This past week was a tough one for me. Almost as soon as I decided to blog more on Scripture, I got hit with spiritual warfare.
On Sunday December 30th I was awake most of the night feeling absolutely tormented by feelings of unworthiness and doubt. And this continued off and on throughout the week. To me, this doesn’t mean that what I am doing here is necessarily all that important. But it does tell me that I am going in the right direction.
Spiritual warfare is always difficult even if we recognize it as such. At one point I was ready to just take down the blog (and podcast) but as God spoke to me through Scripture each day, my attitude began to change. In this video I share the verses that helped me win that battle!
Here are the verses (taken from my daily One Year Bible reading) I talk about in the video.
On Monday December 31, 2018 Revelation 22:1-2 reminded me that a glorious ending awaits:
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-2 NIV
On Tuesday January 1, 2019, Psalm 1:1-3 told me that studying Scripture (the law we meditate on day and night) will bear fruit:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3
On Wednesday January 2, 2019, I got a lesson in how going deep into Scripture can change the way we think when a careful reading of Genesis 4:10-14 (the exile of Cain) coupled with the Genesis 1 and 2 narrative made me question my beliefs about Adam and Eve being the first humans that God created.
Kind of revolutionary I know but listen to the video and see what you think. Then, if you want to dig deeper, check out this article by ancient language scholar Dr. Michael S. Heiser!
On Friday January 3rd I was reminded that the Word of God is essential for life:
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4
And on Saturday January 5th I read these words, feeling as if our Lord was speaking directly to me:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
I talk more about why these verses moved me in the video. I’ve included them here so you could see how they led me from the self-doubt to purpose. May they serve you too!
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