A life with God, while not without its trials, is a life of deep joy that comes from trusting in Him. It’s not just our spiritual life God is interested in, but anything that has to do with our well-being. God desires for us to find in Him our total wellness, creativity, growth and freedom.
God has created the universe based on cause and effect. Simply put, we reap what we sow. Years of poor decision-making will always result in painful consequences regardless of our personal preferences. We can no more escape these results than we can ignore the law of gravity.
By the same token, the universal character laws of love, forgiveness, acceptance, self-discipline and sharing are unchangeable because they too come from God. The more we learn to live a life in accordance with His laws, the more we will have meaningful and lasting success.
“If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.” – John 13:17
Many people don’t pay attention to things like health or relationships until something goes wrong. Tragically, all the money in the world can’t always restore it. It is so much better to be proactive by learning from our owner’s manual, the Bible, how we were designed to function at our best.
But with all of the modern scientific research available today, why should we study the Bible? Perhaps we are drowning in information and thirsting for deep insight. Even with thousands of contemporary books available on practically any subject, we still seek knowledge that goes beyond a “this just in” product line. We want to combine the latest medical findings with the wisdom of the ages. Here’s where CREATION Life can help:
- Living a healthy life helps to lessen the suffering in this world — suffering from broken trust and wounded relationships, addictions and unhealthy habits of sleep, eating and activity.
- CREATION Life brings clarity of mind, which allows us to think and love better.
- CREATION Life reminds us of the Creator’s power to re-create His image in us no matter where we are now.
- CREATION Life gives lasting wisdom.
The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). Just knowing about something isn’t enough, though. There’s probably not one cigarette smoker who isn’t aware that smoking is harmful. But unless you choose to use your knowledge to make changes in your day-to-day life, all the information you have is useless. Jesus’ ministry clearly demonstrates His concern for the whole person through teaching (mental), preaching (spiritual), healing (physical), all done “among the people” (social).
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” – Matthew 4:23
How to Get the Most Out of Your Bible Study
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
Here are some suggestions for Bible study that millions of people have used with excellent success.
1. Open with prayer
“Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” – Psalm 119:18
2. Study for yourself
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth.” – Psalm 86:11
3. Read regularly
“They received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:11
4. Be teachable. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance
“The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.” – Psalm 25:9
5. Take time to consider each concept and memorize a few
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” – Psalm 119:11
6. Seek truth behind all truth
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” – John 5:39
7. Apply to your life
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My saying and does them, I will show you whom He is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.” – Luke 6:46-48
Our compassionate God leads us into truth at a pace we’re able to bear.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” – John 16:12
Take time this year to stay connected with God daily through His word and always look for ways to put what you are learning into action. No matter your age or current situation, life with God can take you places you’ve never even imagined.