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Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" Psalm 119:105

Is your desire to spend more time with the Lord –to know Him –to need Him? God has revealed Himself to us through His Word. Every page speaks His name; reveals His character. Our souls cry out for this spiritual sustenance; hungry for The Book. 

"Open the book to find out out first and foremost who God is...He's at the center...He writes us a book about Himself...Develop a relationship with your Bible" –Pastor Bob Burris, Disciplines for Delight

Our desire to know God increases exponentially as we discover who He is. The more we know Him the greater our heart yearns to purposefully pursue Him. Open The Book...this is where we encounter His truth –His Word –His voice. It is where we cultivate our relationship, increase our understanding, grow our faith, and discover inexpressible joy that takes root heart and soul deep. Carve out space for the Lord.

"The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts" –A. W. Tozer

The following article by David Mathis explores ways Bible intake positively affects our hearts:

We all want to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

Who wants to feel the failure or share in the shame of being pegged like one “who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror . . . and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:23–24)? It would seem like Bible application is an essential spiritual discipline to consciously pursue every time we encounter God’s word — but that depends on how we define “application.”

The key question we need to answer is what effect should regular Bible intake have on our hearts and lives — and how does it happen?

Please follow this link for the full article: Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart | Desiring God

Additional links: In Praise of the Quiet Time | The Gospel Coalition