Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Holy Writings ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

Holy Scriptures comprise the Bible, the authoritative source defining the beliefs of Christian faith. Believed to be the inspired word of God, these sacred writings consist of 66 books making up the Old Testament and New Testament. From the 5th century, scholars call the Bible the “Library of Divine Revelation”. Within these holy-breathed words of God, we discover God’s power, promises and prophesy, His laws and His love, the gift of salvation, and absolute truth. Through these ancient words, God reveals His character and declares His purpose. Scripture includes lessons to teach, correct, restore, and train. With the Holy Scriptures, God breathes His faithfulness into the world.

Spiritual maturity evolves as the Christian studies the Scriptures, spends time reading and listening for God’s direction and guidance. The Bible becomes a tangible holiness of God’s presence, a language of necessary prayer, a confirmation of grace-full redemption, the assurance of divine truth. God uses His inspired words to prepare and equip us to complete His purpose. 

Lord, let me read these God-breathed words with greater understanding, deeper meaning, and renewed purpose. Create a hunger and thirst for Your word that will grow my awareness of Your presence. Stir my soul with the mystery of amazing love, the majesty of promises fulfilled, the hope of what is to come. Great is Your faithfulness. –dho

Focus Point: With the Holy Scriptures, God breathes His faithfulness into the world. 

**Additional writings that some Christian denominations include: the Apocrypha contains 14 ancient books related to the Old Testament that, written in Greek and believed to have been composed during the time between Malachi and the New Testament times. Scholars say that no quotes from the Apocrypha appear in the New Testament.

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