Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
I came to the truth in Oct 1998. I was 32 years at the time and my first Bible was the Spirit Filled Life Bible. This Bible was the same Bible that my new friend in the Lord was using with that Bible we spent hours together combing The Word of God for His truths and promises. I still have that Bible, when I open that Bible the pages are falling out and wrinkled, there is a highlight text and notes on almost every page. I open that Bible and run my hands across the pages and I feel the presence of God. I feel a longing to be back in His presence.
Through the years I have got new Bibles as gifts or I have purchased a new one – you know; there is the fancy Bible that is out for show; there is the archeological study Bible; and the thin line Bible that is easy to carry to church, the list goes on and on. But, none of those Bibles has the same feeling as my first Bible.
My Grandma who prayed for me and was always there for me to call and talk about the Lord and His faithfulness use to say to me – “if you see a person whose Bible is falling apart, chances are their live is not”.
I didn’t fully grasp that saying until recently as returned to using that first Bible and seeing how far I had walked away for His truths, promises and commands. Those first years as I baptized myself in His word were the hardest years of my life, I was walking through addiction and adultery and all of the pain that goes along with that sinful life. But it was also the most significant time as this was when I learned of His love and learned to trust in His promises and faithfulness. I had some pretty serious consequences because of my actions – but I also had more peace and joy than I had ever experienced. I don’t think that I have much of a different story than the rest of us. As life has gotten better and easier the hard it is to recall and remember how bad it was without Jesus.
I pray that today that Father would revive in us a love and passion for Him like we had when we first came to know if His great love that He freely lavished upon us. That the Word of God word would dwell in each of us – that we would be encouraged and remember from what He saved us from.