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The Word of God is the mind of God, someone well said.
Have you ever felt far away from the Lord? Have you ever asked yourself if God has an answer for your situation?
As I said in my previous posts, I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family. And one of my first memories with my father was with him reading his Bible. I can picture in my mind the big black Bible he used to read. Moreover, every morning I wake up, he was there in the living room with a cup of coffee and reading. And many of his pages were marked with his notes and mediations from the Lord.
Ever since I became a believer, I wake up early every morning, make myself a coffee and open up my Bible. To begin with, my father never told me to wake up in the morning and read the Bible— or drink coffee. However, through his life, my father was (and still is) an example for me to follow.
I believe we all need to draw closer to God. And when you want to draw closer to God, first you need to draw closer to the Word of God. Indeed, the Word of God is what we call the Bible or the Holy Scriptures.
Talking about the Bible, D. L. Moody said
I think I would rather preach about the Word of God than anything else except the love of God because I believe it is the best thing in the world.
However, often we do not see things like Moody
He also said
A genuine spiritual revitalization that will last must come through the Word of God.
Therefore, if you think you need to revitalize your spiritual life, start loving the Bible because that is how you will get to know the Author of the Bible.
The ultimate purpose of every believer is to become more like Jesus. Indeed, there is no higher aim in this life! For this reason, the logo for my blog is ‘Becoming more like Jesus by living the Spirit-formed life.’
However, remember that the Spirit of God will use the Word of God to make us more like the Son of God. A person that is filled with the Holy Spirit will love the Bible and will ask for the grace to practice God’s Word. Because the Word of God is not the word of men and it should be treated with the proper respect. Needless to say, we all respect God in the same measure we respect His Word!
What are some of the benefits of believing the Bible as God’s Word? Let me share with you five benefits:
1. The Word of God will nourish your soul
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 (TLV)
But He replied, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Also, in Jeremiah 15:16a (TLV) we read
Your words were found, so I ate them. Your words were a delight to me and the joy of my heart.
We are supposed to feed on the Word of God! We take so good care of our bodies that we have just for a short while, and often our inner man that is to live forever is weak and starved! Those who nourish their inner man daily in God’s Word are those who grow and become mature believers. And nothing else can really feed your inner man!
2. The Word of God will teach you how to pray
Prayer begins in the Bible! We would know how to pray better if we would know our Bibles better! Moody said it so well:
When I pray, I talk to God, but when I read the Bible, God is talking to me; and it is really more important that God should speak to me than that I should speak to Him.
The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Therefore, let us use our sword in prayer and pray the Word of God for the people and for ourselves.
3. The Word of God will give you direction
Just like God’s Law was to guide Joshua as he entered the land of Canaan, so the Word of God directs us, as it is said in Psalm 119:105 (TLV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
The Bible is the only one who points us to heaven, and that can guide us in our journey of life. It is not safe to travel without a map and a plan in life. Therefore, God gave you and me His Word to direct us to Himself and away from the enemy of our souls.
4. The Word of God will provide you with peace
Psalm 119:165 (TLV) says
Great peace have they who love Your Torah, and nothing causes them to stumble.
All the believers that are rooted and grounded in the Word of God have peace in their hearts. Furthermore, when storms come into their lives they do not shake, because they know in whom they trust. And they know that God always keeps His Word and can trust His Word in any situation.
5. The Word of God will reveal God to you
Jesus said in John 5:39 (TLV)
You search the Scriptures because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. It is these that testify about Me.
Here, in the context, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament Scriptures. And basically, Jesus said that every verse talks about Him. Therefore, when we study the Bible, our duty is to find Jesus in every verse. If you want to see if your understanding is accurate, then in every verse you need to see Jesus.
The holy Scriptures are first thing first— holy, because they are written by a holy God, by the Holy Spirit. They are the sacred Words of God. And in the Word of God, you can find the answer to any question you have. Ask the Author— the Holy Spirit— to guide you through it to the solution you need.
I could say a lot more, but I want to close with another quote from D. L. Moody:
If you are impatient, sit down quietly and commune with Job. If you are strong-headed, read about Moses and Peter. If you lack courage, look at Elijah. If there is no song in your heart, listen to David. If you are a politician, read Daniel. If you are morally corrupt, read Isaiah. If your heart is cold, read of the beloved disciple John. If your faith is low, read Paul. If you are getting lazy, learn from James. If you are losing sight of the future, read in Revelation of the Promised Land.
Let us read the Word of God and allow the Word of God to read our lives too! So, treasure your Bible as if your life depends on it because it does.
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