This week I pulled out my Experiencing God workbook. As I read through it, I remembered how much I loved that study and how significantly God used it in my life. Some studies are like that. They are game changers. I thought to myself, I need to do this one again! I need God to do stuff again! So I started looking around to see of there was an updated version. Not.
Then, on the way to Bible study yesterday morning (we are studying The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7), God spoke to my heart, you are studying one of the most convicting passages of Scripture. If you let Me, I will use it to accomplish my work in your heart and life; it can be a game changer!
It’s not a particular Bible study that I am in, although I believe He directs me to the one He wants me to study. It’s my pliability in the Master’s hands.
My heart — humble before Him.
My will — yielded to His.
I realized that I was looking to recapture a moment in time. But that’s not the way God works.
He doesn’t repeat the past. He creates newness!
God doesn't repeat the past. He creates newness!
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”(Isaiah 43:19)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The attitude of my heart and my will in response to the Holy Spirit’s conviction determines how effective a Bible study is in my life. When I am pliable in the Lord’s hands, He speaks truth to my heart through His Word. I will hear it and respond in obedience. You know what, that is a game changer!