five Minutes

Here are a few thoughts from Oswald Chambers on the Word . . .

It is not the thing on which
we spend most time that molds us, but the thing that exerts the greatest power. Five minutes with God and His word is worth more than all the rest of the day.

The Bible is not the word of God to us unless we come to it through what Jesus Christ says. The Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, are all revelations of Jesus Christ. The context of the Bible is Our Lord himself, and until we are rightly related to Him, the Bible is no more to us than an ordinary book. We cannot know the Holy Scriptures by intellectual exercises. The key to our understanding of the Bible is not our intelligence, but our personal relationship to Jesus Christ (cf. John 5:39-40). ...We take much for granted, but nothing is ever ours until we have bought it by pain; a thing is worth just what it costs.

Do we allow ourselves to be arrested when we read the Holy Scriptures? The vital relationship of the Christian to the Bible is not that he worships the “letter,” but that the Holy Spirit makes the words of the Bible “spirit and life” to him. When we are born from above the Bible becomes to us a universe of revelation facts whereby we feed our knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers (Our Brilliant Heritage)

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