It's the hard books that count. Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds.”― John Piper, God's Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards
What a great time of praise and joy!
My spiritual tank is overflowing after spending time with my sisters in faith at the conference in Carthage, Missouri. All of us felt strengthened and encouraged from listening to the conference speakers, from discussing scriptures and from sharing our faith experiences with each other.
Are you raking, or are you digging when you read the bible?
Reading the bible is key to developing from a diamond in the rough to a sparkling, faceted diamond mounted in a ring of faith. Read your bible sisters. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom, knowledge, and discernment as you read and meditate upon the Word of God. Yes, it is a hard book, but stop raking and start digging!
- He is who He says He is
- He does what He says He does
- I am what He says I am
- I can do all things through Christ
- God's word is alive and active in me
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Matthew 22:37
22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
SalleeB: I added Luke 10:19, it is a cross reference for Mark 16:18 and provides and emphasis on the authority and power we have been given to overcome the enemy through Jesus Christ.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”