Week 2: Your Spiritual Life
Here is what I learned during the second week of the "Intentionally Focused" Bible Study by Good Morning Girls.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5
I admit that I try to stand on my own, but this is useless. I need to invite Jesus to help me work on every single task in my life. Good things come when you work together with God, going through him for strength and support.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." - Mark 1:35
This was my verse of the day on the first day back to college classes during the Spring semester. This was the perfect verse for that particular day because I woke up at 6am with the intention of making it a habit to pray and study the Bible every morning. What a great way to confirm my new Bible study schedule through comparison with Jesus' life. I have written down from the GMG notes that "even God's perfect son, He who does not sin, makes an appointment with God that he keeps each morning. He starts every day with God in his heart, praying for God to take over His life each day."
I asked myself a few questions:
What draws me to God?
How have I made him a priority in my life?
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." - John 4: 13-14
If we live our lives without God we will always be searching for more, never fulfilled. If you live your life for God, you will never want again. He will provide. He quenches our thirst and satisfies our desires, and we live our lives for Him. It is a mutual relationship.
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12
God's word is alive, right here, right now. He knows the entirety of our hearts: every thought, every sin, every guilt. His word provides direction, reassurance, love and affection. We just need to look to Him and read his word.
How is God's word alive in my life?
Can God's word be more active in my life?
"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you." - Psalm 63: 3-5
This life is weighed down with sin, temptation and worldly problems, but His love helps us to walk through it with compassion and love. Without Him, we will always want more, want to do more, want to be more, but if we step back and refocus on God, we will be truly satisfied by His love.
This week is all about realizing that God's love is enough and that it is already inside you, you just have to look for it and ask for help. Coming back to these verses really helps me feel more grateful when I am struggling with the stresses of daily life.
Is God's love alive in your life? How do you make his word active in your life?