So that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  Romans 15:4

The scriptures were written long ago by those inspired by the Holy Spirit.  All that we have in the bible today is the inspired word of God.  Transformation takes place in our lives as we study the scriptures and meditate upon the scriptures.  We are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Some will claim that the bible is outdated or simply a book filled with fairy tales.  But it isn’t until we come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ that we come to understand the power of God’s word.  The more we study God’s word the more we are encouraged.  This journey can be very difficult sometimes and it is easy to become discouraged.  But when our lives are spent daily in the study of God’s word our hearts and minds will be fixed upon Jesus Christ.

Understanding God’s word comes as we fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  As we seek the Lord in prayer and draw near it is the Holy Spirit who opens our hearts and minds to understand the word of God.  It doesn’t require a bible degree to understand the word of God.  It simply requires a heart that is hungry to know the heart of God.

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