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The Truth About A Godly Life

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I have been on a road to spiritual self-discovery for several years now. This journey began a couple of years back when I realized that I had become lazy and pretty complacent – lacking any real spiritual direction.

I have to admit I was a one-day a week Christian. I attended church on Sunday morning but church or Christ-like living pretty much escaped my notice Monday through Saturday. It wasn’t that I was living a life of deviant behavior but it wasn’t one centered on Christ.

I rationalized it by saying that at least I wasn’t showing up at Easter and Christmas only. But even though it was more frequent, God wanted more of my attention than Sundays only.

My sister and I have been reading Respectable Sins together. We have a set time each Saturday to discuss what we’ve read. This week we learned about the ungodly life.

Jerry…

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The Truth About A Godly Life

Wooden Christian Cross

I have been on a road to spiritual self-discovery for several years now. This journey began a couple of years back when I realized that I had become lazy and pretty complacent – lacking any real spiritual direction.

I have to admit I was a one-day a week Christian. I attended church on Sunday morning but church or Christ-like living pretty much escaped my notice Monday through Saturday. It wasn’t that I was living a life of deviant behavior but it wasn’t one centered on Christ.

I rationalized it by saying that at least I wasn’t showing up at Easter and Christmas only. But even though it was more frequent, God wanted more of my attention than Sundays only.

My sister and I have been reading Respectable Sins together. We have a set time each Saturday to discuss what we’ve read. This week we learned about the ungodly life.

Jerry Bridges, best selling author of Respectable Sins, tells us that unless you are seeking God in every aspect of your life, you are living an ungodly life. I never thought I was living an ungodly life. But if God isn’t in every aspect of my life, it is ungodly –without God. I am learning to include God in everything – every time.

It feels funny to talk to God about grocery shopping or any kind of shopping. But it has made a difference. He is helping me find good deals and helping me discern if I really need to make a purchase or not.

Would your television watching be different if you consulted God before you turned on the TV? How different would your choices be if you consulted God about what you eat?

“A person may be moral and upright, and even busy in Christian service, yet have little to no desire to develop an (deep) intimate relationship with God,” Jerry Bridges, author of Respectable Sins.

We sing songs about Jesus being a friend. Is He the friend you talk to about your most intimate thoughts?

Resolve to Read the Bible

In a little more than a week I will have done something that I have never been able to do before in my life. Actually it will be two accomplishments. First, I will have successfully completed a new year’s resolution. It was one I set for myself in 2014. And while I got a late start on it, I vowed to complete it. The second accomplishment was the resolution was to read the Bible completely through in a year.

Yes, I’m one of those people who vowed to do it for years. And each year I would start out strong and then taper off. But last year I was armed with an arsenal of high tech tools at my disposal and a spirit determined and eager to learn. With my iPad, my iPhone and my laptop, I had every device synced to my Bible app so that I wouldn’t miss a beat.

Now, I’ll admit I didn’t always understand what I was reading. On those occasions, I referred to various commentaries and dictionaries. And when my eyes were heavy, I let the soothing voice recording from Bible Gateway read to me. Even with having someone read it to me, I kept my Bible nearby. In fact this adventure prompted me to invest in a good study Bible.

I was amazed at that so many contemporary Christian songs are lifted straight from scripture. And it is interesting the number of wise old says that have come from the Bible.

I assure you it won’t be my last time reading through the entire Bible. I pray that what I wasn’t able to grasp and understand this first time around, the Lord will reveal more to me next time and the even more the next time and the next. What an incredible journey.

Author and Bible Scholar Everett T. Harris said, “No one ever graduates from Bible study until he meets the Author face to face.”

I encourage all believers to read the Bible from cover to cover again and again.