This is the fourth in a series by our co-founder Jerry Borton. To read the previous posts, click the month. December, November, October.
Last month I shared the need to change the messages we allow to play in our minds. Our minds can get so crowded with input, even if we want to listen to “God’s tapes” we may struggle to hear them. So how do we make God’s truth louder?
First, if you haven’t already given your life to Jesus, that is where to begin. If you are unclear what it means to give your life to Jesus, please email me at Jerry@Luke14Exchange.org. I’d love to explain it to you.
Second, spend time daily reading God’s Word. Some days you may read several chapters, other times just a verse or two. You don’t have to turn the pages of a Bible to do that. I use YouVersion, it’s available online or as an app on your smartphone.
Set time aside each day to read the Bible. Find a way to get into God’s Word daily and get God’s Word into you. It may be beneficial to get up a little earlier, or go to bed a little later, or watch a little less TV. If your day is packed, look for space in your daily routine. I listen to the Bible as I get dressed each morning. Experiment with what works best for you. And, remember there’s grace.
Third, memorize Scripture. Why not start with the passages we talked about last month. You can write out the verses on index cards and place them where you will see them throughout the day. You can record the Scripture and play them back on your smartphone. Remember it is helpful to include the Bible reference (book name, chapter, and verse) when you are memorizing. It is also beneficial to find a partner who wants to memorize Scripture and share accountability.
Fourth, find a Bible-believing church, or a local Bible study to join. If you are new to the faith, ask a few friends where they attend. Ask them about accessible entrances and bathrooms if needed. You can also reach out to us at Luke 14 Exchange for more assistance.
Finally, monitor your self-talk. For the next week, notice what you say to yourself. When you catch yourself saying something derogatory, remind yourself of the truths in the verses you are memorizing or recently read. If you can’t say something nice about yourself- why should others? More importantly, God created you, adores you and has a good plan for your life. As the saying goes, “God don’t make no junk.” Don’t condemn or speak poorly of the handiwork of God.
“God has never looked into your mirror or mine and wished he saw something else.” Bob Goff