Step 2: Read, Read, Read.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” — John 17:17
This important passage is taken from a prayer that Jesus is praying to the Father. He is asking Him to keep His disciples safe; to protect from the world and the attacks of the devil. What I love about this passage is the fact that Jesus is teaching me that the only way I can be sanctified and protected is through reading God’s Word and keeping it in my heart. His Word purifies and sanctifies me. Every time I lose my way or stray from God, I can guarantee it has something to do with not reading His Word. I start doing other things that I think are important and before you know I am not reading the Word. And it always takes trials and adversities to bring me back. But the truth I should have never departed from the Word of God and His promises!
I love to read but I was reading all the wrong things or I was watching TV to get my news everyday. I am a news junkie and once I get started I can’t stop. But this was only depressing me. That and the fact that I was not eating or sleeping well, which I will touch upon as well later. Now I have limited my news time to just a few minutes a day and I start and end my day reading God’s Word along with inspirational books. It makes a huge difference!
Here are a list of a few authors who have inspired me through the years, along with God’s Word: Philip Yancey, Henri Nouwen, Randy Alcorn, Ellen White, Norman Vincent Peale, and James Allen.
I have been reading a couple of intellectual books because I enjoy keeping my mind sharp but they don’t take the majority of time. I have several books on Creationism and worldviews and the only subscriptions I have are to Creationist Journals like: Journal of Creation, Answers in Genesis, and Creation. All of these are scientific literal six-day creationists and they help me to remember that I serve a Creator God. If you are Christian and your not starting and ending your day with God’s Word, then before you know you will give in here and compromise there, and finally fall. If no other reason do it to maintain a uplifting spirit.
“Father, forgive me for not reading Your Word on a daily basis like I should have. Now that I am, sanctify me through it and may it keep me pure. Use me to help others learn about it as well. In Your name. Amen.”