Compared to any other habit, there is none more important in my opinion than being filled with God’s Word. There are songs and sermons that can define the moment of spiritual awakening of a generation. But they are but a shadow to the source of it all, which is God’s Word.
As Christians, we believe the Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by God and that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us. And being inspired by God, we believe the Bible in its entirety is inerrant, which means unable to be with error.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible consists of 66 books written over a period of over 1,500 years, by 40 different authors who were divinely inspired by God. And in the midst of all the different historical and cultural contexts, the most amazing part of it all is that there is a unified message of God’s plan to rescue sinners and restore all His creation back to him.
It’s important to be filled with God’s Word because through it, we come to know God as He reveals himself and also because God’s will for our lives is contained in the Bible and it affects everything in our lives. It affects our values, worldviews and perspective in life, it affects how we respond to different situations, and it affects what we choose to do and how we do it. God guides us to know Him and to know His will through what He has revealed in Scripture.
A few thoughts to consider.
- It is by God’s Word dwelling in us richly that leads us to true spiritual worship. (Colossians 3:16)
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit and being filled with God’s Word is uniquely tied together in our true spiritual worship. (Ephesians 5:18-19)
- True spiritual worship requires us to be transformed by renewing our minds, which requires our minds to be filled with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2)
- It is God’s Word that makes us wise for salvation but not just a moment of salvation. We must work out our salvation, which is the process of sanctification. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
- Sanctification, the processing of becoming more like Jesus is through God’s Word. (John 17:17)
- We work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, not because we’re trying to earn it, but it is God who is doing it. (Philippians 2:12-13)
This week, we talked about different habits from Scripture that help us to be filled with God’s Word. Those included hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, meditating and applying. Many of us shared reading the Bible together with a friend was the most helpful in terms of keeping accountability and being consistent. We also agreed that the best way to be filled with God’s Word is to walk in it.
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