My personal motivation to you
If you read my last blog post, you will see the build up here. I challenged everyone to do the Psalm 119 Challenge so you will have a better understanding of how important the Bible is. Let me give you a few basic reasons the Bible gives that hopefully shows you its importance in your life.
The Bible Keeps Us from Sin
Finding yourself falling again? Don't worry... you're not the only one. When we focus more time on God's word we focus less time on fleshly desires. For example, personally I have a much better attitude going into work every day after reading the Word of God. Having a good attitude may not sound like much, but realize how far an attitude can take you. When people are just in a bad mood you can see how miserable they can get. I too can have bad thoughts about others, become aggravated much easier, and just focus on myself when I don't devote time to God in the morning.
The Word of God also keeps God in the forefront of our thoughts, keeping dirty thoughts further away. It's much easier to be on guard against sin when God is the main topic in you head. Sin is easy to run to when God is left behind.
I would encourage you that if you don't do this by now, start reading every morning. Even if it's only a few verses. Take the time to actually think about what God is saying and learn from it. This will sharpen your thoughts and actions for the day. This will help you put your best foot forward. This will help you live the life Christians are called to live.
Those Who Read the Word of God Are Blessed
I am truly overjoyed when I read the verses that speak of those who read/keep/walk (whatever the verb is) the law of the Lord are blessed! Me? God is blessing me? Wow! It's awesome to know and remind myself that each day I take a moment to read, I'm taking blessings from God. That blessing could simply be the Word itself. Maybe you will find that what you read will apply to that day or week. Knowing the God of Heaven is giving a blessing to those who are in His Word is just glorious!
I find this to just be a simple motivator to keep reading the Word of God. I don't want to miss a day of blessing, and no one wants that! I think that reading the Bible can also help us see the little blessings in life. Like warm clothes when its below zero outside! (God, someday please let me move closer to the warm weather...) Or money to provide in your circumstance. Or even just a home to go to each night in a country that's somewhat stable. There are so many things we forget to thank God for that He is blessing the saved and unsaved with every day!
The Bible Gives Us Knowledge
This may seem like a simple one, but I think it is forgotten and lost sometimes today. Think of the average Joe Christian. They are no theologian or pastor. They probably aren't serving in the church... actually you're lucky if they are even a member. Yeah, they say they are a Christian. You see them attend church and they are there when there is fellowship dinners or get togethers (probably for the food). You may have heard them pray a few times before, and maybe you can even see a Bible on the dash in their car.
I'm not trying to put anyone down or describe anyone in particular. Just think about how America views Christianity. Yeah, there are some fakers out there that slap the label Christian on their lives or their living styles that have ruined the name a bit, but it's not just them to blame. Think about it. The average guy or girl today that may actually be a Christian barely lives to prove it. Christians have ruined the name Christian and have turned it into a goody lifestyle label. WHY? I believe the cause is from the lack of knowledge.
You see, from my own personal experiences, I can look back in my life at times I was growing. What was the cause? Reading the Word of God and grasping for understanding from God. Those were the times my life reflected Christ. The times my life did the opposite, I may have been still reading the Word of God, but I wasn't reading with the motive to grow. It was more to read because I'm a Christian so I should read the Bible. There was no real growth. I still lived in sin. Those times in life are stages of hypocrisy, and those are the moments that we ruin the name of Christianity on our own.
If only we could strive for more knowledge and understanding from God 100% of the time could we fix the name we stand for. Obviously impossible... but not something that we shouldn't strive for. Push forward to ACTUALLY understand what God is trying to communicate to you in His Word. Read other books from other wise men and learn from them. God has taught them something great enough they'd write a whole book on it; I bet it's worth reading. It gives you a reason to crack open a Bible and line up their words with Scripture.
What I am not trying to say is that everyone needs to become a theologian or pastor. That is not God's calling for all of us. Some are called simply to be a father. Some are called into the military. There is a variety of fields that God places us into for specific reasons. Just remember, read to learn. Go into your life with the motivation to gain knowledge from God, the one who is Creator and King. I'm sure His wisdom is far greater than anything else we can imagine.
The Bible Teaches Us God's Statutes
God's law is pretty critical. Critical enough that God has smote down some who have broken it. You walk dangerous ground on the other side of God's law. What do we know about God? Well, we know He knows everything, and we know that He is perfect. I think that's enough to say that God's law is probably pretty impressive if it was created under an all-knowing, perfect God. I mean, that doesn't leave any room for flaw. Keeping that in mind, if God made a law, that must also make Him.... a judge.
The Ultimate Judge
This is very crucial to understand. God is a judge (the only judge, actually and you really don't need anymore since He is perfect) and must be perfect in His judgement. God hasn't been caught for injustice yet; I doubt that's ever going to happen. So we know God is perfect, knows everything, creates a law which makes Him judge, and He never does injustice. Whoa! That's a lot to take in!!! Do you know what this means? We are in great danger! God has to punish law breakers, and I'm sure we have both broken the law.
So the bad news is God has made a perfect law knowing that no mere human could keep any of it, therefore making us lawbreakers worthy of His punishment of death. Thank God for the good news known as the Gospel. Since, as I stated earlier, no mere human could keep the law, the God-man kept it for us. Not one part of the law was broken. This perfect act of righteousness was topped off with death.
Jesus died for living perfectly; but this was not an act of defeat. This was an act of victory! He died, taking our place of eternal death, and then rose three days later proving He had conquered death! Best part of it all is that if we are Believers and the Holy Ghost is dwelling in us, we now can also keep God's statutes as they are worked into us. This is the process of sanctification. So in the end, did God make a perfect law that was impossible to keep? Yup! Did God make a way for us to be able to be justified and seen as law keepers instead of law breakers in His sight? Yup!
You know what that means? God is causing His children to do the impossible! Amazing, right? Living by the law of God is literally doing the impossible, and it's all done by God working through us.
The Word of God Saves
Lastly, which I kind of already covered this above, but the Word of God saves! Now, I stated above it's actually Jesus Christ who did the saving. Don't get confused; the Word of God is just His words. It's not like we can read His words and conjure up some magic.
What I mean is that the Bible is the tool (sword) we use to witness. It is the Bible that God uses to speak to people (that's why it's called the Word of God). Since we are not the ones that can save and it is only God, why would we try to sap up some special conveying way to speak to someone and cause them to fall in love with God? God gave us the Bible to do that! Actually, that is probably what He used to save you, right?
There is not one instance in the Bible where someone reaches the conclusion of believing and following after God until He has came to them in a divine way. Whether that was through Him speaking, someone else speaking His words, or one reading the words He wrote. Salvation only comes through God's mouth!
Think about the moment of salvation for you. God probably didn't speak to you through a burning bush or through a dream like with others in the past, but you either read His Word or heard His Word spoken and that translated into salvation. Amazing, right? God has freely given us the power to hold His Word and speak His Word to others... the Word that saves! Wrapping your head around this will cause you to realize the importance of scripture memorization.
I am not saying you have to quote scripture word for word to have saving power come to pass; but knowing Scripture is knowing salvation. If you know the key to salvation, why not share it? The Bible is God's living Word, and this is what we have to use to reach others. This also puts a greater impact on yourself. If God's Word is where you obtained life, doesn't that prove its importance?
I hope that this post was eye opening to you. If you haven't tried the Psalm 119 challenge from my last post (linked here), I would highly recommend giving it a go, as I got all of these conclusions from that chapter. Let this be the motivation to acknowledge the importance of God's Word in your personal life so that you can share it to those around you.
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Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am 20, and decided to start writing in the winter of 2017. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.