Today we have a level of access to the Word of God higher than ever before in human history. On any smartphone, you can download an app with every single translation and every single version for free. The Bible has been the number one top selling book for a long period of time, making it the most printed book ever. It is the most quoted, most influential book ever written. It was written by over 40 authors, on three continents, over the course of about 1600 years, and yet still expresses one singular consistent message all through out.
AND YET there is a famine for the Word of God today like never before (Amos 8:11). What would you say if you saw a nation that had more food than they knew what to do with, but at the same time, you saw all the nations people starving to death? Well, that is us today as regards the Bible!
The Bible is more than just a decoration for our bookshelves. To be the kind of Christians God wants us to be, we need to study and obey the scriptures. If we are not familiar with the scriptures, how can we expect to spot the difference between truth and lies?
Today, there are so many people promoting their version of “truth”, but logically there can only be one truth, because truth, like math, is not relative. Thankfully for us believers, we do not have to be familiar with all the various lies to spot them. We just need to be intimately familiar with the one truth, and then counterfeits will stand right out.
We can trust the Bible to be the authority of God on earth today. How do I know this?
Well, there are mountains of evidences that make the Bible stand alone among other religious texts. Too numerous to list here, so if you are curious for more, please listen to this radio broadcast
Once you have heard this, you too will be able to say with logical and intellectually stimulating reasons that you can trust the Bible. Now, lets see what the Bible has to say about it.
Psalm 1:2-3 – but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
So if you love the Lord, and delight in His word day and night, you will be constantly refreshed and replenished instead of weary, and “whatever you do will prosper”. That does not mean you should go play the lottery after reading the Bible, but you will be blessed and lifted up daily. This is an experience that is easier to understand after you have been there, and is hard to explain. Trust me.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
So instead of stumbling around in this dark in a confusing world, the Bible can be our lantern helping us to stay on the right path and shows us the way of truth.
Psalm 119:130 – The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
You don’t have to have some seminary degree to read and understand the Bible. God has not expressed Himself in such a way that only the scholars and theologians can understand Him. While His statements can be so profound that it will keep the scholars busy for a lifetime, even the most average laymen can understand the simple doctrines in the Bible.
Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
When you love the Lord and live for His Word, you will experience a peace that transcends all understanding. I highly encourage you to read more on this by CLICKING HERE – Article on the Peace of God
2 Timothy 3:16-17 = All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
All scripture is profitable, and inspired by God, and is here to equip the believer for the work of God.
For more on this, please listen to the sermon Titled Love the Lord, and Read His Word – CLICK HERE
James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
But it is not enough to just read the Bible, though if you have not done even this much, it is a great place to start. But it does not stop at just reading the Bible, we must be “doers” of the Word. You can measure the effectiveness of your Bible study times by how much your life has been affected by it.