13Sep

Have you even opened The Book?

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Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. ~ Matthew 24: 35


by Toni Birdsong
There’s no getting around it this time.
It’s time to open the book.

Stop pacing. Stop pondering. And (please), stop talking so much.
Sit down. Hush up.
It’s time to open the book.

Not on Sunday or someday—but on this day.

Before you pick up the phone, it’s time to take your dilemma and heartbreak to the throne.

Before you turn on Oprah, ask Dr. Oz, or get an Osteen fix . . .
It’s time to open the book.

No one’s going to do it for you. You can wait at the station all day. But that’s one train that’s not coming.This time it’s personal.
It’s time to open the book.

No one’s keeping secrets from you. It’s all right there. In the book.

Why forfeit another minute being confused, angry, worried, and anxious about every little thing?
God hasn’t left you in the dark about anything.
You simply have yet to turn on the light.

So let’s ditch the rumors and find out who God is, how He moves, what He thinks, and why He created you in the first place.
It’s time to open the book.

The book is your Creator’s love letter to you—a roadmap, a bill of rights, a floodlight, fire escape, and the pre-purchased ticket for your safe passage back home.

And all those questions you have? They’re all answered—in the book. Take a look:

  • How do I make this tough decision? Read Psalm 139
  • How do I let go of this grudge? Read Mark 11:25-26
  • I’m anxious about my test results. Read Isaiah 26:3
  • How do I control my mean spirit? Read James 3:1-12
  • How do I deal with all this unfairness? Read Colossians 3:12-17

It’s time to open the book.

  • I’m afraid. Read Psalm 23
  • I really want revenge. Read Romans 12:17-21, 1 Samuel 17:47
  • Can my marriage be saved? Read Matthew 19:26, James 5:16
  • I feel lonely, excluded, abandoned. Read Psalm 139
  • I’m broken, can I really be fixed? Romans 8:11

It’s time to open the book.

  • How can I control my thoughts? Read 2 Cor. 10:5
  • Will God really forgive that? Read 1 John 1:9
  • What do I do with this incredible burden? Read Matthew 11:25-30
  • What’s with all the mean people? Read Romans 5: 3-5, John 16:33
  • How do I manage this pressure? Read Psalm 90
  • How do I cope with financial problems? Read Psalm 37

It’s time to open the book.

  • Will I ever feel ‘good enough?’ Read Romans 8:31-9
  • Where do I get wisdom? Read James 1:5
  • How do I get more faith? Read Mark 9:23-24
  • I’m terrified to do this! Read Joshua 1
  • I lack love and compassion. Read I Corinthians 13
  • I’m deep in grief. Read Psalm 34:18, Romans 14:9, Psalm 30:11-12

It’s time to open the book.

 

  • What’s my purpose in life? Read John 15
  • How do I face this illness? Read James 5:14-26
  • How do I find hope for the future? Read Psalm 126
  • How do I break this sin and addiction? Read Romans 12:2
  • Help, I need a serious kick in the pants! Read Hebrews 11

Relax. Just do better today than you did yesterday. And don’t let anything keep you from seeking God for every detail of your life.

You aren’t so different from Peter—brash and impulsive and deeply loved by Jesus.
And you kind of resemble Jeremiah—used by God even though he felt ‘less than.’
You’ve got some David in you too—fired up and faithful but blowing it from time to time.

Everything is going to be okay.
God loves them. He loves you too.
Still, there are no shortcuts.
It’s time to open the book.

 

What are you seeking answers to today? Do you believe God can help you?

Tweet/Post this today:
Why do you pace, why do you ponder? Open God’s word. Be anxious no longer. #LiveSticky

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  • Jessica R. Patch

    This was awesome! I love that you gave references for tough questions. Praying the right people will come across this, and open the book! 

  • Anonymous

    @80c5a82713c5006bb19e7ff5f02c04fe:disqus . . . I’m right next to you . . . praying. :)

  • Phil

    Love how each question was answered with scripture. Great stuff! I believe God can help me in any situation if I let him. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    @f64473fb9a6847aca2601f02f670f2fa:disqus … always appreciate when you drop by! :) Thanks for the feedback. It helped me a ton just putting this together. Truth always kicks open doors we imagined were shut! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391169545 Roy Cadow

    God is so good to give us creative people with the ability to express things in ways most cannot.  Thank you for your creative talent and your willingness to use it to the Glory of God, even to the equiping of those who follow and believe in the Messiah, Jesus.

  • Larniegh

    God really does lead us through it all. May his grace guide us all!

  • Anonymous

    @facebook-1391169545:disqus … your comment blessed me deeply today. Thank you for taking the time to be sincere and encouraging! :)

  • Taunya

    I came across this today and it is just what I needed. Thank you both for your prayers. I’m a few years late, but you know what they about that!