Now Is The Time!

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Isaiah 61:1a-2b

God’s timing is perfect! When He speaks, the time to respond in obedience is now. We often act as if we have all the time in the world to obey Him, but history doesn’t wait on our commitments. There is no such thing as postponing a decision with God. Either we obey, or we disobey. It is either faith or unbelief, obedience or disobedience. 

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Seeing Eyes, Hearing Ears

“But blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear.”

Matthew 13:16

When you became a Christian, God gave you spiritual sight and hearing so you could begin experiencing His presence and activity all around you. The Holy Spirit helps you to develop these spiritual senses as you walk with Him. Spiritual sensitivity to God is a gift that must be accepted and exercised. 

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Comic Books and Great Stories

I was never really into comic books as a kid, I wish I had been. I grew up not being a very good reader, and it wasn’t until my sister (much, much older than me) became the dyslexia coordinator at her school (she’s a 3rd grade teacher) did all the pieces fall into place, “that’s me!” The best thing for me was to read read read, which I had to do as a BA student in the Humanities. Now I read a lot and enjoy it.

All that to say, I have found a Bible I really like that I wish I had growing up as a boy who loved action heroes (and still do)! It’s not a traditional “Bible Bible” but it’s a comic book type version of the stories from the Bible, and it focuses on “action” and seems tailor made for boys… or men who are still boys at heart (I think we simply call these men).

It’s called: The Action Bible you can buy it at Amazon.com

Anyway, if you have boys, or you are a boy at heart, I really recommend this “Bible” (definitely not as a replacement for a traditional Bible, but for some fun reading and familiarization with the stories in the Bible). It’s beautifully illustrated, and a great supplement to any Bible study.

See the pictures below…

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The Shepherd Restores

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Psalm 23:3

Your Shepherd knows your every need. He knows you will grow weary in your pilgrimage with Him. He knows there are times when you need rest. Your Shepherd knows just what you need to be refreshed. At times you need to lie in lush meadows or beside quiet streams. Sometimes you need to be held by your Shepherd. At other times you need to enjoy the pleasures the Shepherd provides. The Shepherd will not always replenish you in the same way; His response to you will always perfectly correspond to your present need. As you follow your Shepherd there will be times when your soul becomes exhausted, perhaps because of trials you are experiencing or temptations you are resisting. The persecution you face or the burdens you are carrying for others may be wearing you down. You may be weary from the discipline the Shepherd has brought upon you. There will be times when you feel you can go no further in your Christian pilgrimage. Your Shepherd knows when you have reached this point, and He always has a remedy! There are many ways He can strengthen you: through His word, through others, or through your circumstances. He knows what you need even better than you do. Have you grown weary? Does your soul need to be refreshed? Don’t attempt to recover on your own. Only God knows how to heal and rejuvenate a soul (Isa. 40:28—31; Matt. 11:28—30). He will do it perfectly, sometimes in surprising ways. Ask Him to restore you, and then be prepared to respond to what He does next.

Perception (sorry, this is blowing my mind)

Can you trust yourself to see the truth? This dress looks white and gold to me, until I look at the version at the bottom of this post (after [more of this post]), then it’s blue and black. This blows my mind, but it illustrates that you cannot trust yourself.

StupidDress

You need someone who is connected to reality to guide you to the truth. I’m not talking about colors, I’m talking about reality. You need the Bible to connect you to the truth.

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