Thursday, July 31, 2008

Uplifting Readings

I like to look for devotionals online. There are those from Heartlight, RBC, Crosswalk - where at each site, you can find various types of writeups and devotionals from various people.

Sometimes, I prefer a short concise one-pointer or on some days a nice long article discussing about the definition and history of the cross.

Reading a variety of devotionals also help us to widen our perspective on certain issues. Each individual writer has different approaches to their style of writing. I find it gets dangerous to follow one particular person's writings for too long. It could narrow our mind and views on certain topics, as per the writer's.

Although the whole world's Christians all base their teachings on the Bible but its interpretations may differ. In many occasions, the Bible has been misquoted and people only see what they want to see, instead of what God wants them to see.

To me, the whole bible is meant to edify, to teach, to encourage, to warn and to help us understand who God is, who Jesus is.

When I first heard of people describing the Word of God as the LIVING Word - I could not understand what he meant. Until it was explained how a single verse such as John 3:16 could impact different people differently.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever may believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Person A: This verse caught his eye when he saw the word 'believe' - causing him to realise that all it takes is to believe in Jesus.

Person B: 'God so loved the world' hit this person straight in his heart knowing that God loved him enough to sacrifice so much for him, as a single individual.

Never take the Word of God lightly. There is probably more 'magic' and 'power' in the Bible's ink and paper that even Harry Potter or Gandalf or Aslan cannot match.

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
(Joshua 1:8 NKJV)

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