Monday, March 16, 2009

66 Reasons I Love Jesus (Part One--Old Testament)

A listening heart learns to love God with all of her (or his) heart, soul, mind and strength. And when you study Scripture using the “listening heart”* method there is a place to list your reasons to love God more.

This morning I became inspired to list the reasons I love Jesus from each book of the Bible. Today’s blog entry will cover the Old Testament. I hope this list inspires you to get alone with Jesus and make your own list of reasons you love Him.

1. He created me in his image. (Genesis) Wow!
2. He set me free from bondage. (Exodus)
3. He is holy and made me holy. (Leviticus)
4. He is faithful, even when I fail. (Numbers)
5. He prepares me to claim my inheritance. (Deuteronomy)
6. He shows me how to claim victory and my inheritance in Christ. (Joshua)
7. He blesses my obedience, even though I live in a world where everyone does as they see fit. (Judges)
8. He redeemed me. (Ruth)
9. He speaks to me, his servant who listens. (1 Samuel)
10. He gives me examples of people like David, who mess up like I do and remain a man (woman) after God’s own heart. (2 Samuel)
11. He teaches me about leadership by sharing the contrast of good and bad leaders. (1 Kings)
12. He guides me in what not to do. (2 Kings)
13. He organizes my life. (1 Chronicles)
14. When I pray humbly, he hears me, forgives me, and heals me. (2 Chronicles)
15. He restores me when life crumbles around me. (Ezra)
16. He rebuilds walls of protection that the enemy destroys. (Nehemiah)
17. He providentially protects me at all times. (Esther)
18. He helps me understand that some questions don’t have answers. (Job)
19. He provides me with songs in the night. (Psalms)
20. He reveals the path of wisdom and life. (Proverbs)
21. He convinces me that with him, life is worth living. (Ecclesiastes)
22. His love for me is perfectly beautiful. (Song of Songs)
23. He made my scarlet sins as white as snow. (Isaiah)
24. He bid me to return so I could escape judgment. (Jeremiah)
25. His compassions never fail; they are new every morning. (Lamentations)
26. He is my glorious Lord and is worthy of reverence. (Ezekiel)
27. He directs the forces of nature, the destiny of nations, and the care of his people. (Daniel)
28. He is devoted to me despite my unfaithfulness. (Hosea)
29. He repays the years the locusts have eaten. (Joel)
30. He is my plumb line. (Amos)
31. He pays back those who harm his people. (Obadiah)
32. He disciplines those who belong to him. (Jonah)
33. His requirements are simple: to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with him. (Micah)
34. He completely destroys his enemies. (Nahum)
35. He asked me to write down his revelations. (Habakkuk)
36. He quiets me with his love and rejoices over me with singing. (Zephaniah)
37. He encourages me to complete the work I start. (Haggai)
38. He reminds me, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah)
39. He listens when I talk with other sisters and brothers about him, and records it on a scroll of remembrance. (Malachi)

*If you are interested in receiving a Pure Listening Bible Study Guide, please contact me.

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