Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scripture in the Christian Life – Our Daily Bread

Our Wednesday night Bible Study group just finished up a Creation documentary video series produced by the publishers of the popular daily devotional booklet titled : “Our Daily Bread”, which our local church distributes to our members and visitors to help spend time in the Word of God and some quiet time alone with the Lord. Why? “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” – Psalm 19:7-9.

I read that most Christians spend little time in the Word of God, and this is a great tragedy in missed opportunities for blessing and being blessed. I know from experience that I need to spend more time in prayer and in the Word of God. The old saying is that if I get into the Word of God, then the Word of God will get into me. It is the necessary food for health and joy in our spiritual lives. “The sincere milk of the word” is for “newborn babes” and the “strong meat” is for those who are not “unskillful in the word of righteousness”. “Thy words” are also “honey to my mouth”, and “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” is the very bread by which “does man live” – Deuteronomy 8:3.

Not only are the Scriptures basic in salvation but also in sanctification and cleansing day by day: “That he might sanctify and cleanse the church with the washing of water by the word” – Ephesians 5:26. The Scriptures also provide daily guidance for those who will use their directions: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” – Psalm 119:105. Every Christian must be a seed-sowing witness, broadcasting the good news for Christ, and “the seed is the word of God” – Luke 8:11. In the Christian’s armor, the sole offensive weapon is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” – Ephesians 6:17, and this means a victorious life and testimony for the Christian who uses it. Practice your sword-work by spending some quality and quantity time in the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

In Christ, Brian

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