There is a reason the Bible is the #1 best-selling book of all time – something special happens when you study it for yourself! I don’t mean simply skimming through the pages. I mean seriously studying the Scriptures – seeking to know God, His ways, and what He wants for your life.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “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.”
There are many best-selling books from motivational and sci-fi, to self-help and mystery, but none are alive! They do not divide soul and spirit. They can’t judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. They are good for entertainment and contain great information, but they can’t reach into your mind and become a lamp for your feet and a light for your path (Psalm 119:105) giving you a personal infusion from God Himself!
Conflicts occurring in our culture challenge Christians to know God’s Word. If you don’t really know what you believe, anyone can distort the truth, and lead you in a direction counter to God’s Word and His will for your life. If the Devil distorted scripture to promote His own agenda (Matthew 4:1-11) with Jesus, we certainly can expect the same to happen to us.
If you believe God’s Word is true, seek to know what it says, what it means, and how to apply it to your life. Make a firm decision on what you believe – not based on your own feelings or culture, but based on the Word of God on the One in whom you believe – Jesus Christ.
When a person doesn’t believe Jesus Christ is Messiah who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and is coming again, it’s understandable why their views are based on culture, personal ideologies, and experiences. If you confess that you believe, your views and beliefs should be based on His Word, not yours, the culture, or any other source. Of course there may be areas where you are still growing, but even then, God’s truth stands, even when you are still working through a process.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
I urge you to find a Bible Study that helps you learn to study God’s Word for yourself. I love great teaching and I enjoy teaching the scriptures myself, but if I leave without giving listeners the tools they need to study for themselves, then my teaching is incomplete.
If you are a Christian or want to know more about God and a relationship with Jesus Christ, make a commitment to study the Bible – seriously. It also helps to find a church, Bible study, or friends who are also serious about God’s Word. God will meet you right where you are. You don’t have to get your life together first, you don’t have to fix things. You just have to decide to get to know Him through His Word. That will be the beginning of a beautiful experience with Him. When you come close to Him, things begin to change. That’s a promise! Not from me, but Him (Galatians 5:22, Psalm 34:9, Psalm 1:6)!
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