I have to be honest, I'm actually shocked by the number of people who proclaim Jesus as their Lord and Savior, yet don't have a daily Bible reading regimen. I see people who I truly believe do Love the Lord, go to church, raise their hands and sing to the Lord during worship, yet have no regular personal time in the Word of God. This actually amazes me. I cannot imagine my life without the Word of God. It gives the strength and motivation I need every single day to operate as a faith filled man. The Bible says in Psalm 119:105:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Before I came to the knowledge of Christ, I didn't realize just how dark my life truly was. I didn't realize that God had a path and plan for my life. I just figured, you live, go to work, eat, sleep, etc. It wasn't until I really started reading the Word of God daily, then I realized that His Word really is a light unto my path. I realized that I had direction for once in my life! This was so exciting to me! Feeling importance and self worth for the first time in my life was wonderful! For the first time in my life, I realized that I had wasted so many years wondering around in this world with no real purpose or direction.
I remember teachers in school telling me that every person needs to find direction in their life, yet they didn't offer a solution as to how that was accomplished. They would say things like " You can be whatever you want ", yet not tell us how to accomplish that statement. They would just tell us to go to college and figure it out from there. The truth is, they had good intentions, yet they were simply passing us on to the next set of teachers or professors in college. The College professors didn't have a clue either. They were pretty much a carbon copy of the teachers that would tell us to find direction, yet not tell us how to accomplish that. I soon realized that the reason they didn't have the answers as to HOW to find direction in life was simply because they didn't read the Word of God. I came to the realization that I needed God more than ever before. I needed His Word and His help!! By myself, I could only accomplish so much, yet with His Word, I could accomplish anything!!!!
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Once I realized that through obedience to His Word I could do whatever I truly set my mind to, I was on a path full of direction and passion! It was then that I knew that God had been waiting all these years for me to read His word and start working for His kingdom! People spend years and years wondering lost like the children of Israel in the desert waiting for God to give them direction. If only they would open their Bibles and get consumed with it, they would have all the answers they have been asking the whole time! I can attest to you that every single instance in my life where I needed a answer, it was all ready written. Every single time. Some people don't agree with that statement, yet they are the same people that think reading their Bible once a week or whenever its convenient is enough. IT'S NOT ENOUGH!
God desires a daily, committed, relationship with His people. If you only spoke to your spouse or significant other once a week or only when it's convenient to you, your relationship with that person would be rubbish. You wouldn't have any sort of relationship at all. You would have the title, yet no real understanding of each other or love for each other. This too often is the case with " Christians ". They say they believe in God, and say their saved, yet they have no real commitment or communication with God unless they need something.
I see this all the time, people pray and pray and beg God to answer their needs , yet thats the only time when they seek His attention. Then they wonder why their prayers don't get answered. IF , they were to read the Word of God, they would ALL READY know that His Word says that HE WILL supply ALL of our needs! They wouldn't be begging God to do something He all ready said He would do! This is why so many people don't believe in Prosperity or Divine Healing. They want those things in their lives, yet don't want to be obedient to Gods Word and Commandments. These people are double minded. Last week we talked about people like this. They may have good intentions, but at the end of the day they are hypocrites.
NOW.. Lets examine Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This very simple passage is crucial to understanding why Gods Word is so important!! You'll notice the Apostle Paul says the FAITH comes by HEARING. How do we hear things? The answer is so obvious and simple it would take a good theologian to complicate it. The principle applies to anything in life! For example; I bought my wife and I a Eliptical machine last night. I looked at the box , which was a lot smaller than I imagined it would be and thought, " this shouldn't be too hard to put together ".
As soon as I opened the Box and saw what looked like 8 million pieces , I realized it was going to be more work than I figured. I would like to think that the engineer in me would look at all those pieces and put it together like a simple game of Tetris. Yet, I needed direction. How did I find the knowledge I needed to accomplish this task you ask? The answer again is obvious and simple. I read the instruction manual. I want to clarify , I DID NOT simply look at the illustrations they provided and start assembling. I READ EVERY SINGLE WORD in that manual.
This is crucial. If I would have only read a little and assumed I understood the directions, I would have surely ran into issues accomplishing my task. The same is true when we read the Word of God. You CANNOT take the parts you like and ignore the rest of the Book. EVERY SINGLE word is absolute for success!!!
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this weeks Blog! I pray that It will challenge you to dive head first in the Word of God and stay there every single day of your life! I promise you, you will be blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed going in and blessed going out IF you commit to reading and applying Gods Word to your life! If you want a suggestion, I would recommend you PUT THE WORD OF GOD EVERYWHERE! I have said this before so many times, but IT WORKS!! I know that it sounds crazy, but I'm serious! Put scripture in your car! Put Scripture at your place of Work!! Put it in your bathroom! everywhere! That way, no matter where you are, you have surrounded yourself with His Word!! AND HIS WORD WORKS!! Hallelujah!
Until Next Week~
Reverend Ian Potter
Here's a picture of our shower at home.. We clean our minds with His Word while we clean our bodies!! Like I said.. We put scripture everywhere! Try it!!! You just might surprise yourself with how much it helps having His Word in your mind all day!
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.