Yesterday morning when I checked my email, I found this message from my friend Elaine in response to an earlier prayer request I had sent to her
"Wanted you to know I prayed for you this morning...here are God's words from me to you: Be in the Word today! He's going to supply you with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Be in the Word today!"
I can't explain how that message consisting of four sentences affected me but it was on a "large" scale! I knew that Elaine was right. God had indeed given her a word to pass on to me!
Immediately I opened my Bible and asked God to direct me to exactly what words in His Word I needed to read and meditate on yesterday. I felt very impressed that I was to go to James and read the entire book. It spoke volumes to me and I needed every word!
As I read, I began to jot down little scraps of words when something would really stir my spirit. I want to share some of those with you today. Maybe just from chapter one.
James 1:8 A two-faced person can not be trusted in ANY thing
James 1:15 lust conceived births sin
James 1:18 we were begotten with the word of TRUTH
James 1:19 the three S's....Swift to hear, Slow to speak, Slow to get angry
James 1:21 lay apart -- then receive
James 1:22 DO something! Don't just listen to God's Word and then just sit around and do nothing!
James 1:27 Pure Religion -- visit orphans & widows....and don't let the attractions of the world mess you up!
I have not yet done Beth Moore's newest Bible study on James but this has certainly whetted my appetite for it!
And Elaine was right! God has given me a peace today that I have not felt in quite a long time! I am so in awe of what God is doing and what He is going to do!
God bless you!