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Running to the Scriptures - Saturday, April 21st, 2007

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17

After hearing the message from last night’s service I began to think about my own personal desire for the Word of God. You see, the speaker was quite an encouragement to me personally as he challenged us to pursue a holy and righteous life. Not in a “religious” manner, but in a sincere and passionate way! But what I walked away with, was how he, all throughout his message and time of prayer quoted Scripture. He referred to Scripture non-stop. It wasn’t for show. The pastor genuinely loved the Lord and was able to convey much of whom the Almighty God was, is, and will always be because of his knowledge in the Word. So I began to think, how is my desire for the Scriptures? Amidst the 40-day tent revival, amidst writing INSIDE THE TENT, amidst praying in the morning, amidst singing at night, amidst fasting during the week, I must ask myself ~ how is my time in the Word?

Honestly, it is up and down. It is off and on. I know that this might sound strange as the guy “directing” the details of the 40-day tent revival, but I don’t make enough time to disappear into the “mountains” of Dallas. I don’t vanish enough into my secret place with the Lord. And when I do, it is short. It isn’t long enough. It is just enough time to get started, but then I have to leave. Time for something else. Busy. Busy. Busy. Yet, my day seems to slow down when I take time to read the Word in the morning. My life appears to be more collected when I invest time in the Bible. What does God what me to learn today? What does He want to teach me?

Well allow me to say, sometimes I don’t know what God has in store for me that day because I am not reading the Word. One of the ladies sharing her testimony last week INSIDE THE TENT talked about how someone challenged her to step up her discipline in reading the Bible. So instead of reading the entire Bible through one year, she was challenged to read it in 4-months. She wasn’t telling us to make us feeling guilty. She was just stating her desire for the Word of God. How inspiring.

I want to know more of God. I want to hear His voice speaking to me. Therefore, I need to go deeper into the Word of God. So what am I waiting for, “Someone to hit my over the head with a Bible.” Apparently that is what happened to me last night. I am now convicted to read more and read often. Why? Because it needs to be my “measuring rod” throughout the day. It needs to be what I base my actions and attitudes off of. It must be the absolute truth that I turn to every waking moment. The Apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” This is exactly what I need. I need to be equipped for the day. I can’t do life on my own. I need the God-breathed Scriptures to encourage me throughout the day. It is to be the standard for my life. The Greek church father Origen said the Bible is, “The standard by which we measure and evaluate everything that may be offered to us as an article of belief.” How true.

If I were to ask you, when is the last time you really hungered for the Word of God? When is the last time you went and picked up the Bible because you wanted to know more about God? Well, allow me to encourage you and look to grow in the Word. Because the more we invest into the Scriptures, I believe the more we will be open to the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We will be more in-tune to God working in our lives on a daily basis. We will have an absolute standard in which we walk.

One person who understood this perspective was a small boy about 6 to 7 years old. At the end of the service last night, he literally came running up to me. He quickly asked me, “Are those Bibles up front free?” I smiled. Praise the Lord! You see, earlier that evening someone had bought 20 brand new Bibles for anyone that needed one. And this boy was in need. He wanted to open up the pages of the Scriptures and read the Word of God. He wanted to know more about God. He wanted to know more about Jesus. His desire was real. It was contagious. This small boy understood the significance of the Bible and the role it could play in his life. How encouraging. Therefore, let me ask each of you, “When is the last time you went running to the Scriptures?”
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan