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Our firm foundation

If I ever want to know the character of God…. I should STUDY His WORD


-Tristin Matthews

Psalms 19 focuses on the perfect revelation of the Lord. In it we see the general revelation of himself- God revealed through creation and the special revelation Of Himself- God reveal through His Word. From this passage one can perceive the glory of the Lord
and the importance of Scripture.

The Glory of the Lord

 The heavens declare the glory of  God, and the expanse proclaims  the work of his hands. Day after  day they pour out speech; night  after night they communicate  knowledge. There is no speech;  there are no words; their voice is  not heard. Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their  words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

God’s majesty is revealed in the beauty of his creation for you and I to see. Creation whispers His name and you and I should pause to worship God the creator.

The Importance of  Scripture

The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
and altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold—
than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey
dripping from a honeycomb.
In addition, your servant is warned by them,
and in keeping them there is an abundant reward.

Psalm 19:7-11

If I ever desire to know the character of God I should study his Word. David the writer of this passage takes the time to outline the characteristics of God’s word and the benefits we gain from following His word. God’s word instructs us. It is perfect, trustworthy, right reliable and righteous. It illuminates and warns us. From God’s word we gain renewed strength, wisdom, joy, and understanding. We learn just how valuable the word of God is and how there is an abundance of reward in keeping His Word.

Our Response

Who perceives his  unintentional sins? Cleanse me  from my hidden faults. Moreover, keep your servant from willful  sins; do not let them rule me. Then I will be blameless and cleansed  from blatant rebellion. May the  words of my mouth and the  meditation of my heart be  acceptable to you, LORD my rock  and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:12-14

We should be like David , humbled. The weightiness of scripture should humble us and help us to see our need for the Redeemer Jesus Christ.

In light of scripture, do we see our need for Christ and are we turning to him in light of scripture?

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October Reading Plan

Hey ya’ll so we’re 29 days into our 90 day tour! How are you enjoying it so far? So far, we’ve explored Creation and the beginning, what the bible has to say about our sin and our rebellion… I know it’s been pretty somber but I promise it gets better as we continue. During this tour, we have to explore the truth about who God is and who we are in God’s sight in pursuit of finding hope in Christ. This month we continue our tour by continuing to look at our rebellion, God’s redemption and restoration. We will do just as we did last month we will use the SOAP method as we explore God’s word.

What is the SOAP method?

Scripture- what passage are you reading?

Observation- In reading the passage, what do you see?

Application- how does what you’ve read apply to you?

Pray- is there anything you need to confess to the Lord or any gratitude to show to him?

As always happy reading I look forward to hearing about how the Lord will transform your heart in the next 31 days

Rebellion

Day 31- Proverbs 21

Day 32- Numbers 14

Day 33- Deuteronomy 13

Day 34- Jonah 1-4

Day 35- Jeremiah 5

Day 36- Ezekiel 18

Day 37- Hosea 10

Day 38- Micah 2

Day 39- 1 Timothy 1

Redemption

Day 40- Exodus 12

Day 41- Leviticus 16

Day 42- Ruth 1-4

Day 43- Hebrews 9-10

Day 44- Psalm 49

Day 45- Luke 1-2

Day 46- Romans 2-4

Day 47- Colossians 1-2

Day 48- Luke 13

Day 49- 1 Peter 1-2

Day 50- Revelation 5

Day 51- John 3

Day 52- Isaiah 53

Day 53- Matthew 26-28

Day 54- Matthew 1

Day 55- Romans 11

Restoration

Day 56- Psalm 80

Day 57- Lamentations 5

Day 58- Psalm 23

Day 59- Acts 3

Day 60- 2 Corinthians 13

Day 61- Revelation 21

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Just what we need

Three years ago, my husband and I had been engaged for four months and we didn’t have much. I can remember combing over our budget for our wedding and thinking about what we can cut and what we didn’t need. I remember being STRESSED out. I also remember being at work super early and sitting down to read my Bible. That day I read about Jesus feeding the 5000. The passage of scripture was Matthew 14: 13-21. I had read that passage so many times before but on that day that passage became practical for me. I messaged my then fiancé and told him we might not have much but we’re going to give the Lord our fish and bread watch him do the rest.

Giving the Lord our fish and bread became our motto while we were engaged and the Lord provided in ways I couldn’t even begin to imagine.

Fast forward to three years later and we’re still giving the Lord our fish and bread and He is still giving us just what we need. We still don’t have much but we have an abundance of what we need in Jesus. As I sit with my 17 month old, I can’t help but praise the Lord for being faithful to my family and providing our every need. I praise the Lord that I can rest in knowing that all we need and could ever want is in him.

Will you give your everything to the Lord and trust him to provide for you?

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September’s Reading Plan

Good morning!!! Today is the big day! Today we start our 90 Day Tour through the Bible. Along with following this plan I thought it would be cool to do the SOAP method.

What is the SOAP method?

Scripturewhat passage are you reading?

ObservationIn reading the passage what do you see?

Applicationhow does what you see apply to you?

PrayIs there anything you need to confess to the Lord or any gratitude to show to Him?

Creation, The Beginnings

Day 1- Genesis 1-2

Day 2- Psalm 33

Day 3- Psalm 145

Day 4- Genesis 5-9

Day 5- Genesis 10-15

Day 6- Genesis 16-19

Day 7- Genesis 20-25

Day 8- Genesis 26-36

Day 9- Genesis 37-41

Day 10- Genesis 42-45

Psalms 89-90

Day 11: Genesis 46-50

Psalm 119:1-17

The Fall, Human Sepation from God

Day 12- Genesis 3

Day 13- Genesis 4

Day 14- Genesis 6

Day 15- Job 31

Day 16- Hosea 4

Day 17- Isaiah 65:1-16

Day 18- Psalm 14

Day 19- Psalm 51

Day 20- Psalm 58

Day 21- Matthew 12-13

Day 22- Romans 1:18-3:20

Day 23- Jude

Day 24- Psalms94

Day 25- Isaiah 1

Rebellion

Day 26- Exodus 4:1-5:4

Day 27- Exodus 8-9

Day 28- Exodus 10-11

Day 29- Psalm 10

Day 30- Proverbs 20

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An Open Conversation

This morning as I sat down with my bible, a clean page from my journal and an open heart, I began to have this open conversation with the Lord. The conversation was very honest and some would view me differently. I received my answer,as always, right from God’s word. When I started this blog I promised myself that I would with the Lord’s guidance and wisdom be as vulnerable and as authentic as possible. So here’s the conversation:

Dear Jesus,

I struggle in so many ways, like Paul wrote about in Romans 7 to please you. I know the right thing to do and don’t always do it, while also knowing what I’m about to think, say or do is not pleasing to you and still I do it. Help me to daily follow you and show me your purpose for my life- as a wife, a mom and most importantly as Tristin a follower of you. Lord my question is how do I wake up every day and use every waking moment to please you? To glorify your name? I want to be used in every moment of every day to honor You. Please give me a hunger and a thirst for righteousness and for you.

Amen

As always the Lord answered me with his Word:

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:14-18‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Jesus calls for everyone to repent, believe and then to follow him. In following Him, we bear witness, so that others may believe in Him.

His answer is in plain text- Tristin live with a repentant heart, be obedient to me.

At church at the end of every sermon when we go over the application points, one of the points that is ALWAYS listed is to rehearse the gospel.

To rehearse the gospel means remember your need for a Savior- Jesus Christ and reflect on the penalty he paid for our sins and the victory we experience over sin because of his death and resurrection.

Today after reading God’s word, I did just that I rehearsed the gospel. I remembered that while I was still a sinner Christ died for me demonstrating his love for me. I remembered that in hearing the truth of the gospel- that I was sinner, Jesus died for my sins and that I could live for him- I repented and believed in Him. I remember that every day I am called to one thing and one thing only to follow Him in obedience. I remember that I can’t do this in my own strength but with the power of the Holy Spirit. After all my remembering and rehearsing my response:

Dear Jesus,

May I follow you faithfully, so that other might see and believe in you.

Amen