"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
What can Bible do for you?
We’re just about ½ of the way through the G90X challenge that was originally laid down by Greg Stier. I’ve really enjoyed pressing on and reading through the Bible in a short period… it has, of course, been very helpful in my spiritual walk… I’ve continued to gain a deeper and deeper appreciation for just how precious of a gift God’s Word is.
Here at the (almost) half-way point let’s take a look at some of the benefits God has promised those who will dive into His Word, the Bible:
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
What this is saying is that God’s word reveals what is truly inside us… I’ve heard some people compare it to doing spiritual surgery! Allow me to expand on that idea a little, God’s Word skillfully opens us up in a way that nothing else can and then removes spiritual cancers from our lives and, if we allow it to, it will even do spiritual cosmetic surgery on us as well… In other words… if we will read and obey what God has told us in the Bible (cf. James 1:22) God will use it to remove sin from our lives and then transform us to be and do more like Jesus! Isn’t that AWESOME?!?!
How does it do this? 2 Timothy 3:13-17 says:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We need to not only read it, but also memorize and meditate upon it so that we can let us teach us what we need to know… rebuke us when we sin… correct our bad attitudes… and train us in how to relate to other people and to God…
If you are in the middle of the G90X with us… keep it up… if not, then please put some plan into motion to help you engage in God’s Word more than you are today… it will change your life… I promise.