Why Do We Read the Bible?

You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

Written by Hope on 09/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

When you are learning about Jesus Christ and about becoming His follower, Christians will suggest that you read the Bible. You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

What Is The Bible?
Thousands of years ago, God began revealing His plan to people on Earth. When people responded in “faith” (Genesis 15:6), God led them and taught them His ways. The Bible tells us Who God is, as God “revealed [His plan] to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). These plans were written in laws and holy letters. God also inspired His followers to record the great things He did in their lives, and to write about what He’s like. That means the Bible is not one message; it is a collection of God’s messages through much of human history.

The Bible Guides Your Life
God gave these messages to communicate His love and plan to save all people. God’s message changes lives. The Apostle Paul described God’s Scripture as “inspired by God, useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). Being familiar with the Bible helps you learn to trust God’s Holy Spirit, rather than yourself, so “that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17) which God calls you to.

Power From God’s Word
Jesus quoted, “‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’” (Matthew 4:4). Just as our physical bodies gain energy from daily meals, so our spiritual lives gain power from daily intake of God’s Word. God will bring to mind what you’ve read and help you overcome evil in your life. This helps you trust God for the life to come. Learn how to accept Christ so you can have power from His word today.

Pray this week:

That God will reveal His will and help you grow through His Word.

The Bible is God's love letter to you… have you read the words from your Beloved Savior today?

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Our Responsibility In Divinity

Sometimes, you find Christians who, out of ignorance, always pray and hope that God will
do something about their situation. Such people are still functioning in the human nature, instead of the divine nature. The Bible says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual….” The word “effectual” is from the Greek, “energēs,” which means “to become
active or operative.” God wants your participation in the faith to become active or operative. He wants you functioning or doing your part in divinity. He doesn’t want you lukewarm or inactive like one that’s handicapped, expecting that whatever will be, will be. No, you’re a vital part of divinity. Glory to God! This has been God’s idea all along. Look at the experience of Moses and the children of Israel by the Red Sea. As the chariots of Egypt approached them
with deadly intentions, Moses thought to pray to God for help, but God’s response was rather stunning: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (Exodus 14:15). This wasn’t the time to
start praying; the matter at hand was urgent.Acts 28:1-16
Psalms 26-29
Ephesians
1:15-23
Isaiah 43
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for your
grace that’s made me one with
you and has qualified me to be
a partaker of your divine nature.
I declare that I’m walking in
preordained paths and bearing
fruits unto righteousness, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 3:20

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