Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
January 2018 is in the books. May I ask, “How are those New Year’s resolutions you made coming along?” That desire to get back to the gym to lose those pesky pounds or read that book? As a saved child of God, there are certain things in which we need to continually grow.
Lack wisdom? God can help with that:
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Her value cannot be overstated. But to obtain wisdom, God does not hide or make it difficult:
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Jesus was tempted in the desert after forty days and nights of fasting. Every temptation was met with a biblical response:
Luke 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
RA Torrey, a famous preacher once said there are three steps to obtaining a true desire for reading God’s Word. Duty, discipline and delight. Begin with this thought that I will make reading God’s Word my sacred duty to complete each day. Allow that duty to grow into a discipline that will grow into delighting in His Word.
Because the Bible is not some dead literary collection, it is alive.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
That word ‘quick’ means alive. It has power. It gives discernment to the reader. It will fully accomplish everything God set out to do.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Making your bible reading a discipline and continually adding meditation to the things you read will not only become a delight, but will engage your heart and spirit as well.
Psalm 39:3 “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,”
When you engage in someone’s passion, they will talk forever. Find a subject you know little about and we will struggle with five minutes of conversation. God wants us to continually feast on His Word.
I come every day with expectation to find just what God is going to give me to give you – and that order is important. I must first receive it for myself to have something to give to others. To leave out the first is self-promotion. To leave off telling others is disobedience. We must always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
This world needs to see you and I on fire for God. That will not nor cannot happen through what we get at church alone. We miss far more than we get and what we get is so soon lost that without a daily feeding on the Word, we grow weak and anemic. Our source of peace and love and power all comes from the Word of God.
Everyone today is touting some new elixir to lose fat and gain muscle. Others are promoting ways to get rich quick and still others with ways to find something only God can truly give – happiness and true joy.
My friend, if you were called on to testify just what it was you received from God by what you read, what would that be exactly? Sit down on purpose and read on purpose by a steady diet of God’s Word. You will find that there are things you may have never seen before, heard before or realized God has something to say in His Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
God can and will fill your toolbox with everything you need for today. All we really need to do is show up and dig in!