How do you look at this New Year?

With resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, save more money, buy less, finish some undone projects or read through the Bible in a year?  These are all good things but are they the BEST things?

As December 31st, 2017 rolls around, how do you want to have changed?  Who do you want to be twelve months from now?

In a recent message at my church, pastor spoke using an old word I had never even heard but I have heard of the concept as I’m sure you have as well.  The word is bibline.  It isn’t even in the dictionary anymore.

Pastor Mickey Connolly shared his summary statement about what it means to be bibline: “To be a people that love, treasure, read, and live by the Holy Scriptures.” It means to be Bible saturated.

That begs the question – do I love, treasure, read and live by the Holy Scriptures?  It’s not just that I love and treasure the Word of God. It’s not just that I read the Bible. But do I live by the Holy Scriptures?

I believe that genuinely loving and treasuring the Word of God will lead us to read the Bible.  However, we can read the Bible without actually living by the Bible. How does Scripture inform our choices, decisions, attitudes and actions?

If I INTENTIONALLY bring my attitudes, thoughts, beliefs and responses into agreement with the Holy Scriptures, I actually change. If I am a person that loves, treasures, reads, and lives by the Holy Scriptures I can’t help but to be changed.

For me, that is a great pursuit for 2017 – not a resolution, but an active, fervent, delightful pursuit.

Blessings, Diane

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