through His Word
A Guest Post by Connie Wohlford
Katy here. I have another wonderful post to share with you about the value of God’s Word. This one comes from a dear friend, Connie Wohlford, whom I met at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She writes Bible studies and children’s books, and today she talks about what Bible study means to her.
Just a few days ago my fifteen year old grandson, Michael, asked, “Granny, how can someone really know for sure that they’re saved?”
That’s a heavy-duty question for this young man to come up with, but I was glad he did. I told him his question was very common and that I had wondered that myself in years past. I went on to tell him that the best way to be confident that we’re saved is to read and study our Bibles.
In Scripture we can get to know God better—learn about His character and His unfailing love. Also, there are many Scripture verses which express our eternal security. It’s truly life-changing to have this assurance about our destiny when we take our last breath.
Jesus said, “My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is about to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29 NKJV).
Paul wrote, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV).
In addition to Scripture we have the Holy Spirit Himself, who resides in every believer, bearing witness to our own spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
I encouraged Michael to spend time getting to know his Heavenly Father better by digging into God’s Word and see if it will help him have more confidence in his Savior and the salvation he has received.
Hearing from God
Another question I’ve been asked deals with hearing from God. People say, “Why have I never heard God speak to me? People talk about hearing from God, but He’s never said anything to me.”
My response: “Do you read and study your Bible?”
As best I recall, every time they answer, “No,” or “Not much.”
One of the most valuable things I’ve learned through in-depth Bible study is that through His Word, God speaks to me personally and specifically. I’m often amazed—not surprised—but amazed—when I’m reading or studying a passage of Scripture and it applies directly to something going on in my life at that moment.
An example that comes to mind is when I bought a dress from a friend. We agreed on a price and she handed over the dress and said, “You can give me the money whenever—no rush.”
Two or three weeks went by and one morning, while studying in Proverbs God spoke to me and said, “You need to give Dianne the money for the dress.”
I didn’t hear an audible voice, but the Holy Spirit spoke very clearly to my spirit. I knew, without doubting, that God was speaking to me.
“What was the passage?” you might ask. Here it is: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand” (Proverbs 3:27 NKJV).
When I read this I instantly knew I needed to pay that debt sooner rather than later. I had the money but a convenient time had simply not arisen. The situation could have dragged on for weeks but I was not to let that happen. I gave Dianne her money within a couple days and told her how the Lord had spoken to me about it. She got her money and was blessed by my testimony regarding the situation.
This was a very simple situation regarding a relatively insignificant matter but it was a great experience for me. It occurred many years ago and was one of the first occasions when God spoke clearly and directly through His Word to me concerning a specific matter in my life. I’ll never forget it.
He has spoken to me many times through His Word about life-changing matters as well as simple day to day issues.
Our Creator knows each of us better than we know ourselves and He knows what’s best—what we should say and do and where we should go. Possibly His favorite method of talking to us is through His Word. I’ve learned this by experience. If this has not been your experience, I highly recommend you give it a try. I believe you’ll be blessed, surprised, and thrilled by the mysteries revealed, directions laid out, and encouragement given by our omniscient Heavenly Father through His own words to you.
Knowing the Father and Knowing Ourselves
A third way Bible study has changed my life is that it has helped me overcome insecurity. The belief that I was inferior to everyone around me plagued me much of my life. But there was something about getting to know my Heavenly Father and Jesus, my Savior, through His Word that lifted me out of the fear, discouragements, and other negatives characteristic of being insecure.
To anyone who wants to be the best they can be and live the abundant life God desires for each of us, I say, “Get into Bible study! Get to know your Creator well. Taste and see that the Lord is oh so good.”
© Copyright 2017 by Connie Wohlford
Connie Wohlford has been a Bible teacher and ministry leader in her church for many years. One of her great passions is to see individuals deepen their intimacy with God and develop a Biblical worldview.
Having a BS degree in education, Connie taught in public school for 17 years. She has taken numerous Biblical studies classes and has written several Bible studies, as well as curriculum for adults and children.
Connie self-published five Christian children’s books, has published several articles, edits for ministry publications and enjoys speaking for civic and church meetings and events. She and husband, Guy, make their home in the mountains of Virginia.
Connect with Connie:
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/wohlford_connie
Connie’s Blog: http://godswordourdestiny.blogspot.com/
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