former ways of living, and focus on God’s ways. The Bible says that our lives are hid with Christ (see Colossians 3:3) just as we might hide treasures from thieves. It is obvious that, if our lives are hid with Christ, we’ll treasure His ways more than worldly ways.
God’s promises are like deposits made into our bank accounts. We can’t claim something we don’t know was available to us. If you didn’t know someone has made a deposit into your bank account, you’d never make a withdrawal, no matter how needy and desperate you might be.
● God provided the Bible and the admonishment to study it and allow it to transform us: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT).