How do you read Scripture?
I mean, what do you do as you read? How do you engage with the Author, the Lord himself? How does Scripture bring Christ into your life and your life to Christ?
Here's how it worked for me this morning:
I was reading 2 Thessalonians 3. First, I remembered that these people were under pressure & temptation from false teachers. That's what Paul's primarily concerned with, but much of what he says also relates to the pressures we're under today.
As usual, I had my notebook open and my pen ready to jot down God's promises, encouragements, exhortations etc. As I did that, I was looking for ways to respond: talking back to God about myself - and you, my church family - as he spoke his word.
Here's exactly what I wrote.
Pray that the word of the Lord may speed ahead & be honoured.
He will establish you & guard you.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God & to the steadfastness of Christ.
An example to imitate as regards busyness in the Lord.
Do not grow weary in doing good.
Warn brothers & sisters when necessary.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give us peace at all times & in every way. The Lord be with you all. The grace of our L J C be with you all.