Friday, September 6, 2013

Reading the Book of James (week 1)

Last week, I shared that my Bible Reading Goal for the month of September was to read the book of James everyday and then to journal online what I'm learning. I am now six days into my journey to be transformed by this book of the Bible. And so today, I want to share how this book is starting to affect my heart and mind.

Before I get there, let me back up and explain what I am doing as I read this book. I am trying to take about 15 minutes every morning and slowly read through all five chapters of the book of James. Sometimes, I use the YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone. One time I even listened to it through that App. And other times, I opened the Bible I use everyday. Along with this, I am also trying to take several days a week and Journible my way through this book. If you have never heard of this, it is a book series where they encourage you to write your own copy of the text of Scripture [check out the video posted at the end of this blog]. That's what I have been doing this week.

But what am I learning? More than anything else, the repetition is opening up things I have never seen before in the book of James. For instance, one day this week, I was particularly struck by how much James speaks of money. This was obviously a very big issue for the people to deal with (and for us as well). I sense that this is something that I need to learn more about as I make my way through this book the next several weeks.

But then I was impressed that the main problems are found in my heart. James writes, "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?" (4:1). This is very helpful to realize that my conflicts result from inside of me. There is a battle going on inside of my heart. It helps as a parent to realize that it is not just that I have two kids that might be fighting, but something in going on inside of their heart. I know that, it is not new to me, but I think I have become more sensitive this week to these things. I hope my vision for identifying the root causes of my sin will only get sharper.

What are you learning? What have you been studying in the Word of God this week? I would love to hear from some of you that read this as to what God is impressing on your heart as you engage Him through His Word.

And if your interested in finding out more about the Journible, check out this video:

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