Today’s Walk with Him Wednesday post is from my friend Leah Adams. She shares how Bible study changed her life and uprooted a stronghold of hatred in her heart. Only the word of God can do that, friends! Leah also shares her top 10 Bible studies… because the fall is a great time to change things up and dive deeper into God’s word.
I love you.
Do you love me?
These were likely the words of the first love letter you received. Scrawled in childish letters, your baby-faced admirer declared his love for you in second grade.
Then, a few years down the road, a letter of love might have looked like this:
You wanna walk with me at break?
As teenage hormones began leaking out from their hiding places, your knight-in-shining-armor sheepishly handed a note to your best friend to give to you that requested your presence at the next break during school.
God sent a love note to His beloved. The Holy Scriptures contain one declaration after another of God’s longing and desire for an intimate relationship with us. Your response to God’s love note can change the course of your life.
Until about 14 years ago, I never understood the connection between the Bible and an intimate walk with Christ. I saw my Grandma Colwell walk closely with Jesus, but not until the Lord gave me a hunger and thirst for studying His Word did I began to understand the beauty and power of Scripture.
Friends, I am smitten with Jesus and His Word. Like a schoolgirl who received the ‘wanna walk with me at break’ note, I cannot get enough of God’s love note. I want you to fall in love with Bible study, too.
May I share with you why I am such a believer in in-depth Bible study?
I asked Jesus into my heart at the age of 15. Within 10 years I had walked away from Him. Had I died in those days, because of the faithfulness of Jesus, I would have gone to heaven; however, no one from that time in my life would tell you that there was any evidence of Jesus in my life. My language was straight out of the gutter. I was sexually promiscuous. I lived to please Leah, and only Leah. Today, the way I lived in my 20s grieves my heart.
After Greg and I married in 1995, I developed a stronghold of hatred for his son, Charlie, from his first marriage. Let me assure you that when I say hatred, I mean ugly, horrible hatred. It is a miracle straight from heaven that Greg didn’t leave me.
When the Holy Spirit hit me with a hunger for God’s Word in late 2000, no one was more surprised than I. Although I had left behind some of my earlier sin, I still was in tremendous need of a make-over. I had no idea that Jesus was about to rock my world.
Within just a few months of beginning Bible study, I completely lost any desire to curse. The Lord did a stunning, miraculous work in my heart toward Charlie, which is another amazing story for another day. Let me assure you, though, God can and does change hearts. As I worked through Beth Moore’s Living Beyond Yourself, a study of the fruit of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit was in my face about my hatred of Charlie. Eventually, I surrendered to the conviction of the Spirit, and He removed my heart of stone toward Charlie and in its place God put a heart of love and compassion.
In 2007, the Lord called me into ministry….a ministry of teaching, speaking and writing about Jesus and the Scriptures. I am a sold-out, satisfied customer of the Bible. God’s Word delivered on every promise it made to me. Even my husband will tell you that I am not the same woman he married, and he, too, attributes the change to my daily time in the Scriptures.
Are you in the Scriptures each day?
Have you allowed God’s Word to soak deeply into your heart and make changes that only He can make?
Do you want real change in your life?
Commit to spending at least 30 minutes each day for 4-6 weeks digging into an in-depth study of God’s Word. I promise you….pinky swear…..that you will emerge from that time a different person than when you began.
I want to help you find a great study to dig into. To that end, here are my top ten picks for in-depth Bible study. I pray they are a blessing to you.
10 Bible Studies to Bless Your Heart and Grow Your Faith
And don’t forget to grab our FREE Bible Study Template Sheets! They will guide your time in God’s word, help you stay focused, and allow you to get more from your Bible time. Plus, their FREE :)
**UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone for entering! The winner is Becky Mach.
I would like to give away a copy of the first Bible study I wrote. It is entitled From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy, and was published in 2010. The topic of legacy is my hallmark message and I believe that studying God’s Word is a wonderful part of our legacy.
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite book of the Bible!
A speaker, author, and mentor, Leah Adams seeks to communicate the beauty of grace and faith in Jesus Christ. The author of two Bible studies, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy and HeBrews: A Better Blendand one devotion book, When Words Won’t Come, Leah seeks to share biblical truth with those to whom she ministers. Leah and her husband, Greg, live in northern Georgia. She can be found at leahadams.org.