Christianity is more than a religion. It is primarily a relationship with God. Good relationships require good communication. We speak to God; that’s Prayer. And God primarily speaks to us through His Word, the Holy Bible.
Through the Bible, God unveils to us the true nature of His being. Without this revelation, people cannot discover or know God.
…it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
We have not discovered God; He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the written Word, as well as through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word. By a careful study of creation we come to know something about God’s divine nature and invisible attributes, but through the Word and through Jesus Christ, God can be personally known in intimate relationship.
The Bible helps us to hear ‘His voice’ when we read His Word. The Bible is more than just a collection of poems, stories, and letters. It is the inspired written Word of God.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16,17
The words in the Bible were literally “breathed out” by God. The process by which God enabled the human writers to receive and record His revelation is known as inspiration.
The Bible is not the result of human genius or insight, neither was it dictated word for word by some celestial voice. God did not supply the writers with merely thoughts or concepts, but fully and completely through the power of the Holy Spirit, communicated every part of what He wanted communicated, even as to the choice of the words used.
If we want to know Him more and understand His ways then we need to read what He has to say.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”
The Key to Spiritual Growth
A newborn baby intuitively knows it needs to seek out it’s mother’s milk. Doing so ensures life and growth. As a new Christian, a babe in the faith, we too must crave and seek out God’s Word for our lives. Doing so ensures life and growth!
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:2,3
The more we read the Bible, the more our Faith will grow.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
Faith is built and strengthened by an intentional Bible reading habit. By choosing to listen to what the Bible says about God and life on a daily basis we gain a faith perspective. We begin to view situations as God views them and not from the finite position that we occupy in relation to our world. When we meditate on verses of Scripture, it has the effect of building up our spiritual strength so that we are able to confidently trust God with our life and the many situations that confront us. Conversely, when we lapse in our reading of the Bible we gradually slip into independence and unbelief. We lose God’s perspective and view situations and people from a purely human standpoint.
The Key to Resisting Temptation
Jesus, being the Son of God, was able to resist temptation, not by power or shear will, but by knowing and quoting the Word of God.
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
And so it is the same for us… we too can resist temptation by knowing the Word of God and being able to quote it at the point of temptation.
Having head knowledge and religiosity does not make one pure or holy.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
The Key to Success in Life
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Meditate on God’s Word and then carefully obey it… success will follow.
The key to success is obedience.
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
The Key to Knowing God’s Will for Your Life
Reading God’s Word helps us to rethink our understanding of the world around us. We begin to understand it in the terms that God created it. This process is sometimes referred to as the renewing of our mind.
We begin to see that our life is a part of something that is far greater than we are. From deep within us we quickly realise that we have a part to play in it, and as God is the Creator, we further realise the need to understand His Plan and what our part to play is. Knowing the Will of God then becomes paramount.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Key to Reading God’s Word
Do you have a set time and place to read your Bible, every day?
Are you involved in a Life Group, Bible Study Group or Discipleship Group?
Bottom Line: Read the Bible daily and obey what it teaches you.