"I love those who love me,
and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me."
Proverbs 8:17 Amp
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth
me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."
John 14:21 KJV
without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards
those who earnestly seek him."
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
I urge you to make a commitment
today. From this day forth, read the Bible like it is for the first time. Read it in faith, that it says exactly
what it means. And that you can be all that it says you can be. For you can only please
God through faith. And faith
comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) You only have faith when you believe what God says and act upon
"God's dream for humanity
is recorded in the Bible book of Genesis. His plan was to reproduce Himself in Adam and Eve and to have companionship
But their friendship had
to be two-way. God would need to be sure that Adam and Eve wanted Him, like He wanted them. They were not required
or forced to respect Him any more than you are...They were expected to have confidence in what God said and that is all He
expects of you and me...That was the original sin--distrusting God's word."
Quote from Dr. T.L. Osborn, "Healing
the Sick", Harrison House, 5th Edition, 1992, p, 253.
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In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
“How can a man be born when he is old?”
Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should
not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’John 3:3-7 NIV
The Apostle John, the disciple Jesus loved, explains
or clarifies what being born-again means here:
“Everyone WHO believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on
the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves
the one born of Him (His offspring)…For the (true) love of God is this; that we do His commands (keep His ordinances
and are mindful of His precepts and teaching).And these orders of His are not
irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).1 John 5:1-3 Amp
The tools you need for Bible Study are found below. Give each of the tools a test run. I
have also listed links to several free Bible Studies. The Bible Toolbox is new and works well. The Bibles on line
link is really useful. Give it a try first and work your way down.
We now have an online bible. This bible provides daily readings so you can read the bible in a year.
To go there, click Bible Online.
Since November 2005, I have been doing my reading and studying throught "The Daily Bible" published
by Guideposts. We do recommend this bible for beginning students or maybe even for somewhat more advanced students of
the Word. It has several advantages. It is chronological making the Word read more like a novel. And the
Word becomes more understandable. It is divided into 365 daily readings which helps organzie your study. It is
based upon an NIV translation. And most importantly, there are brief commentaries that put the day's reading in perspective.
These commentaries have helped me gain perspective and understanding. We recommend products only because we have tried
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The tools are here. You need to add a humble attitude and a willingness to learn. Being 'humble'
is really only a willingness to admit you don't know everything and need to learn from those who know more. I suggest
prayer before study and that you ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you need to learn. Pray and ask God
to give you revelation knowledge. And believe, as you ask, that you receive revelation and the Word
will come alive for you.
Read a translation you enjoy and can understand. It would be very difficult to go wrong. Our family
oftens reads the NIV or NLT. More recently, we have been reading the Amplified Bible.