The Bible is the most sold book in the World and the least read by most who own it. In fact statistics tell us that 82% of those who own a Bible do not read it regularly.
Someone once said; ďThe Bible contains the mind of God. The Bible states the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of the believer. Read it to be wise; believe it to be saved, practice it to be holy. It is the travelers map, the pilgrimís path, the pilots compass and the soldierís sword. Read it slowly; read it frequently and read it prayerfully.Ē There is no book in the world like it.
There is no book like it, in which God choose to reveal Himself through some 40 writers over a period of some 1500 years, telling one story. God choose to reveal Himself through this book. There is none other like it. No where else does 40 authors write telling one story, being consistent, hiding nothing, though the writers were from shepherds, prophets, kings, and even a tax collector, from the uneducated to highly educated. It was written from different parts of the world, from Europe to Asia to
Babylonia. Though written so long ago, yet it remains relevant today.
66 books, 40 writers, over 1500 years of time, but it contains not many subjects, but one, not many themes, but one. The O.T. tells us to look forward to His coming. Jesus said that Abraham saw his day, 2000 years earlier. It contains the story of Godís redemption from beginning to end. The unity of it baffles human wisdom. It challenges all enemies. Its unity goads its opponents. Every prophecy that says, ďthus saith the LordĒ has come to pass with precision. History proves that people either have loved it or hated it. Either the Bible changed peopleís lives or they tried to change it, to banish it and yet they are all dead and the Word of God continues on.
The irony that you canít escape is that those who canít get the word, if they can, devoir it, they crave it. What despots and atheists and dictators have failed to accomplish, is being accomplished by ďChristiansĒ today. By their not reading it, believing it or obeying it, we are doing what atheists, infidels, agnostics and apostates have failed to accomplish.
We have lost the importance of the Word of God in our daily lives. How can we claim to love Jesus and say we have received Him as savior and can spend all our time, playing golf, socializing, watching TV, exercising, going to sports and more, but no time reading the Scriptures?
One of the reasons that people do not read, believe, obey and practice the Word of God in
today is that for the past four decades in this country, church leaders, preachers and pastors have dumbed down the Bible. They use it as an icon but donít believe its content. They donít believe it is authoritative and infallible, that it is perfect, holy and specifically Godís word and revelation to His people with absolutes, such as absolute morals. America
Here is an example: 85% of students in one of Americans largest evangelical seminaries do not believe in the inerrancy of the scripture.† Poll after poll says that some 70% of the preachers in
do not believe in the inerrancy of the Scriptures and then you wonder why only 18% of professing Christians read their Bible regularly. Also, it is a fact that as more translations have been made, fewer people read the Bible. That has been a pattern and it shows that the purpose of all the different translation has been accomplished, which is to confuse and get people to stop studying and believing it because that was the only way that the Roman Catholic church could bring back into her grasp and influence all those who left because of the Protestant Reformation. The Ecumenical movement started producing new translations from the beginning. Today hardly an protestant believes and knows that Roman Catholicism is not just a sister Christian denomination, no more different than any other protestant denomination. America
Yet, The Word of God is the only Food for the Soul. Sermons are fine, books are fine, but the Word of God is the only pure and true and infallible Word from God. Deuteronomy 8:3 ďÖman doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.Ē This was so significant that Jesus quoted this to Satan. That is the food for our soul.
Job 23:12 ďNeither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.Ē Wow! How many meals do we miss for our body? Yet how many days do we go without the Word of God for feeding our souls and we allow ourselves to be satisfied with crumbs. Isaiah 55:2 ďWherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.Ē
The reason we have a spiritual famine in the church today is because Godís people are spiritually malnourished to the point of anemia. They go to church but only hear a social gospel, a feel good pat on the back, a psycho-babble message, but little truth and doctrine that can change their lifestyle and life.
The Word of God is a Mirror for our inner being. James 1:22-25 ďBut be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.Ē This is probably why most donít want to spend time in it and because they know that it is a mirror and they donít want to see certain things in their lives reflected in the Word of God, that being their sin and rebellion against God. They donít want to see and face things that they know in their lives are not right before God. Most of us donít want to confront our failures and sins because if we do, then we have to face the reality that we need to do something about that which we know we are doing that is not pleasing or acceptable to God.
God wants us to not hide or run from our failures, but to face them and confront them. We donít want to confront our double standards, our compromises and our complacency, so we stop looking in the mirror. We think, Iíll just listen to preaching and Christian music and songs (have you noticed that most ďChristianĒ radio stations donít play music that really has power and deals with our lives and makes us confront the reality of truth. Itís all to make the listener feel good and cause them to swing and sing in their flesh no different than people in a bar or on a dance floor.) Are you looking into the mirror of the Word regularly? If you donít see your imperfections, like seeing those wrinkles in the mirror, you wonít do anything about it.† But most donít want to do something about their spiritual image in the mirror so they ignore it and donít look closely into the mirror. Do you go to work without looking in the mirror, without washing and combing your hair, without dressing neatly and doing whatever you do to get read and be presentable to co-workers? We will pay attention to our physical appearance, some for an hour a day, but wonít spend any time or effort on our spiritual appearance before God.
Because ďbelieversĒ donít want to be totally real and honest before God about their spiritual condition and walk before Him, is why Christians donít want to read, study, meditate, learn and obey the Word of God. They donít want to find out the facts and reality about their life and lifestyle. They want to pretend that everything is okay, though it isnít. They go to church on Sunday morning or whatever, they do this or that and so they arenít so bad after all. It is something to appease their conscience and give them an excuse and cover-up so they can say, Iím going to church, Iím doing this and that, just like the Pharisees in Jesus day, who worked also to look outwardly good and holy, but inwardly, their hearts were not right before God and it was all a religious faÁade and pretense, a show. They donít murder or steal or curse in Godís name. Right, so they are okay. Iím fine because Iím not like the bum on skid row, strung out on dope. This is a lie from the pit of hell. Salvation is not by a few religious works or actions and pretenses.
Hebrews 4:12 ďFor the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Ē The Word of God judges your thoughts and attitudes, my thoughts and attitudes and that is what is most important to God; not what we do, but why we do it. Going to church, paying, tithing and singing in the choir and all other religious activities are meaningless and worthless if our heart is not right and we are not doing what we do out of a love for God and obedience to His Word. All else is the wood, hay and stubble that will burn. Besides, that only applies to those who are at least saved. Most who trust in their religious activity and their denomination and preacher and many other things have never come to repentance and salvation, so the motives donít even matter for they cannot receive a eternal reward for their works when they have not even been saved, for their religious works cannot save them and that is why there will be many religious people in hell. They trusted in their religion rather than repenting, putting their faith in Christ and walking in obedience to His Word.
The Word of God is water for cleansing. Ephesians 5:26 ďThat he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.Ē The Word is like a shower for your soul. No matter how dirty you feel, when you hit the water and take a bath, you will feel clean afterward. So the Word will cleanse your lifestyle by showing you the things you need to change and the things you need to stop doing and remove from your life. That doesnít come from you initial repentance of your past sins, but in your new lifestyle that is being changed as it is governed by the Word of God and your mind is being renewed by the Word of God.
Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing all the dirt and things that need to be done and then not being able to do anything about it. That would bring frustration and horror. If we were left there in that condition after seeing ourselves in the Word, it would be terrible. In reality, most know what the Word will tell them and that is why they donít read it, so as to avoid dealing with the real issues in their lives Ė being a kind of the old Ďout of sight, out of mind.í If I donít think about it, if I donít face it, if I donít admit it is real and exists, then maybe it doesnít. But thank God, the Word doesnít just show us that we have a problem and then leave us cold. It is not only a mirror, but water that is able to cleanse and wash our soul and life. It not only shows us our problem, but the solution to our problems.
1 Peter 1:22 ďSeeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:Ē You purify and cleanse your life by the Word, by reading and obeying the truth. Now, that you looked in the mirror and went under the shower and the mirror showed you that you have bitterness in your heart; the Holy Spirit will use the shower of the Word and pour into your heart the love of Christ to cleanse that bitterness from your soul so that you will no longer be full of anger or bitterness. What the mirror shows you, the shower of the Word can cleanse, when applied and used by the Holy Spirit to convict and cause us to change our ways. If the mirror shows discontentment, the shower of the Word can bring joy and refreshing. If the mirror reflects immorality, the shower will cleanse you and make you pure in your life and motives. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God we read, the logos and turns it into rehma and uses it to bring new faith and obedience in our lives, cleansing our lifestyle.
The Bible tells us that the Word of God is power for living. Romans 1:16 ďFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.Ē We are always looking for Power for our lives, over sickness and many other things, but we are looking for it in all the wrong places. Self improvement books and motivation books are one thing, but only the Word gives us power in our lives over sin, over temptation, over Satan, over circumstances, illnesses and to change our lives.
What the despots have failed to do in robbing the Word of God of its power and authority, Godís people are doing by not reading, not believing and not obeying the Word of God.
I pray that you will make a real decision, a permanent one, that you will not go another day without the Word of God, without allowing it to come into your soul, to feed your soul, to reveal your imperfections and sin, to cleanse your soul from sin, and to give you power over sin that you may walk in victory in your life and life a life pleasing unto the Lord.
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