When I was in college I took two Bible classes on the Epistles. I loved both classes. I just wish I would have kept all my college notes because now that I’m older, I would love to look back on what I wrote down regarding a book. But I do have my Bible that went to these classes with me and I have all the highlighted/underlined/circled/marked verses there for me to read. Some of them I wonder why I marked them while others are obvious as to why.
As I began reading through the Epistles again, I made sure that I wrote my notes in a journal that I will keep. It’s kinda funny, I’m not a journal kind of person. I’ve tried writing about my life, throughout my life and it didn’t work. I even tried writing a journal about books that I’ve read, no trying to fool you on that one, it just didn’t stick. I tried writing about our deputation trail, well, let’s just say that there were more discouraging moments than I care to remember. So I only wrote about the good things that happened. Some of the good came out of bad things and I definitely could not write about the good without including the bad. The journal has been put away. While I don’t want to be reminded of some the situations we went through, I want to have it for when I need to be reminded of how God worked in our lives during some of those moments.
I Am A Chosen Generation
This morning, I was reading in I Peter and when I looked across the notes and markings, my heart was thrilled because I found things like:
- Disallowed~ to examine then say I don’t want it.
- Holy~ set apart
- Gracious~ excellent
- Confounded~ not to put to shame
- Thankworthy ~ beyond what is expected
- Froward~ can’t reason with
- Glory~ pleasure.
The one thing that really brings back a memory is I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
I remember my professor standing there and repeating YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, WE ARE THE CHOSEN GENERATION.
When I look at the markings in this Bible, I compare my new Bible and see if there are verses that I’ve marked in it that was marked in the older one. I found ten verses in chapters one and two that are marked in both Bibles. I guess, I need to realize that they are doubly important for my life.
Two weeks ago, I started the I John Bible study with a group of ladies on Facebook. I am so loving it! Today, I got excited when I was reading I John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. I don’t live a perfect life, no one does. But I try to do all that I can to live as perfectly as I can. When I came across those verses this morning. Knowing no matter how big a goof up I make, I have an advocate. He is at the throne of God pleading my case. I would really hate to know, that I had to face God without Jesus. Can you imagine? My heart is pounding in my chest, just trying to imagine it. I’m thankful, that I am not the only one who has Jesus as their advocate.