If you haven’t seen the movie ‘The Book of Eli’ I highly recommend it. I haven’t seen it come to the dollar show, but if I do, I will go see it again. I went with some good friends, and it was completely awesome! It blew me away about holding onto God’s Word. It drove me to get into His Word at any cost at any time. I almost always have a bible with me, I have one in my car, even on my counter at home, and let’s not forget the awesome resource of Biblegateway.com but not only that, I carry it in my heart. I put a big emphasis in our life groups about memorizing The Word. We have a scripture basket that if you memorize the scripture of the week, your name goes in a drawing, and you can win (because you earned it) some goodie, soap, highlighters, hair ties, books, stuff that girls like. It might not seem like much but 1 scripture a week, that’s 52 in a year! 52 ways to show you that God loves YOU!!! WOW!
I’m a self-professed Paul-aholic. I love the books written by God through Paul. His lessons are amazing, His Word is true. I was thinking about encouragement, I was thinking about how many times when I am struggling with something, I’ll pick a book, and read it, and it so speaks to my heart. It guides me when I’m walking in the dark and even in small ways I can’t seem to find my way. And never ask a lost person for directions, find someone who knows how to find the map!! Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
I was looking up something and found myself here. WOW! What is God teaching me? I could go on and on.
*Be self controlled
1 thes 5:16 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
His Word is life. It brings life to me, and to those who follow Him, it even brings life to those who don’t know Him, one well-spring at a time.
1 Thessalonians 5
1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil.
23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
25Brothers, pray for us. 26Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you