"To say God's Word is enough is to acknowledge our need as so great, our pain and problems so real, that only God's Word and the Living Word—Jesus–can bring real redemption."
For years, I am ashamed to say my Bible sat on a table or shelf, dusty, intimidating, and unopened. If my life were a movie, these years would be the "before" segment of my story. The part where the main character is so hopelessly flawed and arrogant, the viewer sits on the other side of the screen in frustration asking, "Why would she do that?"
Allow me to step off the big screen of my story and tell you why. I had a lot of head knowledge about Scripture, memorized verses and the general summation of the Story from Genesis to Revelation.
However, my circumstances, my idea of how my life should be, my lack of faith, and all out rebellion rendered the Bible an equivalent to Pandora's box. Open it and trouble was sure to follow.
Ironic isn't it? Even then, when I wasn't living as a follower of Jesus, I was well aware of the power of the Word.
Week One of Open Your Bible discusses the following:
The Bible is true, complete, living, active, and enough.
At 41, I claim God's Word as all of the above. Don't get me wrong, I'm still flawed and arrogant—but not hopeless. I cling to Scriptures like a toddler unwilling to give up her favorite blanky. Why? Experience has taught me that nothing compares to the power of the Living Word of God. Unleashing Truth in my life as literally saved me—from outside forces, but most importantly, from myself.
Week 2 Intro:
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.