“The great discovery is that the Bible is a message system: it’s not simply 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the Bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail!” – Chuck Missler, Koinonia Institute
That is what we are going to discover as we go on this journey. Happy New Year, friends!
How wonderful is the account of creation? Out of nothing came…everything! It shows the awesome power of God’s word. It is our firm and only sure foundation. How can we expect to live in this world without it? By His spoken word, light was divided from darkness (Gen 1:4). Then verse after verse we read “And God said…and it was so.”
How might our lives change this year if we apply this? If God said it, it must be so. As simple as that. No wrangling, manipulating or stressing required on our part. Let’s see how that might look:
And God said…
But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
…and it was so.
That’s just 10 verses. Can you imagine what this year could be like as we add more?
Heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed by what You say about us in Your Word. We do not deserve it but since You said it, it must be so! Thank You for Your love, grace and mercy. As we embark on this new year reading, digging, and basking in your Word together, may we learn from each other the truth of Your word. May what we read penetrate the very marrow of our being. May Your word be our foundation day in and day out. Give us sweet fellowship with You and with each other. Most importantly, it is our humble desire that You use us, Father, to share your promises to everyone we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
What did God show you today?
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible Chronological Plan]