Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
Jesus answered, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.
God has lovingly provided food for us, His children, to equip us for our spiritual training and maturation "into" His Sons and Daughters. The Bible (Holy Scriptures) equips us with God's food (head knowledge) for our journey. However, the packaging of the Bible determines whether it will be nourishing to us (digestible) or toxic.
God's commandments in the Bible are guardrails for our lives (to guide us and protect us from both the evil in this world and in ourselves) and tell us about His principles and value system. Jesus packages these things for us. He clarifies God's intentions and heart for us. He properly models God's principles. He also models what a relationship with God looks like. He does this to bring understanding to us regarding how to live out these principles in our lives. Without Jesus' packaging of the scriptures we can think God is always angry with us or is telling us to do something that he isn't. Jesus wants us to see that God, as our Father (Abba), is approachable.
The Bible and Jesus' packaging of it together give us a complete picture of God's will. (See the foundational studies that discuss what the Word of God is for much more detail).
Establishing a daily meal time to FEED ON the "knowledge" about God through the perspective of Jesus in the Bible is key to our spiritual nourishment.
The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to DIGEST that FOOD (knowledge) for our day as we PRAY prayers of praise and thanksgiving, approach God with our needs and desire for his counsel, and listen. Through this prayer connection to the Holy Spirit we are encouraged, comforted and shown how to put our knowledge into action for that particular day. As we establish this pattern of reflective prayer in our lives (even just 10 focused minutes a day), we will be able to hear the Holy Spirit encouraging us all through the rest of the day through gentle promptings. The Holy Spirit embodies both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. They are all ONE. However, the Holy Spirit has the unique job of opening up our eyes and hearts and connecting us to their spirits through our prayer practice.
In addition to prayer, another way to facilitate spiritual digestion is through participating in a group bible study.
We EXERCISE our faith muscle as we listen to the Holy Spirit's promptings and allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to act on what we know about God and believe His will is for us in each situation we face that day.
By choosing to set aside a daily time to read the Bible, pray to God/Jesus through the Holy Spirit, we will exercise our faith muscle and live out our identity as God's sons and daughters. We will see a growing desire to share our growth process with others so that they, too, may escape the shallow lifestyle that God has rescued us from.
Experience the entire Bible in the time normally wasted (such as during your commute to work, or during your meal prep). Brian Hardin, from Nashville, TN hosts this. He brings the Bible alive with his use of background sounds and the gift of his unique voice. He sometimes explains the background of what you are reading and makes great parallels between things. You can read the WHOLE bible in one year through his program, if you'd like. Go to https://dailyaudiobible.com for more information or to download the APP.
Develop a deeper prayer life as you spend 15 minutes a day listening to and meditating on scriptures from the Bible. Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time. There's a new prayer session for every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. It combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. The aim is to help you become more aware of God's presence in your life, listen to and relect on God's word, and grow in your relationship with God. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives in Britain. Go to https://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home for more information or to download the APP.