Why you need the Bible in your life.
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior around the age of 12 it was at this time that I was convicted of my sin, such as it was and the need for having the Lord of my life
Now, I am very thankful for my mother who scrimped and saved and sent me to a Christian school, now it was the high school years but those were formative years and memorizing Scripture, committing it to memory and hiding it in my heart to make it a part of my life has paid such dividends that, well I can never repay my mom for having made that sacrifice.
One of the things I discovered after going through my young adult life and coming back to a deeper relationship with the Lord, was the fact that I needed the word of God in order to live out the kind of life that God wanted me to live.
The fact is that I need to develop doctrine; I needed to develop a belief system that would serve any situation.
Now did this make me sin free?
No, I can’t make that claim but the one thing that it did do for me is help me know what I believe that I may be able to know the truth from the lie, and this is what Paul tells Timothy:
In second Timothy chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 (I would recommend reading the entire chapter 3) but verses 16 and 17 says
“all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching for reproof for correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete equipped for every good work.”
The Bible is needed in our lives, it’s needed in your life to be able to equip you to live the kind of life that God wants you to live, and to give me the conviction and the correction to know what is right what is godly and to reject what is against God.
You know we don’t like being corrected and we certainly don’t like training.
I know that I find physical exercise not as pleasant as I would like, spiritual exercise is no different.
It requires that we read the entire Bible, that we don’t just read the parts that we like.
You know maybe our favorite gospel or several of the epistles that really appeal to us that we tend to read over and over again.
There some people that read the Psalms on a regular basis, they cycle through all the Psalms, while others (like the advice I was given as a young man) we read through the Proverbs because let’s face it there 31 Proverbs that match up with 31 days in some of the months.
Really, we should be reading the entire word of God; we should have the whole counsel of God that includes all of his word.
Because, while the Lord has given us grace and mercy to overcome our sin He wants us to be trained in righteousness, He wants us to be equipped for every good work.
So, I believe to live the Christian life requires that we read, study and memorize the word of God.
Too often, most Christians can be found not to have ever memorized any scripture at all.
Too many disciples of Jesus Christ have failed to memorize the words of Jesus Christ, the fact is we need to keep reading our Bibles through at whatever pace we’re comfortable with.
That reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation even the parts that bore us to tears, the parts are filled with names and other things, you know the law and things that seem boring, we need to read it anyway.
We need to take the time to unpack it, to understand it and this takes work.
It is not something that we should take lightly.
We should be consuming the word of God because it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.
We need this training, we need this teaching in our lives and it’s not to be found by only attending church once a week.
It’s not to be found attending church twice a week. We need to commit ourselves to a systematic study of Scripture and we should not leave out anything because all Scripture is breathed out by God.