The Blessings of Reading the Bible #11

Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord, always, again I say, rejoice”. Philippians 2:14 says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing”. Those verses are commands, not just good suggestions, but very few people keep them or even try.

In our culture most people grumble and complain just about everything, it is the basis and content of most discussions. If a person can be super positive and rejoice all the time and never complain, grumble or be negative about anything they will be very attractive, and everyone will notice them. To maintain that discipline of speaking and acting will be very difficult in light of everyone around us.

A very positive blessing that comes from faithfully reading the Bible, God’s Word, is that we will become more and more this kind of person. Being a person who rejoices always and never grumbles is more than a discipline, though it starts there, it is a character quality that we have become on the inside, that is who we are, that is how we think, and that is what we feel.

The molding and shaping of our soul, and becoming a genuine positive person is a process that takes some time as we follow the training regimen that is required to become this kind of person. A key discipline in the training is reading the Bible faithfully, and memorizing and meditating on the truths in it. The power of the living, active and supernatural Word of God moves and shapes us on the inside gradually, and it isn’t that long of a time until we begin to notice this change in our heart. It is so much more enjoyable being a positive person instead of a negative and critical person.

Psalms 119:7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.

Psalms 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.

Psalms 119:62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You Because of Your righteous ordinances.

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