Back in the fall of 2007, I had the privilege to speak truth into the lives of our Pastor’s wives during the Pastor’s Conference held at Pinebrook. I was honored and blessed to share with them from the book of Nehemiah. As the months have passed since that fall day in the Pocono’s, God’s Word continues to ring truth into my own life and it challenges me; “How much does God’s Word penetrate my heart?” “Do I speak words of life?” “What kind of influence am I to my husband and those around me?” “Does God’s Word have full access to my heart, daily?” “Does God’s Word have access to your heart, daily?”
Nehemiah 8 tells us how Ezra stood and read from the Word of God and how the people’s lives were changed, so changed that they wanted to hear it every day. This was “The Day of Renewal.” Spiritual hunger will produce a personal revival in our lives. 1Peter 2: 4 says, “Come to Christ, who is the living Cornerstone of God’s Temple.” “Come” in the Greek means a coming of personal, habitual approach, an intimate communion with the Lord. When we come to Jesus daily, truth is found and God unfolds both His power and His character. Then we are changed and we take on His personality. If we are controlled by Him, we will produce, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Gal. 5:22). His Holy Spirit, which lives inside of us, is all we need. He teaches us all things, so let us continue to live in Him (1John 2:27).
You will know when you are listening to God, when what you read in the Bible is what others see in your life.
Ezra was a man that sought the Word of God as a scribe, then applied it to his own life and then to the lives of others. He was successful because he had the right start, the Word of God.
If you find yourself reading this and you are convicted of your time in the Word, Praise the Lord! This is the “Day of Renewal” for you! As you come to know Him better, His divine power will give you everything you need for living a godly life (2Peter 1:3). Now…go and seek Him, He is waiting to be found. He has many nuggets of truth for you to discover, so you will be a mirror that brightly reflects His glory.
Jessie Seneca is a member of Ebenezer BFC, Bethlehem, PA. She is the Spiritual Growth leader for Truth for Women, a Lehigh Valley organization, which helps women embrace God’s Word as truth and networks churches and ministries together.
Getting into God’s Word and having it make a difference in women’s lives is Jessie’s passion. Jessie is available to speak at your women’s groups, retreats and seminars and share her testimony of her struggles with a life threatening illness. Other topics she focuses on are: Biblical Womanhood, Passing Biblical Womanhood Down to Your Daughters, Parenting Teens, How God Uses the Ordinary to Do the Extraordinary, or she will work with your theme. Contact Jessie at 610.866.4398, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jessieseneca.com
“The Lord used Jessie to lead us to examine the Word of God in our lives and encouraged us to make His Word a priority.” Judy Cooper, Pastor’s wife