On my journey through the Bible, I have been amazed at the descriptive words and phrases used. Words I had never really noticed before. Words that have held new meaning for me. Since not much has been going on around here, I thought I would take the time to share a few of my discoveries. Hopefully, they will encourage and inspire you along your day to day journey, like they have me.
Luke 24:49 "...clothed in power..."
Love this! The idea of the Holy Spirit dressing me head to toe with the power of Christ gives me chills. Can you just imagine getting up each morning and get ready, clothed with the power of the Spirit? If that thought doesn't give you strength, then to face the day, then I'm not sure what will.
1 Corinthians 9:24 "...under the cloud..."
In this verse Paul was referring to our forefathers and how they were led by God. The thought of having my "head in the clouds" might not be a bad thing, as long as the cloud is God. Sure wish I had come across this juicy tidbit at a younger age. It would have been a handy comeback to all my daydreaming moments. :)
1 Corinthians 14:33 " ...God is not a God of disorder but of peace..."
OK, so I knew this one. Even though Paul was talking about the church in this verse, I believe it holds a special message for all areas of our lives. In other words, the circus is fun, as long as the ringmaster has everything under control. Thankful, that God is my ringmaster. Just got to keep him in the center and let Him be in charge.
1 Corinthians 15:2 "...if you hold firmly..."
I just love this phrase used by Paul to describe keeping the faith, persevering in your relationship with Christ. We hold those we love...Christ should be no different.
2 Corinthians 2:14 "...and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him..."
Being compared to a sweet perfume smells so sweet. I love this thought. I like the idea that living the Christian life can be compared to a sweet fragrance to be shared. This is where I have to stop and ask myself daily, "How do I smell?"
1 Corinthians 3:3 "...you show that you are a letter from Christ..."
The idea is that our transformed life, is like someone opening up a letter and reading Christ. I can't even begin to tell you how that thought affects me. WOW!
2 Corinthians 4:7 "...but we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God..."
Who doesn't like the idea of a treasure box? People would hide their treasures in ordinary clay pots, so no one would discover the value within. Paul used the idea here to describe how unworthy he was, yet he held the greatest treasure of all in his heart. Paul and I are a lot alike in some ways. (I guess this is where the music group found their name?)
Can you tell where I have been reading lately? Yep. Made it through Acts, Romans and just wrapped up the two Corinthians. Looking forward to the next book of adventure. I encourage you to walk this journey with me. Book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, one day at a time. It is amazing what one chapter a day can reveal and the impact that it has had on my life. Don't you just love it when the Word comes alive?
I would love to hear any verses you would like to add to my list. Just remember, this list is only a reflection of a few books of reading and what I wrote down in my journal that morning. I could probably reread the same books and find even more. I have always loved to write and journal, so descriptive words capture my attention and say "STOP!" you might want to read a little further.
I think I will read a little further...