Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Latest Read

I just finished reading the King James version of the New Testament in the Bible. For me this was quite a feat. I can't remember when I started it but it took a while to complete. I have read it once before but it was a long time ago. I was not surprised that I learned a lot of things that I hadn't before and rediscovered many things as well.

I am also reading a fictional book about people living at the time of Jesus Christ's ministry. Although it is a fictional, it is based around the writings in the New Testament. I have enjoyed considering the experiences recorded in the Bible with a new perspective. It has opened my mind. I can better understand the role of the Romans and their relationship with the Jews. I can better understand why many did not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah that they were waiting for. I can better understand why they might not cling to His teachings and think they are as wonderful and fulfilling as I do. I know that the Bible is the Word of God and am grateful for the blessing that this knowledge is in my life. It gives me hope and happiness.

Here are a few of the things that stood out to me this time around:

St. Luke 6: 46-49 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged it deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."
  • I can't think of anything worse than to have Jesus Christ ask me why I am not following His teachings when I say I am committed to them. I want my foundation to be upon a solid rock.
Philippians 2: 14 "Do all things without murmurings and disputings:"
  • No explanation needed.
Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
  • I'd like to be more bold and courageous. There are many truths that I feel strongly about but sometimes hold back sharing with others, forgetting that if they mean so much to me, they might mean that much to others, too.
James 1 :22 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
  • I'd like to be a better doer all around.
James 3:2 "For in many things we offend all, If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."
  • If I can more carefully control the things I speak about I will have accomplished a great thing and be more able to control other areas of my life where is fall short or err.
James 4:17 "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is a sin."
  • Once again, I'd like to be a better doer all around.
Peter 1:15 "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversations."
  • I would like to be found talking to others about uplifting and encouraging things and when I speak of others it would be in admiration or compliment.
John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
  • I can't think of many things more fulfilling than this.

3 comments:

Camey said...

I really enjoyed reading your insights. It was a nice lift for the morning. You are a great example.

Willy Happy Mama said...

Wow! good for you, I need to get motivated myself and set a new goal. I enjoyed all the quotes.

Kimberly said...

Good for you, Britt. It always feels good to do something like that. The NT has a ton of really good scriptures in it. I didn't know they were in there. Maybe someday I'll do the OT...maybe not...who knows?

I"m impressed!
KAO