Yesterday was my 50th birthday and I received a new Bible as a gift I had requested, from my husband.
I feel differently about this Bible than any one I’ve received in the past. I see this Bible not only as a resource of wisdom for me, but likely a treasure that will be passed on to my children one day when I am gone. This morning, as I opened it to read for the first time, I decided to transfer the notes I had written on the blank pages of my previous Bible. These were not notes related to specific passages. Instead these were little nuggets (most are not direct quotes) that I picked up from various pastors over the years. Now this new bible has fewer blank pages so I had to be a bit choosey about which nuggets actually made it into the new Bible.
Interestingly, 10 nuggets made the cut so here’s my first ever Top 10 list…
#1. Our greatest need is not words from man, but truth from God.
#2. It is a dangerous thing to know this Word and not let it change you.
#3. Doctrine matters because what we believe determines what we do.
#4. “The more you read the Bible, and the more you meditate on it, the more astonished you will be with it.” Charles Spurgeon
#5. Strive for holiness…..rest in the Gospel!
#6. God’s gracious conversion of us creates a gospel compulsion in us.
#7. Sin includes taking a thing that is good and making it into a god. Idols are often good things.
#8. Salvation means we are saved from the penalty of our sin; sanctification means we are being saved from the power of our sin and glorification means we will be saved from the presence of sin.
#9. Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of someone else’s sin.
#10. If you are not whole-heartedly following Jesus, you’re not following Jesus at all.
I have chosen not to include commentary on these nuggets. I believe they each speak for themselves. But I would be interested to know which ones you love too!
The Praying Through Scripture journal is a great way to encounter God’s word each day. Filled with Scripture, prayer prompts, journaling space and even a learning device to help you memorize God’s word, it is a tool that will help you deepen your walk with the Lord.