice that with my children. 🙂 I did not have the privilege of having Bible-reading parents growing up. But it’s never too late to start with the new generation. 🙂

      Love,

      Nikka

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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