We All Need Hope - and It’s Right Here

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I’ve got a number of books lying around the house.

Some of them look fairly new.

Some have scarcely been used.

I’m ashamed to say that they are all the same book.

God’s Word.

I seem to have this “thing” about books and it doesn’t  end with Bibles.  I’ve so many different versions, translations, paraphrases, and parallel Bibles, that I should be somewhat of a scholar by now.

Know what?

I’m not.

But I’m having something hit home more and more each day.

The importance of God’s Word.

I’ve done the read through the Bible in a year thing before.  Actually - a number of times.

I’ve been in many Bible studies.

Yet, something different is happening this time.

This time, I’m realizing how desperately I need His Word.

I’ve gained so much the past month or so, when I decided to read a chapter in Proverbs each day, and five of the Psalms.

I’m picking a book of the Bible - usually New Testament and one of the shorter ones, and listening to it three or four times in a row.

I’m realizing I cannot live this life of abiding  without knowing … truly knowing His word.

Jesus countered all of Satan’s offers with Scripture.  He didn’t stand on His own reasoning, or offer His opinions.  He used God’s Word.

When I found this verse today,

You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. Psalm 119:114,

it finally dawned on me that I cannot live the life Christ calls me to, without being immersed in Him.  In His Word. Therein lies my continuing hope.

Sometimes I think I am beginning to sound like a broken record when I write to you.

But, my much loved readers, I want to encourage you, challenge you, push you to find ways to bathe yourself in God’s promises.

That, above all else, is helping the internal healing that is taking place in me. 

So, please, please, please,

Stop reading the words written here - 

And go read His.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God
    and serve only him.’”

Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.  Matthew 4:1-11 NLT


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