30/30 Challenge: Day 30

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

Day 30 on the #3030challenge! There were some days I felt like throwing in the towel. At times I wondered if this challenge was really getting me anywhere. I mean I still feel pain. I still have unanswered prayers. I have good days and bad. But what have I gained since April 1, 2016?

What good did studying the Bible regularly do me?

It increased my Biblical knowledge. When I open my mouth to speak about my faith, I feel like I’m less likely to make a fool of myself in front of people. That’s always a good thing, right?

In my daily life when situations come up, I have relevant Scripture on my mind to keep me from acting stupid. For example, when I’m tempted to engage in pettiness, I remember things like:

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. (Proverbs 14:1)

Satan is very convincing, he’s good at persuading us to make a snide comment here or intentionally neglect something there- but he can’t do much coercing when the Word gets in his way.

And God’s arguments are indisputable.

What else? Oh, yeah! I have an amazing Church family to help me carry on in faith. I know you’re thinking, “You decided to go to Church. How did reading the Bible help?”

Because I didn’t go look for a Church. A Church came to me. I read the Bible. Wanted more. Prayed for more. Then a Church that fits me like a velvet glove came to my front door. And they weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses (no offense to J.Ws!).

I couldn’t have went out and found a better church myself.

Also the challenge gave me a passion for reading the Bible. I read it before as a mandatory task. My Christian duty. Now, I actually enjoy diving into the Word. I love reading something and getting “Aha!” moments. It’s working for me.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)

In conclusion…

There is wisdom in the pages of a Bible and routine study of God’s word WILL result in spiritual growth.

*Rae

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20 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 30

  1. The Word of God has the power to prune our lives. Oh, if more Christians develop a passion for diving into Scriptures, what a better world it would be. “You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:3

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  2. Lori Schools says:

    I’m so glad you found a wonderful church family! Just one thing….please don’t ever think God has not answered your prayers…..maybe His answer is just “wait.” Keep soaking in the Bible! Way to go!

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  3. The enemy always wants us to think it is futile to read God’s Word and follow His Spirit. But the Bible says you are feeding your spirit and when you do, your faith will grow. We never go by what we see or compare ourselves to how others achieve. Never grow weary of God’s Word. That’s how we come into that abundant life that Christ died to give us. It’s a process.

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  4. Now, for the next 30-day challenge …
    Membership in a good church is most important for everyone who isn’t a lone prophet. I remind myself on the occasions when relatively minor differences in teachings or opinions arise, that no one person or group has all the truths of God. Stay with your good church; maybe you or other individuals or the church will see the other side of the discussion. Don’t let the serpent of Rev. 12 create division. Stay close to brothers and sisters who .care for you and pray for you. Of course, if they don’t do that, it should be discussed and settled.

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  5. Thought I’d give you a visit Rae. Thx for the comment and like, I have actually finished my next one on Fear, which is also branching from your post. Fearing the Lord and getting to know Him more than shoving Him off in the good times, He always appreciate our praise instead of us praising ourselves. So praise God for your amazing words and knowledge in your 3030 challenge. God Bless.

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  6. I’ve been studying the Bible since I was 7 years old. That means I’ve spent literally thousands of hours with Scripture. I’ve been memorizing passages for over two decades, and I even learned Koine Greek at Seminary so that I could read the NT in its original language. You know what? I STILL have to return to it regularly. There is a depth within that requires we stay connected to it throughout our lives as Christians. When God can’t get through to us in our daily lives, He is able to speak to our hearts from there.

    I love that your church came to you. That’s how it’s supposed to be:)

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  7. That’s impressive! And you’re 100% right on the mark. Sometimes it’s hard to hear God in a world of so much noice, but with a few minutes of quiet with a Bible and He speaks volumes.

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  8. Don’t ever give up, Rae. Your soul is worth persevering for, and enduring all the trials of faith. “Put on the whole armor of God” (Eph 6:10). And, like Peter said, “Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” (1Peter 4:1). Putting on the mindset of a Christian soldier will help you to “fight the good fight of faith” unto the end (1Tim 6:12). God’s grace and peace be with you, Rae.

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  9. There is power in that Book. 😉 It doesn’t promise to erase the pain, as if with magic, but it does help heal the pain, and that’s a promise given over and over again. Praying in these next 30 days, you seek it out even more and gain more and more wisdom, strength, healing and grace. Glad to have “met up” with you here and looking forward to reading your blog! Thanks for the like today! 😉

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