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BOOK/AUDIOBOOK: INSPIRED BY … THE BIBLE EXPERIENCE – God In, God Out

Denzel Washington. Samuel L. Jackson. Angela Bassett. Cuba Gooding, Jr. Sounds like an awesome movie, right?

It is awesome, but it’s not a movie. It’s what I listen to every morning during my hour-long commute to work. These and many other African-American actors have put together a dramatized version of the entire Bible on CD, called, Inspired By … The Bible Experience. Listening to the entire Bible from the beginning in this dramatized format has been a great way to focus on God’s character and what he expects of me.

I’ve heard it said that the last song you hear in the morning is the one you think of the rest of the day. I’ve often found that to be true. I’ve also found that negative messages and images change my thinking, however slight, and can make me into a kind of person that I don’t want to be. Computer programmers warn us, “Garbage in, garbage out.” If you input bad programming, you get bad programs. What we take into our hearts – nasty song lyrics or violent images from horror movies – will have a profound effect on us. Especially if we take it in regularly.

So it follows that positive messages will help me become the kind of person I do want to become. Hearing stories of God’s commands to his people, the consequences of their rebellion, and the rewards for their patient obedience, inspire me to do what’s right.

I hear how Adam and Eve received life and a purpose, but pursued their own desires, losing their home and their close relationship with God. This urges me to cling to God and obey his commands all the more.

I hear how Ruth left her homeland to join her widowed mother-in-law, risking poverty and starvation, and I consider how loyal I am to my family and friends.

I hear how King David followed God passionately, yet was punished severely for the sins he committed, and I’m reminded that God will always love and accept me, but I can’t run off and do whatever I please.

Listening to the Bible each day helps keep me in check.

I’m always being influenced by something. Some song, some movie, some memory, some worry. Why not insure myself against negative influences that steer me in the wrong direction, by filling myself with God’s instruction, which leads me to the place I want my soul to go? Then by the time I reach work, I can think less about my personal desires and more about what God wants from me, and what he promises me for that day. Peace. Hope. Joy. Freedom. Love.

Whether or not you’ve committed your heart to Jesus Christ, the things you take in will be reproduced. The Bible says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) Don’t be influenced by things that will drag you down. Fill your soul with good things that lift your spirit and help you become the kind of person you want to be.

 

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009