The Bible is the living Word of God. In my own healing process, it has been the single best tool in my journey. Although I grew up memorizing scriptures and hearing the stories found in the Bible, it was only over the past two decades that I have learned that I can apply it to my own life. The Bible has went from being a book that I had to read to one that I treasure having time to really delve in to. Yes, there are still parts I don’t understand or find less interesting, but over the years even some of those areas I have pulled nuggets of treasure from.
How does the Bible aid in the healing process?
- The Bible tells us that Jesus died for our complete healing, not just to save us from hell.
- The Bible reveals the character of God towards us.
- The Bible reveals who we are in Christ.
- The Bible reveals the promises of God available to us in Christ Jesus.
- The Bible lays our how we should live.
- The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes it possible to live as God’s Word lays out.
I started to list out some scriptures, but there are many websites and books that list scriptures that are available. I would encourage you to search out scripture that speak to your situation. You will be surprised what you find.
If you use a book or website to get you started, I would recommend looking up the scripture references in the Bible for yourself.
There is something about letting God’s Word speak directly to you from the pages of His Word. People make errors in typing and translation. We tend to read through the eyes of our own culture and interpret through our personal history.
There are tools like the YouVersion app or websites like Biblegateway.com where you can look at several versions of the same scripture. Another helpful tool is Blue Letter Bible, which has multiple translations available but also has study resources to help you understand the meaning of words in the original language. It can be easy to get confused by all the different versions available and people’s opinions of those versions. Looking at different Bible versions may help you gain understanding as some look at things strictly from word definition (which can change over time). Others look at the original word and meaning it had at the time. Still others look at the overall spirit of what was being conveyed. Look at different ones, and let Holy Spirit speak through the Word.
When you find in your exploration of the Word something that really resonates within you, write it down. Memorize it if you can. Post it where you will see it.
I have journaled Bible verses for over two decades. I am always amazed at how the same verse can speak so many different things to me over the years based on where I am, but the Word really is living. I typically write down the scripture, and then how it speaks to me – how I feel it applies to my life right where I am. Sometimes it is a few sentences other times it is pages. Sometimes I break down the words in the scripture and other times only one word in the verse speaks to me. I end with my response back to God usually a prayer asking forgiveness, thanking Him or asking for help walking out what I have just learned. You can see some on the link above called Growth.
There is no wrong way for you to explore the Bible. It doesn’t have to be hard. You may want to start with just one scripture or chapter. If you have never read the Bible, you might start in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John (the gospels, found in the New Testament). Romans or Ephesians is also a good place to start. The point is, just make a choice to start exploring and let God’s Word work in you and then through you. What do you have to lose?
This blog post is inspired by Anita Ojeda and the #Write28Days Challenge. The challenge is to write 28 days in February. For more posts on this topic go to Broken Vessel.