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In the last days…men will be lovers of self, lovers of money…disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy…without self-control…haters of good, treacherous…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power. Avoid such men as these…who…captivate weak women weighed down with sins…always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth [2 Timothy 3:1-7].
When I was born again I chose not to read books about the Bible, but to read only the Bible. Accordingly I read the entire Bible in my first year of rebirth. It was the King James Version because I grew up on it and knew that version was accepted by everyone as a good translation. After that I read through the Bible every year at least once, and most years at least twice. For half of those years I read through the Bible three and four times a year.
So I’ve read the entire Bible over one hundred times now. This doesn’t include reading portions of the Bible as quoted in commentaries and other books. Nor does it take into account reading the Greek New Testament six or seven times and the Hebrew Old Testament considerably. Neither does it include Bible reading where I spend time with Jesus in prayer, and meditate on portions of the good Word of God while sitting at His feet.
I don’t state this to gain clout, or as a status symbol. I don’t win any brownie points for reading the Bible! I read the Bible because it is spiritual food. The new life we receive when we are born again needs to be fed, just as our natural bodies need natural food daily, even thrice daily, to stay healthy and grow.
So I note my Bible reading to tell you that I have stopped thinking in terms of the evening news, or in terms of movies and TV shows. I don’t see the world the way most folks I encounter see the world.
This is readily apparent to me in most of the conversations and comments I share with others. Most of mankind is under the mind control of the evil one. Man has lost the reality of the Bible and gone to feeding in the scorched earth pastures of the world and its prince, the devil.
Daily I am beleaguered by worldly behaviors and thinking, yea, even by Christians, self-professed Bible-believing Christians. These kind folks do things and say things contrary to the express teachings of the Bible, and they haven’t a clue they are being anti-biblical because they are conformed to the world (Romans 12:2).
When a Christian doesn’t feed daily on the spiritual food of the Bible, eating all the food God places on the table from Genesis through Revelation, then he is malnourished, anemic, spiritually enervated. The world and its thinking dominate him and make it even harder for him to read the Bible or schedule time to be alone with Jesus.
This has a snowball effect, rolling down the mountain at increasing speeds and growing bigger with each revolution, until all that exists is the snowball. The snowball is the old way of life, the sin nature which focuses on self and enjoying its own pleasures.
Snowballs are fun when we have a handful of snow in our mits. But a humongous uncontrollable mass of snow plummeting down the mountain slope? Now that is an entirely different matter! We will continue our study tomorrow. Greet Jesus and allow Him to refresh you today.
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