I Hold the Truth

Today (and always) I’m thankful for my very own Bible.  What a commodity!! A priceless gift and treasure!

I’m guilty blessed to have more than one.  My favourite, and most used. is the New American Standard Version, because that’s where I started when God opened my eyes to His Grace in 1972.  But many others fill our library of treasured books: KJV, RSV, ESV, NIV, The Living Bible, large print versions, parallel versions, Spanish and French Bibles, and more.  Each one shouts:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required…”
Luke 12:48

In spite of such increased responsibility, I am extremely thankful!   There are countless believers in other countries who don’t have any Bible to call their own.   Or if they do, they’re breaking the law.  Voice of the Martyrs  presents maps/media displaying countries which either restrict or are hostile to the Bible and Christianity.  Check it out here:

http://www.persecution.com/public/restrictednations.aspx?clickfrom=bWFpbl9tZW51

When you read your Bible, whether in print, online, on your Ipod, or whatever, thank the Lord for the Truth you hold in your hand.  And pray for those who don’t or can’t.

4 thoughts on “I Hold the Truth

  1. I so totally agree!! We are blessed beyond measure. We also have a shelf of Bibles AND digital versions – may we NEVER take that for granted, OR be lax in picking them up each day to learn more of HIM. I’m sad to say that I am guilty of that as well. Nothing should be more important than taking the time to read God’s Word and become more like our Father. Our church just remembered the Persecuted Church on Nov. 8th – what a reminder to pray for our Brothers and Sisters around the world. Blessings!

  2. Thanks for this post. We do too often take the Word for granted and shamefully neglect our study of it. Just read _Hearts of Fire_, a book from VOM about 8 Christian women who faced persecution. One of them, after her first imprisonment, committed to memorizing large portions of scripture in the event that she was imprisoned again and had no access to a Bible. She was, and was so glad she had. We should all follow her example and keep in constant study, and be THANKFUL that we do have such easy access to our most precious resource and gift.

  3. Carrie and Beth,
    Thanks for the comments! Yes, the persecuted church and martyrs of the ages have much to teach us about appreciation for our Bible and Christian liberties.

    My mom read Richard Wurmbrand’s book, Tortured for Christ, in the 60’s, and as a result, instilled in me a prayerful interest in the persecuted church. May we grow in Christ in times of peace for assurance in times that may be otherwise.

    Blessings to you both!!

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