There is a powerful verse in Philippians 4, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” that matches up perfectly with a verse from the book of Sirach. “…he turned him back into earth again, but clothed him in strength like his own.” †Sirach 17:2 Let’s start unpacking these beauties found in Philippians 4 and Sirach 17 as a part of my 31 Days of reading the book of Sirach.
We’ve considered before what the Bible says about our thoughts. We talked about how we are in control of our thought life. We may not be in control of whatever pops into our head, but we are in control of what we do with that thought. We can dismiss it, consider it and maybe even speak it. And what we speak to ourselves, about ourselves, become our daily affirmations. I’m going to show you where you can find some great positive affirmations.
One of the unexpected joys of the internet is the opportunity for online Bible study. Some of us live outside of town, have 5 little soccer players who each have their own team because I guess it wouldn’t be right to have a six year old playing against a fourteen year old. Some of are introverts (Hi There) and yet God plopped us in the middle of bustling house full of children and by the end of the day, the thought of more conversation makes us want to curl up in our closet. And sometimes, it’s just that kind of season in life, where you want some community, but on your own terms. An online Bible study is perfect for that season.
Did you know I’m taking part in a 31 Days writing Group? I am and I picked reading and writing about the book of Sirach; my own personal online Bible study…shared with you.
Maybe around five years ago when I was really struggling with my mind, I came across this verse found in Sirach 30:21-23
Have you ever wondered, “What does the Bible say about money?” Have you ever wondered why the Bible would even care about money; isn’t it supposed to be about prayer and heaven and Jesus? Yes to all three. Would you be surprised to know The Bible does talk about money and finances and spending habit as well because the Bible gives guidance and instruction for life…not just spiritual life.
Do you remember reading in Luke 10 where the lawyer stands up to test Jesus? The lawyer ask the all familiar question, “What do I have to do…what is following You, in the hopes of eternal life gonna cost me?” The paraphrasing is my own. So Jesus tells him he has to love God with everything he has and is and…AND…he has to love his neighbor as himself. And just to clarify, you know, make sure he understood, he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” This is where Jesus goes into the story of the Good Samaritan.
We all know about the Bible. But did you realize there is also The Photography Bible, Cooking with the Bible, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, The Original Beauty Bible, The Crochet Bible…you get the point. But guess what there is not…a Facebook Bible. Remember the old Arsenio Hall skit, “Things That Make You Go Hmm?” Does it make you wonder why there is no Facebook Bible? There’s even a Pinterest Marketing Bible and an iPhone case that reads, “Blogging Through the Bible.” Maybe there already is a Facebook Bible, it’s just wrapped to look like the Bible-Bible.
Or maybe the Bible and Facebook are incompatible? Surprisingly…or maybe not…the book of Sirach is filled with wise counsel for Facebook users.