If God is God whom He says He is, (through the Holy Bible (Scriptures)), that is through the inspired writings of God the Holy Spirit to men that God before hand had chosen to write, then we are a most humbled being to know the God of Truth and Love and how loving God is toward those who diligently seek Him through His beloved Son, Jesus, Yeshua, the messiah. This is truly why the Bible is called “The Good News” not only to Christians, but to everyone who has a need to hear God’s good news.
I know that not all Christians believe all scripture is from God, and that’s apparent in what we are seeing in some Christian denomination doctrine wanting to take out some of the books of the bible. But, assuming that we all, as Christians do believe with our hearts what Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16,17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be perfectly equipped for every good work,” then every verse in the Bible is believed inspired by God for men to read for doing all good works.
I didn’t always believe this verse, so my knowledge of God’s word had quite a few holes in it. (My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge … Hosea 4:6). I once heard that this kind of mentality for the scriptures as a “buffet style” faith in scriptures, or, pick and choose what you want to believe and leave the rest. That seemed good enough for me back then, however, it was also foolish of me. That’s like going hunting with a shot gun but thinking I don’t need shells, or, going fishing having a rod, reel and line but no hook, fly or bait.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The other day I heard faith put this way, “Faith is birthed out according to our relationship with God.” I believe this is true. Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The word was powerful enough to run the devil off while Jesus was fasting in the wilderness, why not the word helping us now when we are in most need?
As my faith began to grow from the time I received Jesus Christ into my life in 1970, and later as I began to see Truth in most all the scriptures I heard or read, I later realized that after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1973, as Paul talks about in Acts 8:12-17, that all scripture is inspired by God. It took for me receiving the help from the Holy Spirit in my life in a new and powerful way to really understand what God meant when he spoke the words to the writers of the word of God, Old and New Testament. It’s as though God provides us a spiritual interpreter to give us revelation to what God meant when he inspired the writers to write His words.
Jeremiah talks about the same thing when he wrote in chapter 31, verse 33 and 34, quoting God, “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their God and they will be My people.
And they will no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother saying, Know the Lord, for they will all know me and recognize me from the least to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.”
You know, today with all the Bible apps for your phone, the Bible websites and blogs on the Bible, the Bible is so much more available to us and interesting to study. When I first got Jesus in my life, there were only a few versions of the bible out there and they were often times hard to read for me. Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can read the scriptures and understand much more, plus just the availability of finding the bible with the flick of a finger on your smart phone.
I know not everyone has a smart phone. I hadn’t one until this past year, but, I find it is well worth the extra that I pay for it. Now, when I have to wait for this or that, I just pull out my phone and in seconds, I’m at a daily devotional or just continuing to read where I left off in the Word of God.
I hope that 2014 will be a great year for all and reading our bibles will draw us closer to the Father’s heart. I hope and pray that Jesus will come into our lives in a more real, truthful way as we spend more time reading and studying our bibles to show ourselves approved.
I pray God will fulfill our heart’s desires as we delight ourselves in Him and seek Him while He may be found. May the Lord bless us with Peace, Joy and Love as we reach to Him with our whole heart and soul through the Word of God read by ourselves or when the Word of God is heard as it’s preached. May the Lord God bless our needs through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mark Conway is a Christian evangelist living in Sterling with his wife Maryna. They host a retreat for men in July and a retreat for women in the late fall or late spring. You can reach Mark through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.