Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about. Tonight while my Mom and I were looking at Children’s ministry programs to run at our church this summer, it hit me. I need to write about how vital the Bible is in a Believer’s life.
The Bible is God’s letter to us as His children… It is the main way that He speaks to us. It is our “map” that tells us how to navigate life. God put everything that we need to know about life in the Bible. Where we came from, what the meaning of life is, how to respond to our enemies, what to do in times of trouble, what to do with our money, even historical accounts!
Here are a few reasons (all with scriptural back up) as to why I believe knowing and studying God’s Word is so important.
God’s Word is truth. – John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth.”
I don’t need to elaborate much here… God’s Word is truth. There is no lie in it because God Himself is truth. To lie or mislead us would be against His innate nature.
God’s Word is inspired by Him, and equips us for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture isinspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
As a kid who grew up in AWANA, this verse has always been one I have been familiar with, and is a wonderful reminder as to why Scripture is so essential. In these verses there are two main points brought to light: God’s Word is literally “God-breathed” and it equips us.
We can trust what Scripture says because it is God’s own divine revelation.
God’s Word is important to us as believers because Biblically we are to be serving in some sort of ministry. The Bible is what prepares us to go minister to others, and gives us the knowledge to share about Christ. (1 Peter 3:15)
God’s Word is full of eyewitness accounts. 1 John 1:1 & 2 “That which was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life, and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”
God’s Word is historically accurate. We have eyewitness accounts of people who saw Christ. Josephus, a Jewish scholar and historian, wrote actual accounts about Christ’s life. There is no reason to think that the stories in the Bible are just made up.
God’s Word is incorruptible, and contains absolute truth. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
Hate to break it to ya, but everything you see is going to be gone someday. All we have are our souls… and God and His Word. No matter what, His Word will always stand true. It is a foundation for us in this unstable world.
God’s Word is also ABSOLUTE TRUTH. (f you’re not familiar with this term, you need to change that. Worldview is another very important thing to be aware of as a Believer… I’ll most likely discuss this more in a later post.) In short, the term “absolute truth” means that there IS a DEFINTE truth. In this era many people have put the idea of absolute truth behind them. God’s Word is never changing, and never fails. It gives us something to place our hope in.
God’s Word tells us of the future events, and there is a blessing for those who study it (specifically prophecy). Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and who hear the words of prophecy, and heeds the things which are written in it, for the time is near.”
Again, this is pretty self explanatory. The Bible tells us of the end times events. We need to be on watch as we see these begin to take place.. Pretty much everything we need to know lies within the pages of Scripture. PLUS, there is a blessing for those who study it. Who doesn’t want that? Haha
God’s Word is our sword that defends us against the evil one. Ephesians 6:17 “Take up the helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.”
The spiritual battle is real. We must be prepared. Memorizing and reading scripture is always a huge weapon against the fiery darts of the evil one. Whether I have been going through a rough time, or am just plain feeling alone, quoting and reading Scripture always comforts me and drives those negative feelings away.
God’s Word is alive and contains the power for salvation. Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation unto everyone who believes…”
God’s Word is powerful, and it contains what we need to know for salvation. We most importantly should not be ashamed of it and what it says. (Be bold!)
As a pastor’s daughter, I have grown up studying and hearing about God’s Word extensively. I also have seen what happens to a person when they so violently turn away from scripture… The results aren’t pretty. Everything in their life seems shaky, and nothing is solid. They lack the foundation and grounding that is within Scripture. I also know from personal experience to some degree… Whenever I put my Bible away and “take a break,” I become short tempered and lose the peace and joy that comes from time with the Lord.
Stay in the Word. If you’re not already actively studying the Bible, I exhort you to dust it off and pick it up… It is a huge part of what gives you clarity in this world, and is essential to following Christ. Get an accountability partner and talk to them about what you’re reading. Or even just tweet, facebook, instagram or blog about it! You never know who you could impact for Christ.