I wrote this back in 2009. 2009 was the second I was a member of Sparkpeople and the second year I was your team leader. I am posting it again because it is so very true and extremely important.
Back then I was not making reading the bible as part of my lifestyle. Now I read the bible every day. Reading the bible everyday-you just do not and will not know what a HUGE difference it will make in your life until you do it and keep doing it for 4-6 months straight, & then continue to read the bible. People spend all kinds of money on clothes, make up, and stuff for their hair. People spend all kinds of money on their car, house, gym memberships, exercise equipment, and exercise DVDs, all in the pursuit of happiness, & a better life: when the real transformation all starts with God! It begins with your relationship with God and the bible is a great place to start.
I will be very honest with you. I had a wonderful relationship with God before I started reading the bible. God started talking to me when I was 10 years old, and our friendship grew from that point on. When I was around 16 years old started to read the bible, but only once or twice a year. Then in my twenties & early thirties I read the bible 3-4 times a year. So It was only three years ago that I REALLY started to read the bible and make it part of my lifestyle.
I will be honest with you, God was telling me to read the babe more for a while, like 5-8 months before I eventually started to read it more. I resisted it BIG TIME! I was like, God we have such a close relationship, you talk to me, and I feel your presence, why do I need to read the bible? I look back to those days and I just shake my head! I mean, how stupid could I had been?
God wanted me to read the bible because He wanted me to live the best life I could possibly live. He wanted to increase my strength through Him, He wanted to teach me more about Him, and He wanted me to help others through His word. I knew a lot about God, and my relationship with God was unreal. But really, when I think back to how ignorant I was to think I did not need to read the bible, and that I could not understand why He wanted me to read it and make it part of my lifestyle, I just realize how blind and stupid I was!!! I told God if He wanted me to read the bible He had to show me a bible that I could read that I would understand, and not fall asleep reading. (really, I said those exact words). A month later God did show me a bible that I could read, understand, and not fall asleep reading! You know what, it was on sale too.
I started reading that bible, and read the whole thing within a year. Not that the amount of time it takes you to read the bible is important. I am sharing the length of time it took me to read it because I want to illustrate to you I was on fire for God's word! I prayed and asked God to help me to read the bible, and it was His spirit which lit this fire! I went on to buy another translation of the bible (another version), and I have continued to read different translations ever since. Let me tell you something, by reading the bible every day, and making it part of my lifestyle, my WHOLE life has changed! My relationship with God became more intimate. He started talking to me through the bible, and other ways too. My marriage got better, I became a better wife, daughter, sister, and friend, I started to lose weight, and I also became a much better team leader. I began to do bible studies for the team. I also started to write posts about verses in the bible because they began to illustrate my life. Some verses became life verses, verses which defined my life, and helped me so much they became my back bone.
However, If I had continued to resist God, if I would had kept telling God, well I don't REALLY need to read your book, none of the wonderful things would had happened to me. I will say ever so humbly, not as many people on this team would have been helped as well. You see, I finally realized that God used His words in the bible though me! I am going to tell you something that has happened to bring glory to God. I will share with you that so many people on this team, their lives have transformed since being members on Can't do this on my own. Not because I am an excellent writer, or a good team leader, not because my bible studies were great. It has nothing to do with me, and EVERYTHING to do with GOD. I am just His instrument. I do what He tells me to do. I pray for His leadership for this team. I ask Him to help me do everything that I do here. People have written to me and told me that they have become closer to God. They have written me and described the ways their lives have been improved. Their lives have changed because God works through this team! I praise God and lift His up name to be glorified!
I reposted what I wrote back in 2009 because I have many examples that I have lived through which explains that when I fed my sinful ways my negative behavior won. Through the past four years I have at least 50 examples that I have lived through that explains how by staying close to God in worship, prayer, and good works, my heart and actions were with God. I began to surrender to God, & kill my flesh. I truly live a victorious life through God. I began to LIVE, really live a life which is explained in the bible God died to give us. I began to live an abundant life with joy, peace, and grace. A life where my circumstances did not control my peace, and joy. My life changed because and through God. My friends you can not have this type of life without spending a lot of time with God.
Why am I sharing all this with you? Those who know me know I am not one to brag or type things to bring attention to muself. I am taking my time to write all this out becuase God wants me to.
Listen, right now I have things I want to do. I want to be with my husband. I want start that picnic he is waiting to go on after I finish writing this out. But instead I am writing to you. Are you listening? Are you taking my words seriously? I am not sitting here because I have nothing better to do. I got on this computer and updated this team page because I love God more than I love myself. I want to serve Him more than my own desires. I love you, and I want to help you. Those are the reasons I am sitting here typing out yet another rely to my words that I wrote below. I am doing this because I want you to have what I got. But I did not get it from watching TV, talking on the phone, playing games, or being on FB (FaceBook)/this web site. My relationship did not develop by asking everyone but God what I should do. My peace did not come from having a stress free life. My peace resulted in living through nightmares and depending on, leaning & relying on God to get me through my nightmares! My intimacy resulted from reading the bible, worshiping with God, & spending daily time in prayer. I talk to God every day. I do things that show Him I trust Him more than what I feel, know, or what other people tell me. I make God bigger than any circumstances I experience. I am only telling this to help you, learn from me. Don't sit here and tell yourself you want I have unless you are willing to do the things to make it happen. Everything has a price, and the price you spend on God is PRICLESS! He pays you back in so many glorious ways; with a life you can't even believe is real- your joy can't help but spill out of you!
So do the work, make the time, and reap the rewards. Your life won't be perfect; however you WILL experience peace through the hard times. It all starts with your relationship with God. Don't be stupid like I was. Don't question why you need to start to read the bible, or why you need to read it more. Don't spend the rest of your life asking, why do I need to read the bible. Spend time and learn why for yourself. Let me tell you, if you make the commitment, if you take the time you will never regret it!
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 9/3/2012 (16:27)