At bible study today we watched a Voice of the Martyrs video about the Chinese Christians. The first DVD delves into the past - what happened to the Christians in China during the Cultural Revolution - all the gory details. They interviewed elderly people who are still around to tell of their twenty or so years in prison, still beaming with the light and love of Jesus after having lost everything, well, almost everything!
(The second DVD will tell about Christians there today.)
One thing that stands out to me is hearing of when there were hardly any bibles and were hard to come by and Christians cherished their bibles, or parts of them, above all their worldly possessions. One man told of people taking a piece of a bible and passing it around a secret house meeting where everyone held it and kissed it and cried over it.
Do you know the value of God's word? Do you know the power of God's word? Lately I've had a renaissance of love for God's word. I have this free time every evening when I get home from work and I have been dedicating many evenings to spending time in the Word.
I have typed up verses that pertain to each area of life - fear, financial need, healing, renewal and healing of the mind, sleep, etc. I have been reading these verses out loud.
I also go to the bible and open it up, asking God to lead me to what He wants to say to me. I also spend time meditating, so God can speak to me.
This can be life changing.
I don't want to take God's Word for granted. I'm going to eat it up and cherish it for as long as it is so freely given to me - with four bibles of my own, and how many others to be found throughout the house?
Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16