“From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Tim 3:15-17)
Dear children, today is the last day of 2016. As a pastor and as a mother, I was thinking, what is the best advice I can give to you, to help you enter the New Year with a new hope and a revived heart? I had some good options in mind but then, after prayer, I decided to go back to basics and simply tell you this: READ YOUR BIBLES! You cannot complain that I am too hard on you. This is my counsel: Read your Bibles daily! Read both the Old and the New Testament! Read your Bibles with faith, believing that God, who is your Father in heaven, shall speak to you thru His Word! As you well know, the Bible is not an ordinary book. There is no book that can compete with the Bible in value, beauty and power! Books are written by men inspired by their own spirits and imaginations. I agree with you: some books are very good and interesting. But the Bible is unique! The Bible is a HOLY BOOK! It is written by God the Holy Spirit. It is true that men wrote the words on paper but these men were completely under the influence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. When you read other books, you can predict the story; you become bored and tired after some time. But when you read the Bible you will be challenged, surprised, revived and encouraged by the very God who keeps you alive. Reading the Bible you shall discover and participate in the most beautiful and romantic love story of all times: how Jesus loves you and wants to make you one with Him! He died on the Cross so that you become a child of God! There is no greater love than this! Read about Jesus! Read until you know Him well! Worship Jesus Christ, your Savior and Lord!
The Word of God is truth and truth will set you free. By reading your Bible, shall experience the power of salvation, deliverance from bondages, spiritual freedom, peace and joy. In the Bible you shall find guidance from God in all situations, healing for your body and soul, help in time of need, joy when you are sad and wisdom when you make decisions in life. God speaks thru His Word! As the body needs food and water to live, so your soul needs the Bread of life and the Water of Life, all found in the Word of God. As you read the Bible you shall have holy living words in your mouth to preach to others. You become a blessing to many! You shall be known as a man or a woman of God! There is no greater title than that! Doing God’s work is the best and most profitable work! Starting now, make a clear decision that in 2017 you shall pay the price to be a good student of the Bible. The very reading of the Word will pay you for all your effort. Wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and have your quality quiet time. Read the Word with your voice. Listen to your voice. Then pray that the Holy Spirit will interpret what you have read. Meditate on that Word throughout the day. You will see that you feel stronger, wiser and healthier! The devil hates this counsel… But, dear son, dear daughter… I promise that I will continue to pray for you! The Lord is your Helper and mine! Let’s do it! Happy New Year!