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Is reading your Bible a priority to you?
While this may not even seem like a logical question to some, it is worth asking, for there are many believers who do not spend much time feeding and feasting upon the good Word of God. As a minister of the Gospel for over thirty years, I am not speaking without merit. It is a proven fact that some do not yet grasp the value and importance of God’s Word in relation to their daily lives, and life in general for that matter. Perhaps some even wonder if the Bible is relevant.
Let me assure you, however, that the Word of God is more relevant than anything on this planet. God’s Word is so up to date that it gives us the end from the beginning, and all the in-between.
If we desire to know Jesus better, and to dwell in the sweet Presence of God consistently, we will have to learn how to spend time with Him in His Word. I count His Word and His Presence my most prized possessions. Job said that He esteemed God’s Word more than his necessary food. (See Job 23:12) This meant that Job treasured God’s Word more than the food he needed to be sustained by. Does His Word mean that much to us?
Do we take the time, on a daily basis, to open His Word and see what Father has to say? We really have no excuse for not doing so. The Word of God is now available on so many devises and in so many ways that we can feed on His truth at any time. His Word is still the number one best-selling book in history, and this in itself proves that God’s Word is more necessary than anything else. We need His Word. Well, it is available in paper format, on cds, dvds, and even on jump-drive. His Word can be downloaded on our tablets, Ipads and phones. I know, for I have a Bible on my phone. This generation really has no excuse for not reading and paying attention to God’s Word.
It is interesting, and sad, that while many claim they desire to hear from God, they would not take the time to sit in His Presence and read what He has to say. They ignore their Bibles, while they chase after some prophet or prophetess for a “right now word from God.” You cannot receive more of a right now Word from God than when you open your Bible to see what God is saying. The Bible is God speaking to us. His Written Word is more sure than any word you may hear from someone saying they are speaking in His Name. If what someone is telling you is not in line with His Word, then it is not God anyhow.
If we truly desire to hear what Father has to say, we can find out by feasting upon His Word daily, meditating in His truths until the Blessed Spirit of God opens and unveils the Word to us. The Word will then become a lamp unto our feet indeed, and a light unto our paths. (See Psalms 119:105)
How do we spend time with God? We spend time reading, studying and meditating in His Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to make the Word alive within us. He is the Author of the Word, so He knows what the Father is saying to us. Prayer is the way that we talk to God. Feeding upon His Word is the major and number one way that He speaks back to us. All of the other ways He communicates with us – dreams, visions, the witness of the Spirit within, our conscience, and having others bring us a word of confirmation – are subject to His Word, and not the other way around. If His Word says something, then God is saying what His Word says. He and His Word are One. His Word is how He communicates with us, while prayer is how we communicate with Him.
Do you desire to hear what God is saying about your issue? Then seek Him in His Word. Do you need Him to give you wisdom to deal with a particular situation of circumstance? Your answers are in His Word. Perhaps you need healing of body or soul? His Word will bring healing to you. Jesus said regarding Mary’s decision to sit at His feet and listen to His Word, “She has chosen that better part, which shall not be taken away from her.” This shows the power of the “Abiding Word!” When His truths are in our hearts, we can be assured that we have what we need to make it, regardless of what we may face. Let us then partake of this bountiful meal the Lord has provided for us as His children. Let us eat and enjoy the precious Word of God every day, and allow Him to direct our steps. His Word upholds all things. Surely, it will uphold us as well! Reading your Bible daily will make a “marked difference” in your life.
Let us Pray:
Dear Father, give us great hunger for Your Word. Open Your Truths to our hearts. Grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in Your Word. Your Word is alive. Let it live big within our hearts. We thank You for this, for we pray in Jesus Name. Amen