Bible reading, and Bible study are things that a lot of Christians don’t get serious about. There is definitely that honeymoon period, when one becomes a new believer, and can’t get enough of God’s word. I remember the months after I was saved not too long ago, and how much passion I had for just opening my Bible. Unfortunately for many that zeal will fade away. It’s like the new has worn off, and other things take the place of the time we should all be spending with the Lord. This article will cover some of the reasons why we should all study God’s word on a daily basis, and will turn to scripture for guidance on this matter.
Let’s first look at how the Bible describes God’s word. The first stop will take us to the book of Psalms.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105
In this verse the Psalmist refers to God’s word as his guide or road map in the way he should go. We all need such a guide. Without God’s word, our path to salvation would not be known; therefore no man would be saved. What so many people ignore is that not only is the Bible our instruction book on how we seek salvation, but it is also our instruction on how we are to live after we are given our salvation. Many believers will admit that once we reach our salvation that we are to change our lives, and follow Christ. How can we do that without the Bible? How can we do that if we do not read and study the instructions that God has given us? I urge everyone to not only read your Bible daily, but study it. Really dig into the scriptures. Let God guide your steps through His word.
Why study the Bible daily? The Bible tells us to. Let us take a look in II Timothy.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15
Paul is telling Timothy to study God’s word. In the couple of verses before and after this verse, describes the reason we must study God’s word. If we do not, then we open ourselves up to being deceived by those who are wicked. By studying our King James Bible we may learn sound doctrine, identify false doctrine, protect ourselves from false doctrine, and go in the way that the Lord would have us go. We can only become a approved workman that does not need to be ashamed if we take the time to study what God would have us do.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16
This verse written by the apostle Paul pretty much says it all. Where did our scripture come from? From God. Why were we given scripture? To adopt doctrine which God approves of, identify our errors, to correct us from our errors, and to teach us to do the will of God so that we may be righteous in His eyes. This verse is one that I think of and refer to regularly. This verse instructs me to examine myself, to make sure I am doing right in God’s eyes, and tells me to seek scripture to correct me when I am wrong. I also use this verse as justification to examine doctrine. This verse is my authority to identify false doctrine, and call it out. When I think of things such as the prosperity gospel, encounter the people who use ” thou shalt not judge” out of context, and of course the false doctrines of the new Bible versions, this verse gives me justification to correct and confront such false doctrines. For me this is a very powerful, and instructive verse of the Bible; which is why I included it in this article.
The armor of God. Veteran Christians know what this is, and maturing Christians will learn through Bible study. If you do not know about the Full Armor of God, please read Ephesians 6:11-17. These verses tell us to put on the Full Armor of God, and describe what it is. One of my favorite pieces of this armor is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Every Christian must be prepared to do battle with the wicked. These wicked people do the work of Satan himself, a very formidable foe for us Christians. The armor of God is meant to protect us. It allows us to have victory over Satan, and the temptations of sin. For me the sword is my favorite piece of armor. My sword has seen it’s share of battles, and has never failed me. I have won victory after victory against Satan’s temptations by turning to the Word. It is Jesus who gave us the word, and is the Word that give us our weapon for battle. I use my King James Bible as my razor sharp sword to defend my Bible against the perversions of the new versions. I use my sword to destroy temptation, and Satan’s evil attempts to destroy my life. But, if we do not know how to use our sword, how effective can it be? By studying the Bible we learn how to use our sword, and prepare ourselves for the battles to come. I urge you all to dive into scripture, and learn to use your sword. You can bet the Devil knows how to use his weapons, so make sure you know how to use your sword.