June 24, 2016

READING THE BIBLE DAILY CHALLENGES



My struggles in reading the Bible daily, it's is my prayer that you are blessed through my testimony. One thing I have always had an issue with is consistency in daily reading of the word. I have attempted and failed every year that I've tried to complete the challenge of reading the bible in a year. 

Find out the revelation I received through my failures........

I start out great I get through Genesis with the aid of the play feature so the pronunciation isn't an issue. I maintain consistency with the exception of Friday's and Saturday's because those are my busiest days in the salon. But, before you know it one day turns to two and turns in a month and before you know it I've fallen totally off. 

Once I made it to the apostles but unfortunately didn't complete the challenge. All the other tries I've been trapped in the Old Testament. But this year I've discovered that while I am failing the challenge  I'm also failing forward in Christ! The Old Testament as old as it may be is full of valuable situations, stumbling blocks, lessons and revelations that we as followers in Christ must understand. So while I thought I was letting myself and God down he was lifting me to a higher biblical understanding. 

For example Leviticus and Deuteronomy why are they in the bible? Who can stay awake while reading this? Why oh why God I just can't keep reading about these calf's without blemishes. During my whining and complaining and almost falling asleep the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I must read this to comprehend the fact that all these detailed instructions where directly from God, and Moses was able to hear that much and retain it to tell the people plus write it down! While I can barely hear a few words. 

This year while reading I discovered what Moses had done from challenging God about killing the stiff neck generation:

Exodus 32:9-14



9And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

10Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

11And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?the Lord: Heb. the face of the Lord

12Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
14And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

To him kindling Gods anger to a degree that he would die before seeing the land flowing with milk and honey:

Deuteronomy 32:51-52

51Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah–kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.Meribah–kadesh: or, strife at Kadesh

52Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.

I was so hurt for Moses I actually had to apologize to God for judging him for what he had done to Moses! Yes it was that serious, and another revelation came. 

I had once asked myself why was Moses talking to Jesus the night that he stayed up praying before the Crucifixion. My mind keep wondering why was he there I couldn't understand that. After this years challenge I of course didn't figure it out but God revealed that Moses ministered to Jesus because he like Jesus knew he was going die and still had to complete the commandments and challenge presented to Him by God.  


1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them 
up into an high mountain apart, 
2And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment 
was white as the light. 
3And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

While I have yet to complete the challenge and I am praying that this time I will, it's always good to know that you aren't the only one. I will continue to press forward in reading and hope that this encourages and challenges you to commit to reading the Bible daily! I use the Youversion Bible application on my iPhone BTW!!! #ff@chevonsharp



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