A New Path – Friday, July 26th, 2019

I met two cyclists riding in the park this morning who invited me to join them on their ride. They were going to take two laps around the park road before heading back to the bike trail and home. I have biked on the park road for years, but these two fellows took me down a path I had never noticed before. It was a beautiful stretch of trail through the heart of the park. After ten years of riding in the park, I thought I knew every trail. Obviously, I was wrong.

Sometimes I read Scripture without really paying attention to the text. That is true especially when I read familiar passages. I glide over them thinking God has already taught me what I need to know from those passages. I rush over the words, not even pausing, because I am certain I know the lesson God will teach me. However, I have come to realize that even in the familiar texts the Spirit will show me a new path to a deeper understanding of God.

Scripture says, “For the word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). The risen Christ remains the teacher of His Word, and the Holy Spirit applies His teaching to my heart and mind. Together the Son and Spirit expose my sin, give me new insights into the cross and draw me more deeply into the knowledge and presence of God. These Divine Persons show me God’s beautiful heart and everything He has done for me and the world through Christ.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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