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This Is The Bible: Day 5

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Today's Text: Psalm 119:81-104, Hebrews 4:12-13, Ephesians 6:10-17, Proverbs 30:5

Text: Psalm 119:81-104, Hebrews 4:12-13, Ephesians 6:10-17, Proverbs 30:5

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV

Why do we bother to memorize Scripture? If Jesus came and conquered death, is there anything else to worry about? We believe; we live as Christians; we go to heaven.

It’s not quite that simple, is it?

Our Christian lives are a constant struggle. The battle is ongoing and it won’t end until the day Jesus returns to complete the defeat of Satan. As the Reformation Study Bible notes, “The forces of darkness are defeated, but not yet harmless.”

In Ephesians, Paul instructs us on how to put on the “full armor of God,” covering ourselves with the things of God, from feet to head. In the end, we are told to “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The Bible does not need us to defend it. We need the Bible to help us stand firm in Christ.

Putting on the full armor of God is more than belief. It includes studying God’s Word, letting the Holy Spirit guide our hearts and minds as we read it, and being in prayer about having our hearts and lives changed through it. The Bible is meant to actively change us, actively change our world, and prepare us for the resistance we will meet in this Christian life.

We will fight, but we will not fight alone.
His Word is living and active, and it fights for us.

But that’s not all.

The writer of Hebrews also uses the imagery of the sword, describing God’s Word as “piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). This living, sacred text not only guards our hearts, it penetrates and knows them, too. Reading Scripture and meditating on it, storing it up in our hearts and minds, is not mere Christian duty. It is our privilege.

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  • So thankful for the truth of knowing He will fight for me.

  • Being in high school I constantly am exposed to things that don’t please God. Thank God for the knowledge that he will fight for me and with me!

  • This was great scripture. I love how it talks about the bible being out protection about evil forces. It’s our comfort, our protection, and our connection to God!

  • Sullivan

    I love that this just straight up told me that the Bible doesn’t need me to defend it, but I need the Bible to defend me. No sugarcoating, but got the message across in a perfect way. Also, Proverbs 30:5 really spoke to me today. God’s word is FLAWLESS, everything it says is true and right.

  • Angela Jo

    I love that perspective change. I don’t need to defend the Bible. I need the Bible to protect and defend me.

  • This has been my favorite day! It really spoke to me, I needed this in my life right now.

    • Chloe

      i completely agree! it was a perfect reminder for me. because we are so fortunate and have such easy access to the Bible we need to take full advantage of it a read from the book of life as regularly as possible!

  • This has been my favorite day out of them all!

  • I like the comment that the Bible doesn’t need us to defend it, we need it to help us…id never thought about it that way before

    • Melissa Moore

      Loved that part as well-it feels like people spend a lot of time and energy defending it when we should be reading, memorizing and commuting to living it out everyday!

  • Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
    And so my days begin and end in the sweetness oh being His child.

  • Really enjoyed this very powerful

  • A fight is coming very soon! We have to be prepared! Hebrews 4:12 is all we need!

  • As I go through this devotion day by day. The word is speaking to me more and becoming more powerful. I’m truly hitting me how true God’s word is and how essential it is to follow it every second

  • Caroline

    “For the word of God is alive and active.”
    Hebrew 4:12
    I love that verse because it is so true!

    • Caroline

      5 “Every word of God is flawless;
      he is a shield to those who take refuge in him”

      This one is also very very true. God and all of His words are flawless! These are my two favorites!

  • Maybe this is a helpful analogy: If a teacher gives you two options: either you sit in class and learn from Her or you take extra time for recess and don’t lean anything, you are not earning anything by choosing to sit with her. You are rather receiving the free gift of her knowledge and wisdom because she is being gracious.

  • I’d argue that making the difficult choice (by resisting temptation of evil and worldly definitions of success) to submit to the Lord is definitely an act that qualifies as “earning salvation”. Walking with Christ isn’t easy, at least isn’t always easy, so I know redemption is earned for sure.

    • Kaylee Davis

      Indeed it’s a difficult choice, but that choice does not “earn” salvation. The Bible says, “For by grace you are saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” A gift is not earned; a gift is received. We are on the receiving end of God’s grace. We are called to live a life reflective of Christ, but His grace covers all sin– forever. No act can earn redemption.

    • Angel Yoder

      You don’t resist temptation alone. That’s also the Holy Spirit working in you. If you didn’t have the Holy Spirit, you wouldn’t resist evil. So no, you do not earn salvation. It is a gift of God.

  • I have really enjoyed these daily devotions. And knowing struggle is something other Christians go through as well is helpful. I do have a question regarding salvation…I was saved when I was 7 years old and baptized a few months later as a 7 year old. My question is that even though I was saved as a young child, that’s ok? I only need to be saved once correct? Sometimes I feel that is not enough and I need to do more. I guess that may be part of the struggle.

    • Kaylee Davis

      Once saved, always saved! Salvation is a beautiful thing, yet it is a struggle to believe that we can do nothing to earn it– not by good works, cleanliness, wisdom, etc. We live in a world that tells us that we must earn everything. Our world says that self-reliance and independence are what can help us survive… and yet the complete opposite is true. It’s only when we give up our lives to Christ Jesus that we are true living and truly saved. Once is enough— God’s grace is enough and it covers you if you believe. Doubt and fear are of the Devil. Pursue a steadfast faith, and remember the times in your life when God was unquestionably real and living inside you. Those are the experiences that will make us solid and grounded in our faith. Again, once saved, always saved.

      • Nicole

        I’d argue that making the difficult choice (by resisting temptation of evil and worldly definitions of success) to submit to the Lord is definitely an act that qualifies as “earning salvation”. Walking with Christ isn’t easy, at least isn’t always easy, so I know redemption is earned for sure.

    • Lindy

      Giving your heart to Jesus, or being saved, is a daily thing. We need surrender our lives and and hearts to Him, and study his word every day in order to put on the armor Ephesians talks about. And so we can have strength and wisdom to face, and get through each day. I agree that it’s difficult to accept that salvation is a free gift, and not earned. But be assured that it is, and that you are saved as you give your heart to Jesus each day.

  • Grace McKenzie

    It really struck me how there is no way to control everything but there are plenty of things that I can do which set me up for success. Like (physically/practically) getting appropriately dressed and ready in the morning and having a good breakfast. I love how God has provided nourishment and armor and shoes and power and help for me to be ready for whatever comes today!
    This kind of made me think of Robocop haha! How the living word can pick me apart and then build me back up stronger than before to live supernaturally.

  • Ariel Wilson

    Knowing that I’m not the only one going through a constant struggle helps me keep going.

  • I am so glad I found SRT never have I been so dedicated to reading the bible and I love how the devotional really explains the text and puts everything into perspective. I am so glad God will fight for me as long as I wear his armor. It’s so comforting to know that he will always have my back. I am finally understanding that I can’t do it all on my own and it is such a relief because I was and still am failing. So I am so thankful God is there for me.

    • Caroline

      I feel the same exact way Emery! I never have enjoyed reading His word so much! But now I get excited!

  • “For the word of God is alive 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

    What a beautiful way to illustrate the active power of God’s holy word.

  • Love it hey Liz

  • Elizabeth

    There is a great website (I promise I don’t spend all of my time on the internet) called learnscripture.net that has really helpful ways of learning scripture and you can come back daily to retest yourself on the verses. I strongly recommend it as a good way of getting Scripture lodged in your “mental armoury” :)

  • Elizabeth

    This is a great article to inspire us to memorise Scripture: http://www.challies.com/quotes/5-great-reasons-to

    • Jordan

      I loved this!! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s very relevant to today’s plan, and holds so much truth. Part of my daily prayer is giving me the knowledge & understanding to memorize what I am reading. I find this one of the more difficult tasks. How do I memorize!! How do I not let a verse slip my memory?!

  • I love this. And God is awesome for making the person who made this app!

  • Kjerstin

    It ís our privilege! God ís really speaking that to my heart today.

  • we will fight but we won’t fight alone! Amen!

  • This is so awesome. Praise Him.

  • Reading Scripture and meditating on it, storing it up in our hearts and minds, is not mere Christian duty. It is our privilege.
    I love this!! I love knowing the Lord loved and loves me enough to never leave me, his word a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

  • Sarah-Marie

    The Bible, his word is our greatest weapon and defense! This is a great wakeup call for me right now

  • ShannonNichole

    We don’t need to defend the Word, it defends us. This is a point we all need to get into our thick heads!! How often do we feel defensive about our faith and our beliefs? Let us have complete trust that God is willing and able to defend himself, and us as well!

  • Amen I am beyond grateful for his holy word! I try to store it my heart for if there is a day that I no longer have my bible I still want to be able fight with his word. I feel like our bible should be something that if we ever have misplaced it we should feel lost without it. I know I do since in the past 3 years I have been digging deep into Gods word but before it could have been missing for months and it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. Praising him today for our guide in life!

    • Sandy

      This is such an excellent point, Nichole! Having His Word so saturated I our hearts that we have it with us even if we don’t have a Bible. Love it.

  • I am constantly grateful and dumbfounded that God would give us this gift of his son and his Word to fight for someone as broken, sinful, and wretched as me. Glory to God for his unfailing mercy and love!

  • Erin Watkins

    “His Word is living and active, and it fights for us” what a great message!!!

  • Amen!! I struggle daily but I know through His words that He is with me and gives me strength. Reading the Word first thing in the morning helps me to get through each day. God Bless!

  • This passage helped me get the posture I needed to go through today. There is power in His words!

  • Yes would love to be able to recommend something similar for my fiancé? X

  • Jesus is really using this study to give me a renewed love for his Word! This is the first study I’ve done from She Reads Truth, and I’m so very thankful for the people that created this app! Can anyone recommend something similar for men?

  • This is a passage I really needed today, and it is so important to remember it! It is so true that as a Christian it is a PRIVILEGE to read Gods Word and have it in our lives, and everyday I look forward to reading more :-)

  • Stephanie

    I’m loving this study plan! It’s a great introduction to the Word. While I enjoy my time using this app, my eyes can only handle staring at my phone for so long. Which physical publication of the NIV would you suggest? All of the options are so overwhelming!

    • Dadrian

      Stephanie,
      If you are wanting an easy study read I would suggest NASB. The NIV is a paraphrase and it is a little loose in that and it leaves out scripture in areas. The NASB is a better option or even NKJV for that matter. They are both word for word translations.

    • Dadrian

      Also the Holman Christian is a pretty good translation also. I have The Study Bible for Women that is Holman and it is wonderful. Has lots of extra stuff for studying! Hope this helps.

  • Betsy Cook

    My church has been doing a new lesson on choosing one word for 2015. I’ve been struggling coming up with ONE word that can define life for 2015 and what I will stand on..and this lesson spoke the word loud and clear. Firm. Stand firm in faith, stand firm when I feel like falling, and stand firm in fighting for life, fighting for my soul and when praying for others in their walk. I’m so excited to learn this year what it means to stand firm for God in 2015. I hope others are being encouraged as we walk though life daily. Thank you!

  • VictoriousOne

    I pray that Gods word actively changes my life and the world. What a privilege God had given us to study and meditate on His holy word. Lord help me take advantage of every opportunity to seek you!

  • Brittnee

    Oh my goodness! How much did I need to read this! As I was battling myself to sit down and focus on the Lord for a moment or do something else! I’m almost in tears because I sat down reluctantly and, MAN, the Lord nails it EVERY TIME! I need his word daily, even if it is just this little bit. Thank you God for speaking to me so clearly today!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Brittnee, you are so right! He is such a good Father! Thanks for joining us today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Ashlyn Ann

    Exodus 14:14-” The Lord will fight for you,and you have only to be silent.”

  • Hayley Vale

    ~ Does anybody know how the Holy Spirit actually works through us as we read? I’m trying to understand how it all works. Is it simply because through reading the Word our hearts and our eyes are opened to certain/relevant things in our life that God is hinting us to pay more attention to? Could someone please help clarify this it would be much appreciated :) xx God bless you ladies

    • Jacklyn Humphrey

      as you read scripture it is the Holy Spirit that convicts you or encourages you or connects this historical text, Gods words, to your current life. it is why the bible can still be relevant to you. Because the Holy Spirit has made a home inside of you, inside of your heart, you can read the bible and gain spiritual wisdom and understanding of God, of yourself, and others…. THAT is a grace given gift.

    • Jacklyn Humphrey

      and as you begin to memorize and read more scripture it begins to change your heart and your actions and the way you live your life. it does so in a way you could not do on your own without the Holy Spirit

  • A man I knew would always say “it’s not just black ink on white pages- it’s the living Jesus!”

  • Hannah Ivy

    What a beautiful lesson! The lord will help us fight always. We must drench ourselves in his words.

  • Note that the Scripture is also referring to Jesus(God the Son) when it’s stating characteristics and truths about the “Living Word of God.” John 1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” “…the Word became flesh…”

    Blessings to you ladies!! Keep putting on the armor of God and rely upon God’s strength!

  • Ashley L

    God’s Word is truly a blessing. After reading today’s message I’m left in awe in just how powerful it truly is

  • Prayers for you, Tiffany. God sees your tears and feels your pain. A blessing is coming, in Jesus name!

  • Tiffany L

    I have been struggling lately with a chronic illness (endometriosis) and reading about the power of Gods word encourages me to keep fighting. Not only the spiritual battles but the physical too! As I had a horrible night of pain and nausea with little sleep, I will put on my armor to help me be brave :-)

  • I swear every time I have a need or thought I can open SRT or my devotional or my Bible and there is the answer! I have been thinking about scripture memorization for a few weeks now and wishing I could be better at it. So funny how this was on here today when I went to read….. God you are so good you always give me the answers and I'm finding life is so much better now that I have starting cutting out the noise and actually listening and seeking You ;)

  • Alayna G

    As I’m memorizing James, I am also studying the book again. By applying the inductive study method, every word and phrase has a new meaning. Each word is placed where it is for a reason. Each one was chosen by God (through James) to get the right message to the people.
    Only through memorization, can we meditate on the Word of God. It’s incredible how even simple verses I had memorized when I was younger in Awanas will crop up somedays when I least expect it. His Word is better than any advice I could seek. He speaks, even though we see no cloud or burning bush as the Israelites and Moses did. If only I would take time to listen.

  • Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10 – 17‬ KJV

    I Follow Christian Websites that Warn of Spiritual Darkness and Boy has that Darkness Permeated Our Land-;( AND Activity of Demons and Spiritual Warfare is SO Real than Ever!! Great Verses to Cling to in THIS Dark Age!!

  • Love this!

  • Erin Larsen
  • “The Bible does not need us to defend it. We need the Bible to help us stand firm in Christ.” <3

  • Ksparksart

    Saying the verses outloud and with feeling and some sign language has helped my kids so much and it’s amazing how in that it’s actually helped me! We review our verses from index cards on Mondays and then add to and keep practicing the rest of the week. I out cards on my mirror and might do one verse a month if it’s harder to really soak it in. Resources: the rizers, seeds family worship, Charlotte mason memory card system. I love that God let’s us have full access to His word and the spirit interprets it and then God activates it in our lives through application. It truly is the bread of life!!

  • Lily Freeman

    As a Pastors kid, I grew up in church. Can’t count on a single hand how many days I have missed at church. However, with helping lead worship at my church, sometimes I feel like I get so caught up in the worship of God that I don’t spend enough time in his love letter- His Word- to me. I wish memorizing scripture was as easy as memorizing some of my favorite worship songs. But sometimes no matter how many times I read over scripture, it just doesn’t seem to sink in.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Lily! Thank you so much for sharing. I can definitely relate to the difficulty in memorizing scripture! I love learning scripture by setting it to a song-maybe you will too, since you enjoy leading worship! I\’ve found there\’s not just one way that works for everyone, and I tried several different ways before arriving at the best for me. Praying that you find a method you love!!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Michelle

    Diane, while I grew up in the church it wasn’t until recently that I desired to really study the Bible. There are so many ways to study it, that I think in some ways it’s really a personal preference on how to go about it. If you are new to the faith though, I would recommend reading through the New Testament and then the Old. It’s out of chronological order, but you may find it easier to start that way. Personally I am using an archeological study Bible and working through it from front to back, but that’s just the way I wanted to do it this time.
    As for memorization, repetition is key. I like to write down verses on index cards or post it notes and leave them around the house. Also, keeping a reading/prayer journal helps me. Getting better at memorizing verses will get easier if you figure out your learning style and create ways to work with that style. For example, if you’re an auditory learner, maybe you could record yourself reading key verses and then play them in the car while you’re running errands. Hope this gives you a few ideas!

    • Diane

      Thank you so much Michelle and Kaitlin! These tips and words of encouragement are exactly what I needed to hear! :-)

      • Jenny

        Hi Diane! I totally understand , like most of us girls on here, whet you are coming from. It wasn’t until I started helping with a college group that I really discovered how to “study” the bible. Once you have chosen where you want to start look first at who is writing that book/ verse. Ask the who, what, when, why, where’s and that will help you to know so much about the origin of that book. Also, when reading verses, read the verse bf and the verse after so you get the context. But it’s only the reliance on the Holy Spirit that will truly help you retain it :) Hope that helps!!

  • I am new to reading the Bible. It intimidates me. I want to spend more time reading The Word, but I honestly don’t know the best way to do so…from cover to cover? Open to any page and point to any verse? I also have a terrible memory and can’t ever seem to remember a verse I read just hours, or sometimes even minutes before. Any tips would be so helpful. Blessings.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Diane! We are so happy to have you! The Bible can absolutely be intimidating, but praying for God to meet you in His Word each morning makes it a true delight! The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are a great place to start-I\’d suggest our plan \”This Is The Gospel\” next! We love having you, thanks for joining us! Praying for you, sister!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

      • Diane

        Thank you so much Michelle and Kaitlin! These words of encouragement and tips are exactly what I needed to hear :-)

  • God is so good. He has equipped us with his everlasting, living, God-breathed word. What a beautiful gift. We are so blessed where we can share our faith freely and live without danger. This entry has reminded me to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Life is a spiritual bar fight. May there be peace, and may we stand firm until that day.

  • Thank you for reminding me that I need the Bible to stand firm in Christ, I need to meditate on it daily. I’ve already begun to crave my alone time in His word each morning, my day feels incomplete without my daily fill of God’s eternal wisdom.

    • Amy

      I am working to be in a place where I crave that time! Your post encouraged me :) thank you

  • Monica Yoder

    I just love this…we will fight but not fight alone his word is living and active and it fights for us.
    It can’t get better than that great way to start the day and to remember throughout the day!!! You are never ever alone!!!

  • I love that God’s word and everything about God is f l a w l e s s

  • I feel so protected.

  • Mary Elizabeth

    I love how in the passage from Psalm the writer begins by depicting how he is struggling in his life. But, he goes on to write how God is strengthening Him and teaching Him, amidst his struggles. This really spoke to me and reminded me of how important it is to meditate in God’s Word and be rooted in Scripture, especially when we are struggling! Such an encouraging message. I have already been so blessed by this Bible study. Thanks so much to you at SheReadsTruth! :)

  • Recently God has been talking to me about meditating more in the word. When thinking about it, I am part of this kind of flick-through-skim-read generation. We read twitter in an instant, facebook updates, the news in small chunks, and often the information doesn’t stick in my brain for much longer than a few minutes. I treated reading the bible in a similar way, yet God through his word is telling me, “you know my word is not just for a Fleeting moment, right? You know it’s steadfast, everlasting and really good for you?” I’m excited to spend more time in the word, listening and chewing what is being said! I am so thankful for the Bible, for God’s providence and that he is indeed alive, active and on the move!!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      This really spoke to my heart today, Ruth! Thank you so much for sharing! I love that God is pointing you to meditating on Him! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Kristina

      Love this!!! Thanks Ruth!

  • I have a bit of a silly question…but… I have been a proclaimed christian for several years, however, lately I have been using this app to get into the word. I am looking for clarification on the word HOPE…

    What is the definition of Hope?

    I thought I knew, but my understanding just doesn’t fit into any of this.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Lauren-there are no silly questions here! Yours is beautiful, and I think you\’re absolutely right in your understanding of hope-our understanding just doesn\’t fit into any of it! :) I think it would be incredible for you to ask God what hope is and for Him to show you firsthand! Keep us updated! We love having you here.

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Lindsay Gladu

      Hope is Jesus Christ living within you. It’s not a tangible, every day warm feeling. It shows up in the dead of night in the bleakest of circumstances. It’s in God’s living and breathing Word where you will find the answers you’re looking for through Christ. Come closer to God and He will come closer to you. He wants to give you Hope. Praise The Lord that you are here asking questions.

  • Beth Starkey

    It IS! His Word is living and active. This was refreshing to my soul this morning.

  • I like how this devotion specifies that God’s word is living and active. God fights for us and it is not a duty for us to put on His armor but a privilege. Sometimes I get so tired of trying to do right and defend myself against sin or the enemy when God is already fighting for me, helping me. We need to so our part AND we need to trust Him.

    • Michaela

      Thank you, Betsie. It’s so comforting to know that God is fighting for us, helping us. I have been feeling really defeated lately. I like how you said it is a privilege to put on His armor. I need to view it that way every day!!

      • Betsie

        Ex 14:14 says be still & know that I am God! When we are weak he is strong…Dont give up now :) Keep pushing through the storm because you are VICTORIOUS through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.13!)

  • “It’s not mere Christian duty. It’s our privilege.” This is so in line with what I was thinking about this Psalm today–I find myself so often glad to be under a new covenant (esp when I read the Old Testament) bc the laws of the old covenant seem so oppressive. And yet, here David delights in them. He finds comfort in them. And it struck me last night–of course God wasn’t oppressing his people! His laws–however specific and labor-intensive and complicated–they brought FREEDOM! Just as his son did. Our duties before God, as you put it, bring us freedom–and freedom to others, too! So many, many times in the history of Israel/Judah, God told his people he’d lessen their punishment for evil or give them mercy for sin, “because of my servant David”–hundreds of years later. Our diligence to our duties stores up grace for future generations, indefinitely. How much bigger now that duty seems, and yet it brings with it such freedom!

    • Betsie

      It is so cool to see how duty and obedience is what brings freedom :)

      • SheReadsTruth

        Betsie, I am so thankful God created it that way! How amazing it is to realize following Him can make us the most free :) Love to you!

        xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Diana Anunda

      Amen!!!

  • LaurenC_

    I have learned that I need to read God's word just like I need to pray. I am a weak, sinful human being in need of a savior. Left to my own devices, or even if I substitute the Bible with positive-thinking or inspirational quotes/blogs/books, I will eventually be dragged back down by my sin. I've learned that reading the Bible is much more than just reading; it's an experience. And prayer is more than just quiet time, it's two-way communication. Both allow me to connect with my savior, to actively participate in my relationship with him. I can learn and feel good by reading inspirational materials but to fully participate in my relationship with the Lord, I have to experience scripture for myself and not just read what other people say about scripture or read what they may write after reading scripture themselves. That is one of the best things about SRT. I start with the chosen verses before reading the devotion. Many times I get an "ah-ha" moment from the devotion but I always, always, have a complete experience with the scripture – emotionally, intellectually, even physically. Then I come to the comments and see how other readers have also experienced our Lord through the scripture. We are so blessed here. God is present here. His word is truly living and active!

  • I'm really digging The Message. In today's reading of Psalm 119

    What you say goes, God,
    and stays, as permanent as the heavens.
    "Your truth never goes out of fashion;
    it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up".
    Your Word and truth are dependable as ever;
    that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going.
    If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so,
    I would have given up when the hard times came.
    But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me;
    you saved my life with those wise words.
    Save me! I’m all yours.

    …. as up to date as the earth… wow. we think of the earth as old and wasting away…. Not the latest version of itself! That gives a fresh perspective on Lamentations 3:23 New Mercy, every morning.

    Ephesians 6: 11
    This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish….

    Indeed, this isn't a one time thing. Christ's work, yes. Finished. But we aren't perfected yet. Be are being perfected, every day, the latest version of ourself.

    Proverbs 30:5

    The believer replied, “Every promise of God proves true;
    he protects everyone who runs to him for help.
    So don’t second-guess him;

    Every Promise, for Everyone! Such hope in God's word today.

  • Angela, thank you :)

  • "I realize that everything has its limits, but your commands are beyond full comprehension." Ps. 119:96
    This verse really stood out to me. This is why we continue to study the Bible because the truth of the Lord stretches beyond comprehension; it stretches over all the earth.

  • Praying for Veronica.

  • This bible study comes at such a perfect time for me. One of my dearest friends was just diagnosed with 2 brain tumors, one of which will be operated on this Monday, the 3rd. She is a woman who knows the Lord, but her knowledge of the bible is not as great, and so I have been daily texting scriptures of praise, encouragement and strength. Through this study, I am truly understanding the power of these verses — they are the very breath of God, active and warm, straight from His mouth! (Thank you Misce for the link yesterday ). What power this gives us, as we raise up His Holy name AND His Holy Word. He is our faithful companion, our healer, our giver of strength. He is the Great I Am!

    So moved, and truly blessed. Ladies, please hold my friend Veronica up in prayer, especially this Monday. "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Your will be done….

  • Elisabeth Price

    Praise The Lord that God fights for us through his word. I am reminded how often we fail each other as humans, but The Lord will never fail to be for us. What a promise!! Just some doodling I wanted to share. From Exodus 14:14, The Lord will fight for us, you need only be still.

    http://instagram.com/p/k-W9IUFTnY/

  • Anyone have any suggestions on how to memorize bible verses?

    • Paulacw

      Write it out on a notecard to keep with you all day. Read it aloud three times. Keep coming back to read it. I helped my children learn AWANA verses by reading each verse three times each day until next club time.

  • Wow! I've been praying for a revival in my school, and like EssieJean, I've been starting to get into this mode of defending the word instead of letting the Holy Spirit work in and through me as well. It is so wonderfully life changing to know that even though Satan's work is not yet harmless in our lives, the Lord and His Word are more than enough to completely guard and protect me against his work. Lord, help me to see where Satan is trying to distract or hinder me in my walk with you. I pray that all of us would see your word as the wellspring of life; I pray that as we seek you, your word would make us wiser than our enemy, like David (Psalm 119:98). I'm going to try to start memorizing one verse a month too! Ephesians 6:10-13. :)

  • EssieJean

    Wow. So much meat to chew on today!
    I have always struggled with feeling that I must be a defender of the Word, or of Christianity in general, so your words about the Bible helping us stand firm instead of us trying t do so for it spoke so powerfully in my life!
    Also, as I was reading in Hebrews, I found myself hungrily "reading ahead" I got to Hebrews 5:4 before I even realized that I had read ahead. There is so much beauty to be found in Hebrews. Though it isn't directly related to our study today, I'd highly recommend reading 4:14-5:4 as well, sisters. It discusses Christ's role as our great high priest, and is truly encouraging and uplifting!

  • It is all about Him. Christ who came to die for us; to pay the price.

    I pray my eyes see God’s love for me. That I can begin to grasp how wide, deep, high and long His love is. Right now I’m a reading a great book on the Kindle app. Title is Dancing In The Arms of God by Connie Neal. Got it for free at http://spiritfilledkindle.com. The website offers free and discount Christian books for the Kindle and Kindle app.

  • I am still in awe of how God just used today's devotion :)

    First thing this morning, my husband and I had a HEATED discussion about our (differing) views on God's Word. It was bad. He tried to hug me afterwards, but I was still in too much pain over words that stung my heart, I refused him. I felt hopeless about our marriage with such different views on God's Word. So I did what I often do, I cried out "God, encourage me!" And a few minutes later when I logged in to my Facebook, the very first thing in my feed was She Reads Truth's post about today's devo and this quote that jumped off the screen at me:

    The Bible does not need us to defend it. We need the Bible to help us stand firm in Christ.

    I couldn't believe it! THAT was what God led me to after an argument with my husband where we quoted Scripture back and forth to support our views.

    See, recently, I acknowledged some ugly sin to God and asked His forgiveness. I told Him I want to (re) commit my marriage to Him. I want my marriage to bring honor to Him. And ever since I made that declaration, I have felt major attack from the enemy. I truly believe the thought of a strong, healthy marriage that points to Christ TERRIFIES him. So when I read the devotion and the reminder in Ephesians about putting on our armor, I realized that the enemy MUST be attacking me so hard because he knows the impact of a godly marriage.

    Well guess what? This only makes me more determined to be the kind of wife God wants me to be. I won't give up. I will love and encourage my husband even when it is hard because I believe there is MUCH more at stake than I realize.

    • AnnaLee

      I'm so happy for you, Amy! I also came to the conclusion that Satan has been attacking pretty strongly lately, due to the realization that I've been under a LOT of fear and condemnation since getting out of ugly sin with my ex. Since realizing that timidness is not of God and NEEDS to be done away with in me once and for all (2 Tim 1:7), and having it affirmed in me that Christ wants me to be an integral part of a growing youth group, Satan has been doing everything he can to distract me from God's word and to pull me back into condemnation. Don't have any of it, sister! See Satan's lies and reply to them with the sound truth of God's word! I'm praying that you'd be given sound discernment and boldness to denounce where Satan is harming you in your marriage. May God bless you and may His word protect and uphold your marriage!

    • iamMrsL

      Hi! Just wanted to say hi to encourage for you….. will say a prayer for you.

      In my short 3 years of marriage I have learned many times that marriage is REALLY dear to God's heart, and He comes so close to us when we feel hurt by it and He is ALWAYS faithful to help us work through and be healed by His love.

      Wanting to recommit your marriage back to God is amazing and brilliant – go in HIS STRENGTH to keep on loving.

      Lots of love xo

    • Rachel Nordgren

      Amy, I am applauding you on! I totally agree with you…I think godly marriages are one of the top things on satan's hate list. Marriage is a reflection of the Trinity, and as such, satan will do anything he can to destroy marriages. ESPECIALLY if you're purposefully committing your relationship to Christ!

      "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your pure and respectful conduct." – 1 Peter 3:1-2

      Amy, I am praying that your husband would be won over by the example of Christ in his wife. Be blessed, friend!

  • hazelmaddie

    Thanks for the encouragement to memorize scripture. I forget how we are in a constant battle (but I feel it!) and need God’s word to fight. I’m in a rough place right now, and I need to see the attacks and use God’s word.

    I love Proverbs 30:5. So true in my life right now, God is my refuge!

    • AnnaLee

      Praying for you, sis! The encouragement and reminder to memorize scripture and hide it deep within my heart really resonated with me too, because I haven't been putting on the full armor of God, and Satan has been beating up on me big time because of it. I pray that the both of us- that all of us, really– would seek to memorize the scripture that we so heavily stake our lives upon. I pray it would change us and our perception; I pray that it would equip us with power over the evil one and whatever he's trying to work in this world.

  • kmaberna

    Wow! I love this. I'm kind of new to reading the Bible often, even though I've gone to church for many years. One of the things I try to do is ask three questions: "What does this text say about God?" "What instruction does this text give?" "How can I apply these two things to my life?" I am so grateful for the SRT community for providing a reading plan and a way to experience God's word with a community of sisters! Keep that sword sharp, ladies!

    • AnnaLee

      I ask myself the very same questions as I study! It's taken my focus off myself (only going to it to answer my problems, or to give me 'a sign') and put it more on who God is and what He desires from me, from all of his followers. It's completely changed the way I view God and it's made my life more of Him and less of me. Praise God for this!

  • Everytime I read the passage about putting in the full armor of God – it leaves me feeling like a warrior princess for Christ!
    Scripture memorization is something I am trying to focus on this year. I admit I have not been very good about it since coming to Christ. But am now seeing the value and importance in it.

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  • Wow I was thinking about this exact thing yesterday!! It is of the utmost importance to memorize scripture, and I realize that while I can kind of quote lots of different verses…I really need to firm them up! Stephanie I think you made a great point to set a goal to memorize 10 scriptures last year..I think I am going to do the same! Because you are exactly right, when the word of God is engrained in your brain it is ready when you need to fight. Diana thank you for this truth today. “Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” proverbs 30:5…he will never let us down!! Walk in that truth today!

  • Carolynmimi

    Lord, your word is everlasting; it continues forever in heaven. (Psalms 119:89 NCV)

    It occurred to me this morning that God doesn't really need me…but He chose me. He doesn't need me to defend his Word, His Ways…He wants to protect me and He has given me all I need to stand firm, Living Faith, Living Hope, Living Love and THE Living Word in order to LIVE Abundantly and to Help Others find the THINGS that really LAST.

    It is not about me…IT is all about Christ.

  • Stephanie

    Amen & Amen to this morning’s devotion!! This scripture stood out to me in Psalms 119: “103 How sweet are your words to my taste,sweeter than honey to my mouth!

    The Word of God tastes so good. Granted, there are times when I’m screaming “Ouch!!” after reading a particular verse but Godly correction comes with growing pains.

    Last year,I challenged myself to memorize 10 scriptures, I went above that number and learned 13. When I’m in a bind or facing a challenge these scriptures appear in my mind like second nature. It is my armor, protection, and best weapon for fighting against the enemy. This is why we are encouraged to “hide the Word in our hearts…”

    Ephesians 6:10-17 & 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6 go hand in hand. The enemy would love for us to believe that our battle is with people in the natural but it is against every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We must put on the full, entire, complete, and whole armor of God not just the pieces that are most comfortable for us (I’m sweeping at my own doorstep with that one). We can’t leave any part unguarded or exposed. Sisters, I pray that we stay alert, mindful, and guarded completely against the tricks of the enemy by piling loads of tasty and evil spirit slaying scripture on our plates.

    • Candacejo

      Wonderful! I used to memorize scripture but have not done so well lately. I like your challenges, I think I can do that! One a month should be a good start. You are right, they never leave you!

      • Stephanie

        Yes once a month is great, that way you have the whole month to commit it to memory. Oooh wait until you get back in the swing of things, you’ll be up to 2-3 scriptures a month! Happy memorizing! Please keep me updated on your progress. Blessings!

    • Holly

      This verse totally stuck out to me too!! What a sweet reminder of how good God's word is!! Also, I have felt convicted myself to start memorizing scripture as it is the only true sword that destroys and holds its own in battle. One of my favorites to fight with is Psalm 73:25-26. Another verse that stuck out today was Proverbs 30:5, this is going to be the one I focus on this week!! I like the idea of starting by trying to memorize 10 and then by God's grace and help hopefully committing more to memory as well!! Wishing everyone a blessed weekend to come and can't wait to see what truths the Lord has in store for tomorrow!! God Bless!

  • Candacejo

    I hope in Your Word! When everything around me is falling, failing, crumbling to the ground, I stake my life on Your Word! It will never fail us, it never changes and the Word of God is POWER!

    We are blessed today to have His Word in such abundance. I heard a minister talking of a video, that I haven't seen, on social media of some precious people in China receiving their first Bibles. When they open the box they stand there in awe at seeing so many at one time. They have never been allowed to own one, some maybe have never even seen one! Then they are handed their very first Bible…they SMELL it, they KISS it, they HOLD IT CLOSE as it were a newborn baby. All before even taking it out of the plastic!

    I pray that I would have that kind of respect, reverence and LOVE for the Word of God. The Words of God spoken directly to us. ♥

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Candace! Let us see the Word of God with just as much precious reverence and awe as our brothers and sisters who don't have one. Lord, instill in me this much awe and love for your every word.

    • tina

      AMEN, Candace…..AMEN….Blessings…x

    • Brendasan01

      I saw that video and it will bring you to tears. We take it for granted that we have our bible or BIBLES every day and they rejoice when they have their first one. Oh, that I can have the joy and reverence they have for God's holy word! His word is so precious and I pray that I never take it for granted but instead hide it in my heart that I may not sin against Him.

      Bless you Candace!

  • JessicaLoves___

    What timely words! I will be part of an informal panel at a women's retreat I'm participating in this weekend, and one of the questions is about when I feel most connected to God. I know instinctively that it's when I'm in his word. As a writer myself (at heart, but no longer by profession), God's written words speak to me. But this devo sent me to the verses that so clearly explain why.
    Hebrews 4:12-13 reminds me that the word is living and active, that it pierces my soul and spirit and helps me see my heart — my thoughts and intentions — for what they really are. Through the word, the Lord communicates to me that he gets me, he knows everything about me and I can't hide from who I am. I can either be slayed by it, or changed by it. And his word also reminds me in Proverbs that he is a shield, and that all of his words are true. What confidence we can have in him and his true word! THAT is why I feel most connected to him when I'm in his word. Because I can trust it and trust him, in light of his trustworthy words. Praise God!

    • AnnaLee

      "I can either be slayed by it, or changed by it." Amen Jessica, amen! As a fellow writer (and ambitious reader), I understand what you said about how profound words– and more than any, God's words– can be to me at any time in my life. Whenever I'm convicted, I am so tempted to be sucked into condemnation and hopelessness- but that's not what God wants! He wants repentance and a full 180 back to Him, a humble and contrite heart, so that he can lift up my face and be close to me once again! I'm so glad that the Lord's word, although it cuts through to the very core of our hearts, does not do so to harm us, but to change us into even more beautiful and Christ-seeking people.

  • The bible is such a vital part of our lives and it's living words breathed into us is so refreshing. My 40's have brought me yet to another level with my walk with Christ. I'm so thankful for "She Reads Truth" and many other ministries that are obedient to Gods call to be a light to the world. God Bless You All ❤️

  • “Putting on the full armor of God is more than belief. It includes studying God’s Word, letting the Holy Spirit guide our hearts and minds as we read it, and being in prayer about having our hearts and lives changed through it. The Bible is meant to actively change us, actively change our world, and prepare us for the resistance we will meet in this Christian life.” And we have to read it and study it. Even better is to study the Bible together, to share the experiences and insights of others. How encouraged am I by people’s stories of faith and even of failure. God is faihful even when we fail. When we confess, He forgives. Bible study is such a blessing.

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Melanie. Just sitting with the Lord and wanting to spend time with Him through his word has shown me so much about who God is, what he truly wants from us as his followers, and what he wants for this entire earth– and what beautiful things all of those are! Whether in group study or alone, studying God's word refines us, convicts us, strengthens us, and counsels us with all of the things we'd ever need to know to live fully and abundantly with Him. Praise God for the ability to bible study here!

  • While reading the Psalm verses this morning it felt as if I was overtaken by them and they became my cry to God this morning. "Every word of God is true, he is a shield to those who take refuge i him." I can relate to so many of David's sins and his cries for forgiveness. My prayer today is taken from one of my favorite songs:
    "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior"
    Amen.
    If you have never heard the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoZE2RsthRg

    • Carolynmimi

      Beautiful!

    • Stephanie

      Woooooah!! Sis,thank you so much for sharing this! Listeners beware, this will bring you straight into the Presence of The King and directly to His throne. I recommend having a box of tissues nearby.
      “And I will call upon Your name. Keep my eyes above the waves. My soul will rest in Your embrace. I am Yours, and You are mine.” So powerful.

    • tina

      Shelia, isn't it the most beautiful song…..ever….amazing and such beautiful words…bless you sis for sharing…Blessings.x

  • Joanne Sher

    The Bible as a sword is such a powerful image. Defending us – and cutting into us. Oh how we need both!

    This psalm is one of my favorites, yet I never noticed how frustrated the psalmist was in the first section we read today until just now. And it is incredibly comforting to me that the same person who praised God and His Word in over a hundred other verses could be so downhearted here. Though he slay me, I will hold onto His promises. Thank You!

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Joanne! David's honesty has always been so encouraging to me. To know that such a man of valor and prestige also had times of desperation, frustration, and heartache yet reached out to God in that takes away the notion of being perfect and substitutes it with having a real, seeking, genuine, broken/desperate heart for God.

  • This post could not have come at a better time. I am currently facing some opposition to the faith from some of my colleagues, and I have been feeling weak in my ability to defend what I know is true. However, what a lovely reminder it is to know that all I can do is pray that God would use me as a vessel to spread his word–that I am not perfect, but His Word is, and if I am willing to let it, it will shine through the cracks in me. Let us all continue to allow The Lord to take control in our lives, instead of trying to figure it out on our own.

    We don't defend the Bible, it defends our souls.

    Lord, help my imperfection in describing your grace and mercy!! I pray that you would continue to soften hearts and open minds to your word so that many more can be saved. Amen!

    • Edra

      Ii prat that God will use you today to be a light in the darkness, and that your colleagues will see this light by the example you set for them.

    • AnnaLee

      Yes! "We don't defend the bible, it defends our souls." In this day and age, it can feel really hard to stand up for Christ, but we need to remember that ultimately, that fight against darkness is not ours to win, and we cannot ever do it in our own strength– Christ already did, and He is sovereign. All we can do is continually abide in Christ and let his word guard and defend us. So amazing. So good.

  • Amen, Amen, AMEN!!! I know that I struggle to live a Christian life, but today's readings and devotion turned on the light bulb again that I must change my ways. I long to be like David, one who follows all of God's laws and His Word, someone who feels strong in their faith no matter what the season. This is what I needed today! "For the word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE" !!!!!! (Hebrews 5:12) It is alive, and it will help bring me life.

    I need to start doing my quiet time first thing in the morning again, this is an awesome way to start my day!!! Happy Friday ladies! <3

    • Stephanie

      That morning quiet time is life changing! I too am putting a strong effort into carving out atleast an hour devoted solely to God before I do anything else in the morning. The day just goes so much smoother.

    • Rachel Nordgren

      Starting the day with the Lord is the best. It takes a little bit of discipline, but it is so worth it!

      • Nadine

        Exactly! I started a while ago reading and studying the Bible in the morning. It motivates me to go through my day with the Lord which is better than anything else! ♡

    • tina

      Meg, hello….I agree with Rachael, starting the day with the Lord…is the best way to start the day…..handing over the day, your life your all….just makes the day special…..Blessings sister…x x x

    • Brendasan01

      I need to start my day like this too. We are going through a lot of changes in our home and it will be good to start my day out with The Lord to guide me. Blessings to you Meg!

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