One of my favorite ways to understand Scripture is to consider the opposite. Whatever it IS becomes clearer for me when I think about what it’s NOT. Michael Ketterer does that for us in the song, “Spirit Lead Me,” when he reminds us that chasing feelings is the opposite of being led by the Spirit.
I want to be led by the Spirit, but I’ve learned in my studies that first I must “inquire of the Lord.”
Praising Like Habakkuk Even When Your World is Falling Apart
There’s no free pass from suffering for Christians. I wish there were. I have dear friends who are wrestling with God during sickness, conflict, strife, and injustice. Habakkuk wrestled, too. In fact, his name means embrace like a wrestler. May we embrace God’s character through faith while wrestling through our circumstances. Perhaps Micah Tyler’s song “Even Then” can be a part of the soundtrack.
You will be refreshed at Habakkuk’s honesty as we study the entire three chapters of this prophet’s contribution to God’s Word.
When such a short Psalm reveals so many inspiring characteristics of God, it’s worth our time to spend some time in it. This week’s song, “Shoulders” by For King & Country, leads us right to Psalm 121. In fact, the song begins by quoting the opening verses of Psalm 121!
**This is a repost of Episode #70. I am on vacation in Alaska this week with my family, and I couldn’t resist pulling this one out of the archives because of it’s reference to “the mountains”.**
We’re going to try something new this week to keep your Bible reading engaging! Let’s dive in!
On this episode I discuss:
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Reading Scripture out loud
Using background music to keep it interesting
Ask questions…out loud! (And then write them down in your journal)
Pull out Psalm 121 and read it every day. Try reading it in different translations and read it out loud…maybe with some epic background music. Come on! Try it! God isn’t stale…your interaction with His Word shouldn’t be either! I didn’t mention it in the body of the podcast today, but journal your journey! You will be amazed at what will come out when you take time to do that. The Psalmist asked a question…if nothing else, follow the Psalmist’s example and ask a few questions.
You get up, you put on the armor of God, you clock in, clock out, come home, and the walls against you are still towering above you. How much longer can this persist? For longer than seems reasonable or of sound-thinking. This is when you need to remember God’s faithfulness and Elevation Worship’s song “Do It Again” does just that.
Let’s join the men armed for battle following a peculiar battle plan and see what new things might jump out at us in Joshua chapter 6.
Seeing the Throne of God in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 & 5
Do we boldly approach the throne of God and forget how ASTONISHING that throne is? “Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle and famously sung by Kari Jobe leads us into the throne room of heaven. But before the song pointed to it, Ezekiel and John brought us there in Scripture.
Are you ready? Are you really ready to slow down and take in the stunning throne of God?
Surveying Saul's Conversion in Galatians 1 and Acts 9
We can hide from God about as well as a toddler hiding under the dining room table in plain sight with eyes tightly shut. Just as He doesn’t abandon us when we are trying to hide from Him, God doesn’t abandon us when we stray from Him either. Jordan Feliz’ song “Never Too Far Gone” leads us to consider the “before Christ” and “after Christ” impact on Paul.
Join me in two sections of Scripture this week as we reflect on the life of someone who seemed “too far gone.”