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GOD’S WORD

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GOD’S WORD

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.     2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible, God’s Word, is His love letter to you.  From beginning to end it tells the story of a God who never stops loving or pursuing those He created in His image.  It is also His instruction book to help you not just survive life in this world but to help you experience life to the full.  Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor, describes the privilege we have to hear from the saints and sinners all throughout history, learning from their life lessons.  If we are willing to take the time and discipline to read, meditate and apply God’s word, we can not only save ourselves a tremendous amount of pain and heartache, but we can begin to experience life as the Creator intended.

The kind of wisdom the Bible offers us takes discipline to extract; again, discipline can cause some pain.  Spending time in the Bible is not always convenient or comfortable, nor does it always yield immediate or obvious benefits.  Some days it may feel like a drag.  Other days it may seem like the last thing you want to do.  On some mornings, taking yourself by the collar and sitting yourself down with an open Bible may feel akin to a cold shower or swimming against a current.  What’s the alternative?  I would simply remind you: the pain of discipline costs far less than the pain of regret.  It isn’t even close…

But consider the grace of our God!  He took about four hundred of His top people and put their raw, unedited stories into a whole library of books.  He gathered sixty-six of these books—books about men and women, kings and slaves, soldiers and prophets, housewives and prostitutes, fishermen and courtiers—and put them into one.  The Bible records it all—the good parts as well as the bad.  Why did God pack all of these raw accounts into a library (a biblos, or Bible) for all time and eternity?  Because it’s for us.

Remember what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:11— ‘These things...were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.’  God had these stories written down so that through them we could gain the wisdom of the ages.  We don’t have to make the same mistakes that Jacob or Esau or Saul made.  God wrote it all out for us.  In sixty-six books, He offers us the wisdom of the ages.

                                                        Wayne Cordiero, The Divine Mentor

 

I treasure Mary as a biblical interpreter, one who heard and believed what God told her, and who pondered God’s promise in her heart, even when, as the Gospel of Luke describes it, it pierced her soul like a sword.  This is hardly passivity, but the kind of faith that sustains discipleship.

                                                        Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How will you daily listen to God through His Word and apply it to your life?
  • What is one area where you need to let God’s Word transform your life?  What lifestyle changes need to be made to allow time for this to happen?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture--and in the church.  We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his Word, we might discover that he evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give him.   David Platt, Radical

God never intended the Bible to be studied for information or knowledge alone.  The Bible was written so that we might respond to the truth and voice of God.                                           Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force

The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.     Charles Dickens

Now in brotherly love and affection I would give a few hints to my younger fellow-believers as to the way in which to keep up spiritual enjoyment.  It is absolutely needful in order that happiness in the Lord may continue, that the Scriptures be regularly read.  These are God's appointed means for the nourishment of the inner man......Consider it, and ponder over it...Especially we should read regularly through the Scriptures, consecutively, and not pick out here and there a chapter.  If we do, we remain spiritual dwarfs.  I tell you so affectionately.  For the first four years after my conversion I made no progress, because I neglected the Bible.  But when I regularly read on through the whole with reference to my own heart and soul, I directly made progress.  Then my peace and joy continued more and more.  Now I have been doing this for 47 years.  I have read through the whole Bible about 100 times and I always find it fresh when I begin again.  Thus my peace and joy have increased more and more.  George Mueller, at age 71, speaking to a group of younger believers.    20 years later near the end of his life his message had not changed.   I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it....What is the food of the inner man?  Not prayer, but the Word of God; and...not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.

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verses related to this topic

  • Deuteronomy 4:2

    Deuteronomy 4:2

    You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

  • Deuteronomy 12:32

    Deuteronomy 12:32

    Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.

  • Joshua 1:8

    Joshua 1:8

    This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

  • Psalm 1:1-3

    Psalm 1:1-3

    How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

  • Psalm 19:8

    Psalm 19:8

    The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

  • Psalm 119:1-16

    Psalm 119:1-16

    How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established to keep your statutes! Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments. I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I shall keep Your statutes; do not forsake me utterly! How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statues. With my lips I have told of all the ordinances of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

  • Psalm 119:9

    Psalm 119:9

    How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word.

  • Psalm 119:105

    Psalm 119:105

    Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

  • Proverbs 6:23

    Proverbs 6:23

    For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life

  • Matthew 7:24

    Matthew 7:24

    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.”

  • Matthew 15:8

    Matthew 15:8

    "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me."

  • John 8:31-32

    John 8:31-32

    So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

  • John 15:7

    John 15:7

    “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

  • John 20:31

    John 20:31

    but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

  • Romans 15:4

    Romans 15:4

    For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:11

    1 Corinthians 10:11

    Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

  • Hebrews 4:12

    Hebrews 4:12

    For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

  • James 1:22

    James 1:22

    But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

  • 1 Peter 2:2

    1 Peter 2:2

    like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

books related to this topic

  • The Divine Mentor

    The Divine Mentor

    In the Divine Mentor, you will discover how to enjoy a dynamic, vital, and intimate relationship with God as you learn to hear Him speak daily through the Bible.

  • Shaped by the Word

    Shaped by the Word

    This is an excellent work on the importance of learning to read, study and meditate on the Word so that we are getting both information and transformation.

  • Grasping God's Word

    Grasping God's Word

    This hands-on approach to studying Scripture helps students and serious readers get a grip on how to read, interpret, and apply God’s Word. This book equips readers with principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts.

  • Space for God

    Space for God

    Don Postema offers us a space to live gratefully in the presence of God. Each chapter contains reflections and questions designed to help us go deeper in our walk with Jesus.

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