Be filled up- In His Word 12-14-15

Be filled up-In the Word – 12-14-15

Thanksgiving Day is a day known for feasting and enjoying good food; it leads us into a month long pile of gorging ourselves one day and working it off the next. Sometimes our Bible readings reflect the way we are eating physical food. We need to stick to our daily regiment of nutrition both in physical food and spiritual food.

How much do you read the Bible when it is not Sunday?  Maybe it is a couple of verses; or perhaps a chapter a day? Or maybe more if you are following a guideline that helps you read through in a year the Word of God. Having done each of these I think I can say that the best reads I have had are the ones that I read until I was full. I mean that I felt full of direction, guidance, encouragement, and joy. It was not about following the example of a person but following the lead of the Holy Spirit as I read. I would love to say that I always do this but as I am human I get distracted with other things and choose to get just a quick nibble in the Word then run off to my daily duties. Even still, the days that I sit and read for fulfillment of what God thinks I need to read are better than the others, sometimes longer sometimes shorter it always meets the need.
Occasionally when I start the year reading in my Daily Walk I feel as if I am pressured to do the ‘right thing’ and read the ‘full day’s reading’. If I do not complete it for whatever reason I feel guilty. Do you ever feel as if you are just not measuring up to what people say you should be doing with your Bible reading? Do you feel condemned when you don’t read the Bible in a Year?  Well, as my young adult child would say “Stop it!”

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Follow the Spirit not man’s direction when reading each day then you will not be weak, if He wants you to read more you will desire to read more, but if you have your fill on a verse or two and feel as if that is good reading then stop! Do not let your laziness influence you though, because that is not the Holy Spirit guiding your reading. Pray first, then read and you will have all the time you need to read what He wants you to read for the day.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4
Do not get me wrong I am not saying to ‘wing it’, do follow the plans you have started but if you do not get through the full read or if you choose to go further, do not feel condemned or guilty if you truly believe that you got a good feed on the Word in what you read. But do know the Lord knows the difference and it s Him whom you are dealing with not man.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:14-16
We need to be satisfied in our spirit that we have read enough; sort of like when we eat a mean until we are full, not overwhelmed but full up.
The only true way to do this is to be following the Holy Spirit’s plan, and be lead by Him.

When we are lead by the Spirit in our choice of daily reads we will be full of peace in what we are doing. When God does things there is peace, hope and joy involved; be filled with the Spirit speaking to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:18-20. We should not be wandering around feeling condemned but we should be focused on what He would have us do, read, and speak. The peace that we gained at our salvation is only lost if we choose to focus on the other things.

Let’s choose to do the will of the Father and focus on the good things that He has in store for us to read today; in His Word.

Dear Heavenly Father Help each of us to find our appetite for the Word that You have given us today. Help us to read until we know we have been spiritually satisfied in Your plan for us, in Jesus name, amen
Suggested Reading: Colossians 1: 1-29, Ephesians 5:1-33, Romans 7:1-25, Romans 8:1-39 and Romans 9: 1-33

With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters.[a] I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them. They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children.[b] God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises Romans 9:1-4