First, we must exhibit certain attitudes. Scripture implores us to pursue wholeheartedly, diligently, continually, confidently, and humbly. These qualities are essential for learning and spiritual growth.
Then we get into God’s Word, studying and meditating upon it with a receptive heart. We also take up the discipline of prayer, because it’s the primary way we communicate with Him, and He with us.
The next step is to consider how God is operating in our circumstances. Think back on His patterns of faithfulness to you in the past, and you’ll see glimpses of how He worked, even during times of adversity in your life. You may even be able to recognize His involvement in the lives of other believers, and that awareness can also enrich your growth.
When we seek God, we find the capacity to love and serve Him. If you’ve been feeling apathetic towards the Father, consider pursuing Him in one of the ways described above, and pray that it ignites your passion.
The first five books of the Bible set the foundation for everything that comes after them. What background information will help you better understand these ancient books and see how to apply them in today’s world?
The Bible is the story of two families, the divine and the human, and they are both introduced in the first chapter of Genesis.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…
“Then God said, ‘Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves…’ So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, New Living Translation).
The apostle John identifies the One who did the creating as the Word, the one who became Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father (John 1:1-3, 14). This divine family planned the entire creation for the purpose of creating the human family. And why did they create the human family?
God’s great purpose is revealed throughout the Bible, but let’s look at the end of the book and see this clear statement:
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7).
It’s the most incredible story ever told: God wants to welcome more children into His divine family!