My Grandmother raised me to know God personally.
When I was very young my grandmother began to teach me about GOD. She taught me about the miracles in the Bible the way she understood them. She always had a deep look in her eyes when she shared about the times in her life when GOD showed up in a miraculous way. She was always inspired by the majesty and power of GOD. I can recall times when she would say, “if it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be, and how would I survive”. My grandma attributed every good thing she had to the Lord.
I was immersed in the word of God.
She was bruised by people from very, very young and had an emotional defense mechanism that pulled her away from fellow-shipping in traditional congregations. She decided that she wanted to make sure her grandchildren knew about the Lord and was protected from the things she went through, so she began to teach us in our house. We would have Bible study in our living room.
We memorized whole chapters and answered well thought out questions based on the chapters she assigned. Some Sunday’s we would be in Bible study for 6 to 8 hours. We would take turns reading and reciting what we had memorized. As children all we wanted to do was get outside to play and would even gripe about all the effort she made us put into learning God’s word. I know much better now…praise God!
God’s word is mighty even in our mouths.
Psalm 23 was and still is a cornerstone chapter in my brain. Because my grandmother put God’s word in my eyes, my mind and my mouth…it has transformed my life. God tells us that His word is alive…living…operative…effective…transformative (see Hebrews 4:12). God spoke a word and light became (see Genesis 1:3). In fact, if you read the whole chapter you’ll see that the chapter has the phrase “God said” 9 times. It is also clear that God saw after He said.
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We are made in His image (see Genesis 1:27) which means through Christ, we can do what the Father does…because Jesus can (see John 5:19). Once we accept Christ as our Lord and savior, we are seated in Him (see Ephesians 1:3 and 2:6). We have His identity (see Galatians 2:20).
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There’s so much to share about God…so much to uncover. Learn all you can about Jesus Christ. Start in the New Testament as it covers what our NEW covenant with GOD means and how it works. You’ll find that His burden is easy…all we must do is accept the work of the cross of Jesus as all we need.
I pray that the Lord will release fresh and powerful revelations into you, that you will be saturated in His presence, in His love and in His Shalom (Peace). I pray that you will become thirsty for God’s word and that He will reveal to you how to receive from Him, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.