Jimmy McNeal


Jan 12, 2016

God's Word and It's importance In My Life

If you're like me at all, reading the bible isn't always a daily occurrence. There are days or even weeks where I'm reading on a regular basis, but I then get off track for some reason. Sleep, work, music, check lists, holidays, obligations, family and other really good things often distract me from this priority. My wife and my close friends can easily tell when I haven't been in "the Word" in a while. The symptoms are pretty easy to catch. I'm lazy, short tempered, easily frustrated, easily annoyed, I complain (a lot), I'm unforgiving, slow to listen, quick to speak, and just flat out more selfish than I already am. During those stages I'd rather go see a movie, or just sleep than spend time reading my bible. 

Can you relate?

Recently I've been counseling others to just take every day one at a time asking yourself questions like; How can I serve/love/share God more today? How can I love my spouse or roommates well today? How can I serve my family well today? How can I be a better worker/co-worker today? For me the first answer to all of these questions is and will always be spending time reading my bible and in prayer. I can't let the worries of the day dictate my life.

"But Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow: for tomorrow wil be anxious for itself.." - Matthew 6:33-34

His Word easily brings me to a place of reminding myself that I'm not at the center of the universe - He is. As I get to know God more, he continues to change me for the better. As I read Gods Word I see my own depravity and need for a Savior. As I grow in understanding God's Word, my outlook on my days change because it's a constant reminder that Jesus is better than anything this world could ever offer. 

At the beginning of the year I ran across this prayer from "The Valley of Vision". It's called "A Minister's Bible".  I've prayed for myself, my family, church, and for those reading this blog. 

O God of Truth,

I thank you for the Holy Scriptures, 
their precepts, promises, directions, light.
In them may I learn more of Christ,
be enabled to retain His truth
and have grace to follow it. 

Help me to lift up the gates of my soul 
that He may come in 
and show me Himself when I search 
the Scriptures, 
for I have no lines to fathom it's depths, 
no wings to soar to its heights.

By His aid may I be enabled to explore 
all it's truths, 
love them with all my heart,
embrace them with all my power, 
engraft them into my life. 

Bless to my soul all grains of truth gathered from your word:
may they take deep root,
be refreshed by heavenly rays,
be harvested to my joy and thy praise.

Help me to gain profit by what I read, 
as treasure beyond all treasure,
a fountain which can replenish my dry heart
it's waters flowing through me as a river
drawn by the Holy Spirit.

Enable me to extract from it's pages faithful prayer
that grasps the arm of your omnipotence,
achieves wonders, obtains blessings,
and draws down streams of mercy. 

From it show me how my words have often been
unfaithful to You....

And then write your words upon my heart
and inscribe them on my lips;
So shall all glory be to you alone
in my reading of Your word

- "The Valley of Vision" (A Minister's Bible)

Is this your desire today? I've prayed this prayer for myself, my family, and my church and want to encourage you to do the same, even if you need to re-read it as your prayer, take a moment and do so.  

Nothin' but love,



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