Do You Believe the Bible is God’s Word and is it Important to You?

STRENGTHENING & GROWING IN YOUR FAITH

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How important do you think the Bible is? Is it important enough to you to make it a priority over schoolwork, your favorite TV show and time with your friends? The majority of us approach the Bible as an aftermath. We read it, study it and think about it’s teachings when it’s convenient or after we’ve finished with everything else on our “to-do” list for the day. We see entertainment and our personal interests as more important than the Word of God.

If we truly understand how important the Bible is, would we make it more of a priority? It’s hard to make the scriptures precedent. We’re busy, we want to have fun and we have other responsibilities. But, the reality is that our primary responsibility is to the Lord and if we engage more with His Word, all other things will line up accordingly.

It’s easy to excuse the Bible because it’s hard to understand and it may not seem relevant to our life. We spend more time reading devotionals or other things about God than we do His actual Word. All these commentaries or concepts are based on the Word of God, so at some point, we need to go directly to the resource so we can start analyzing and understanding it for ourselves – not through the eyes of another person. The Bible is the ONLY book that has existed for this length of time. If it was written to be relevant 100 years ago, 500 years ago and 2000 years ago, surely it’s relevant today. If we brush it off as being irrelevant, then we’re not willing to believe that God transcends beyond time. Of coarse He exists and is relevant outside of time because He’s the creator of time.

What the Bible Says About Itself

Let’s look at some Scripture that God uses to describe His Word.

After being tempted by the Devil (before His ministry began) Jesus proclaimed that scripture comes directly from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). He also says that we cannot survive off of food alone, but in fact we need the Word of God to survive. Satan will try to destroy us, so we need to know God’s Word to be able to stand against the schemes of the Evil One. Galatians also speaks about how scripture has control over sin. If we know His Word, then we know the truth about our lives here on earth as well as in heaven. This gives us perspective when we’re faced with the pressures of this world. “But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:22)

2 Peter 1:20-21 talks about how scripture is not a matter of one’s own interpretation, but that men were moved by the Holy Spirit who spoke directly from God. Along the same lines, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 talks about the designation of Scriptures being from God, not from man. We must accept the Bible for what it is in order for it to come alive and become relevant in our lives. It’s the direct Word of God. He spoke it into being.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” John 17:17 says that the Word of God is truth. This is important because it’s His Word that makes us holy (the church uses the word sanctified, which means we’re set apart for God.) We will be, look and act differently than the rest of the world because God is setting us apart for something incredible. He has a unique purpose and identity for His people. John 17:14-16 talks more about how knowing the Word makes us distinct in this world. Because of that visible difference, the world will not like us. Often the world wants to separate itself from us due to jealousy or fear. Deep down, they know that God is in control and they push us away as an act of pushing God aside as well. It’s Gods Word that places us in the Kingdom of Heaven and takes us from where we don’t belong to where we do!

Scripture will convict us and hold us accountable to pursue the goodness of God. The Bible is alive and active; it will always penetrate deep into our hearts and minds. We will always be able to learn something and gain something from its text. “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.” (Hebrews 4:12)

God’s word is a place for us to take refuge. It is where we go for guidance when we’re under pressure, oppression or stress. The Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy discusses how the Word of God is law. He has given us this book to direct our path, guide our life and give us direction to keep us away from harm. It breaks through any chain we create for ourselves or that is created by outsiders.

Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5) God’s scriptures are perfect. People spend their lives trying to disprove God and the Bible. In reality, the Scriptures are the most accurate, best-translated communication for our current language. It’s the only document that captures the capacity of God’s direct Word.

All things on this earth will perish and die, except for the Word of God. Scriptures have existed from the beginning of time and they will exist forever. They are important and relevant even in heaven. Isaiah 40:8 says that the Word of God endures forever, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

Since the Bible is God’s Word – How do You Respond?

There are 66 books in the Bible. How many of those do you know? How many do you think God wants you to know? How many books do you read in a year, in middle school, high school and college? Certainly, you’re required to read more than 66 books during your entire education. So, surely you can find time to read all 66 books of the Bible during your school career. Some people read the entire Bible in a year. For some, it takes twelve to twenty years to read the entire Bible. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to read all 66 books. The important thing is that you’re engaging with the Word of God intimately and on your own, so in your lifetime, you can know Him and His Word by having a deeper understanding of those 66 books.

If the Bible is what it says it is, how important is it that you not only engage with it, but also implement its teachings into your life? Do you realize how serious the Bible is? Do you treat it with the dignity and respect it deserves? If it really comes directly from the mouth of God, are you making it a priority in your life?

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