I want to end this series by talking about another really important tool that has been given to us but has been neglected and overlooked by so many: the Word of God. If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, then you know that I am an unashamed, unadulterated, Bible-believing Christian. The Bible is my instruction manual, my reference tool for any situation, and reading it is as important to me as brushing my teeth every day. At one point in my life, this wasn’t the case. I was one of those Christians that picked up the Bible whenever I felt inspired and my walk with Christ was just as fickle and inconsistent as my occasional desire to read the Word. The moment that I became inspired to make reading my Bible a priority was the moment that my life changed forever. Here are three truths about the Bible that I think we can all agree on.
- It contains the doctrine of the Christian faith
- It houses all of God’s commandments
- It tells the story of Jesus from birth to death (and life again)
Let’s make something clear. When you are a Christian that does not read the Bible, you have allowed someone else’s belief set and convictions to become your own. Whether it be your pastor, your parents or your grandmother, that person’s influence has taken the place of the Word of God in your life. If you need to know what our foundational beliefs are, it’s in the Bible. If you want to know what God expects of you, it’s in the Bible. If you want to know about the story and character of Jesus, the man we believe to be our savior, it’s in the Bible. Your walk is your own and it is your responsibility to hear from the Holy Spirit and find this truth yourself. This is why the Word is another essential tool.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.-2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Word of God equips you to be able to stand against false truth, it helps you to decipher right from wrong, and it helps you to stay encouraged in your faith so that you can do amazing things for His Kingdom. As you read and meditate on the Bible, God’s words and commandments become a part of you. Think about the last time you read a warning label or a set of instructions. When something went wrong with your new phone, appliance, or whatever you bought while you were putting it together, you knew what to do because the important message that you read came to your remembrance. In a similar way, the Word and the Holy Spirit equip you to face the difficult times and moments of temptation in life.
I was reading this passage in Deuteronomy the other day and God said this to this Israelites:
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. -Deutoronomy 30:11-14
Obedience to God’s commandments and the ability to resist temptation are not beyond our reach. We are equipped! Everything that we need is already within us. With the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, and the Word of God, we cannot be defeated. I pray that this series has blessed you and encouraged you to keep fighting to good fight of faith even when you feel inadequate and ill-prepared. You got this.
Also, if you’re concerned about where to start when it comes to reading your Bible, take a look at my 3-step method in this post.
Prayer for Today//
Lord, thank you for equipping me with everything that I need to stay connected to you and your will for my life. Allow your Spirit to continue to lead and guide me and place in me a hunger to know your Word and what you have commanded of me. In all things, Lord, I will look to you and not my own understanding because I cannot make it through life without you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.