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Devotion to God’s Word – Buried Treasure

Published August 31, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday night I went to bed as usual and picked up my bible to read, but I just didn’t know where to start.  I had been picking books at random and reading them in depth – for example I have just finished reading Isaiah, and sometimes something will jump out at me and sometimes I’m a little confused.  So, like I said,  I had just finished reading Isaiah and had felt like it had been a hard slog.  I had enjoyed my reading and had had some Ah Ha moments but at this time I thought to myself: where now?  And I prayed saying: Lord can you help me to know where to start with your word.  I started reading Jeremiah, because it is the next book and I enjoyed it because it was related to the video testimony in the last post, but I soon fell asleep still hungry for God’s Word.

Then on Sunday evening after the house of prayer, my Pastor gave me a brand new, very shiny copy of the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible, which is pink and purple by the way – it’s really pretty.  I was so excited to get home and explore it, thinking this was perfect for someone who doesn’t know where to start.  But when I opened it up, I was just as lost as to where to start as before!  Should I read it from cover to cover, doing the one year through the bible showed in a tick list on pg 1516?  Or maybe I should start with the 60 day overview of the bible on pg 1520.  Or maybe one of the 30 day studies.  Or should I just go down the subject index on pg 1543 and dip in and out?  Oh dear!

I closed my eyes and prayed again, saying: Thank you Lord for answering my prayer and sending me this new, very pretty bible and please bless Pastor Freddie for thinking of offering one to me, but where do you want me to start?  I opened my eyes and they went straight to the subject titled Bible Study on pg 1149.  It was titled: BURIED TREASURE (Read Mathew 13:1-58).  And this is what I learned:

Jesus spoke to the people in parables and gave interpretation to his disciples.  Jesus wants us to understand his message about the Kingdom of Heaven but he also wants us to seek with an open heart.  Like digging for buried treasure, he wants us to hear his word, find him there and delight in him.  Reading the bible should lead you to the treasure – and the more you seek, the more you will find, and the more you find, the more you will want to seek.

“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing they do not hear or understand.”

 (Mathew 13:12,13)

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

 (Mathew 13:16)

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Lord, please give me ears to hear and eyes to see…

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“My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old – things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.  We will not hide them from our descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

(Psalm 78: 1-4)

“let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

(Proverbs 1:5-7)

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

(Proverbs 2:1-6)

When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.  He told them,

“The secret of the Kingdom of God has been given to you.  But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that,

“they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,

and ever hearing but never understanding;

otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”

(Mark 4:10-12)

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”

(Romans 11:33)

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

(Isaiah 45:3) thank you to my friend Chris who pointed this one out to me after reading the blog post – what a gem

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Thank you Lord for showing me where to start and giving me a path to  follow…

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

(Psalm 119:103-105)

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I wonder which path the Lord will light for me tomorrow.  I get shivers of anticipation just thinking about it.

Encountering God

Published August 29, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

You thought that was cool – you crying yet?

Well watch her testimony next – I was sobbing by the end…

I pray you will experience an encounter with God today – Lord fill us all up to overflowing…

I bet you’re weeping now

Amen

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Life

Published August 23, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

The breath of life is God’s sweet gift

That we should breathe and we should live

It is in the oxygen that fills our lungs

That fuels the blood within our tongues

And in the blood that life remains

Passion pumps it round our veins

The heart is where our love resides

And in the lifeblood our desires

Life to do and life to be

Life to be lived in its entirety

To be desired and to be shared

With peace, hope, love and joy declared

So live it – it is yours to live

Yours to share and yours to give

Celebrate that you are blessed

And in God’s heart your life takes rest

© August 2015 Laura Crean

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