“As it is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.'”Matthew 4:4
There is a lie that is accepted far and wide in the church. It is one that, if by the power of the Holy Spirit, were examined and despised, would lead to the changing of many lives for the good of the kingdom. I believed it, and you might too. I’m scared it is stunting our growth and making the Church incredibly vulnerable to temptation. It seems we’ve convinced ourselves we aren’t in need of armor anymore. We’ve given in to the lie that every Christian can sustain themselves spiritually through worship music, occasional prayer, and small group meetings… but not on the Word of God.
This is what distinguishes the true Follower of Christ from the Christian. The True Follower of Christ is constantly washing themselves in the truths of Scripture, and is in love with the Bible in all its awesomeness. There is a daily desire to get alone with God and chew on the promises He’s laid out for us. There is nothing like cracking open a perfect book full of truths and learning about the One who created all of the veins in your body, the streaks of cloud in the sky, and the mossy dirt beneath you. There is nothing like reading the exact words of God, which are able to bring unimaginable comfort to your troubled body (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
All of Scripture is infallible. It is without error and should be completely relied upon when making decisions about life and personal beliefs. It can be trusted and is sure to bring its reader closer to reality. The Bible is the true source of Joy and sustenance for the follower of Christ, and it is what we rely upon to grow and mature in our relationship with our Creator (2 Timothy 3:16). Think about how blessed we are to have such abundant access to it now! Not only do we have a large book filled with knowledge about the Author of Life, but for those who personally know Him as Lord, we have His Spirit living within us! How amazing is that! How contrasted that is to the situation of those living in Old Testament times, who had neither (Except maybe a copy of the Law, the first few books in the Bible)! I pray the Lord would turn our hearts in submission to Him in this way. That we would be so in love with Him, the same way a newlywed couple can’t get enough of each other, that no one would have to remind us to read our Bibles! That we would do it because the Holy Spirit of the Almighty God lives in. Our. Bodies.
Because we want to!
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”Psalm 1:1-3