In Other Words Tuesday ~ Oct. 30

“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection.  And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” ~ A.W. Towzer ~

I really don’t have anything profound to share as I consider this quote. It was suggested to me that the very shortest route to spiritual perfection for a believer saved by grace would be death, but I digress….

A suggestion that I do have that is helping me in a profound way this year is my Bible reading strategy. I’ve read the Bible through a couple of times and this year it was suggested to me to take a different approach to my Bible reading. This year I started with the shortest books of the Bible progressing up to the longer books and I read each book 20 times before I move on. First I just read it straight through. Then further into my 20 times I begin to dissect and break down each paragraph or chapter to get a deeper understanding of what is being revealed. I have found that with this approach I can remember themes in a book better. It helps me get the big picture. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us and to guide us into all truth. For me spiritual growth has not been short or quick. It has taken years of plugging along for me to get to where I am today, which is no where near perfection. I thank God that He is the one that brings me along by His grace to spiritual growth in Him. I want to be ready and willing to receive His grace and his teaching and respond in obedience and perseverance. This reading the Bible approach I’ve started in 2007 will probably not be completed till I die 🙂

Be encouraged to keep moving forward in your walk with the Lord. Ask Him to teach you and lead you in your Bible reading and studying. Each day is a new day with the Lord. Open his word and enjoy it and Him.

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11 thoughts on “In Other Words Tuesday ~ Oct. 30

  1. [It was suggested to me that the very shortest route to spiritual perfection for a believer saved by grace would be death] I worked for a heart surgeon for a long time. During that time, I had a patient who custom made buttons that read, “The shortest route to a man’s heart is through his sternum.” I thought about this man when I read this weeks quote. I thought about death too…

    I was in a Bible study in which we all committed to reading a chapter of a book 5 times before arriving to discuss the chapter ~ it was quite hard for me to stay disciplined!

  2. Amen to the death part! I think I would start with Colossians or Timothy if I did your method and I like the 5 times rather than 20!

  3. What a disciplined approach to reading! I may need to file that away. I’ve been trying to do the read the Bible in 90 days format this year. I got sidelined for a while, but am back to it. Definitely been a blessing.

  4. You sing my heart’s cry–that my spiritual growth is not short nor quick, but to His praise, it is a constantly continual process. That He would endure unto me to cleanse and cut out that which displeases Him and to plant, nurture and shape that which pleases Him. He really does complete and perfect every part of His child for the day He returns. It’s not always a pretty event, but it is always a thoroughly righteous one. Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. I’m reading a book called “Living by the Book” about inductive Bible study and one of the strategies is rereading and rereading. I’m currently doing that with the Ten Commandments. What encouragement, yet challenging to see something new each time without getting bored.

    Appreciate your comment on my blog and your thoughts about Bible reading.

  6. “Be encouraged to keep moving forward in your walk with the Lord”….your words, Ellen, are of great encouragement; thank you.

    Ditto with your sister on reading 5 vs 20 times!! What determination!

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