If I told you that you could hear God speak to you personally from His Word would you be interested? Would you be curious to find out more if I told you that the living God knows your name and He even knows what you are doing right now? What if I told you that God has the power to overcome any difficulty that you face? Would you be amazed to know that God, the creator of heaven and earth and all that is in it, desires a personal relationship with you?
You are truly missing out if you are not reading God’s Word, the Bible! You can know that God exists through creation, but only by reading the Bible can you know God and how to have a personal relationship with Him in Christ Jesus. The Bible is the revelation of God, Christ is the message, and the Holy Spirit is the author. Only the Bible is inspired by God and it says:
You must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is how God chose to communicate with us. God, your Creator, knows you and He wants you to know Him! It is impossible to know someone you do not spend time with. Only by reading the Bible will you know who God Is; what He likes and dislikes, and what His will is for your life.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24
If you do not know God from the Bible, you do not know God!
Make a Commitment
Jesus said: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Luke 21:33
We all want our lives to matter; to be involved with something bigger than ourselves. Stop for a moment and reflect on what is most important to you each day. How much of what you do has eternal value?
Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89
We always find time to do what is important to us so our daily choices tell us the truth about our priorities. We may want to read the Bible, but our good intentions typically end in failure and guilt as the myriad of daily interruptions prevail. Without a commitment to seek God, we too easily become like Martha in the Bible who was worried and distracted about many things.
How about you? Is your first thought in the morning your “to do” list for the day? This should be a warning to you that your earthly life has taken priority over your spiritual life. If you ignore the warning signs, your Bible will continue to collect dust and your prayer life will be non-existent. When you lose your connection with God, the enemy has a field day! Jesus gently reminded Martha and He reminds us that that only He is necessary; only He is needed.
Jesus said: “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
When we do not stay connected to God through His Word, we starve ourselves spiritually. The Word of God tells us how to refocus.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2
Ask God now to help you make a commitment to set aside time each day to spend with Him; to be like Mary who sat at Jesus feet resisting the continual “to do“ list that had consumed Martha. Ask God for His help to emphasize the eternal over the temporal; to walk by faith, not by sight.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
How Do I Begin?
The best way to begin to put God first is to pray and rely on God to help you choose a time and place to read the Bible. Ask Him to help you commit to this time and to be consistent. Believe that God will redeem the time you spend with Him. From personal experience, when I choose to put God first, He always stretches my time. This is a personal relationship with God and He wants you to know Him.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him. He is the one who teaches us and gives us understanding as we read and study the Bible. Ask the Lord to teach you every time you open your Bible and then expect Him to.
Jesus said: “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:25-26
Spiritual things will never come naturally! Therefore, always ask for God’s help and do not rely on human effort to achieve spiritual goals. Sin is our human default position and it is set to please ourselves and others, not God. Because of the flesh, we are conditioned to rely on what we can see, touch and feel, but the Christian life is lived by faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The Words I have spoken to you, they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. John 6:63-64
Expect a spiritual battle when you decide to walk by faith and trust God. The devil, God’s enemy, will try to discourage you and keep you too busy to read the Bible. Satan will also attempt to discourage you by telling you that the Bible is just too hard for you to understand so it is useless to try. Trust God and don’t believe the devil’s lies because his goal is to keep you focused on earthly things. When you put God first, be prepared for obstacles, persevere in Christ and do not lose heart.
Jesus said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Obey God’s Word
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
God puts a high priority on knowing Him personally and living a life that reflects Him in the world. Those who believe God, believe His Word and obey it. One of the biggest dangers is to read and study God’s Word and not apply it to your life. Only those who know God from His Word and obey Him truly know God.
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own, they belong to the Father who sent me.” John 14:23-24
Pray for your heart to receive and your will to desire to obey God’s Word. You do not want to study the Bible and remain unchanged.
Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
Believe God’s Word and then rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to obey God’s Word.
Hear God Speak to You from His Word
Jesus is the Word
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
God’s Word is truth
For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:4, 6
God’s Word reveals God’s love
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God’s Word will transform you
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. Hebrews 4:12
God’s Word helps you mature in Christ
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2
God’s Word will keep you from sin
I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
God’s Word will comfort you
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God’s Word will strengthen you
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
God Word will guide you
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
When you believe God’s Word you have everything you need!
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Father God, I want to know you from your Word. Help me to be more aware of your Presence by staying connected to you through prayer and Bible study. Empower me by your Holy Spirit to make You and your Word a priority in my life.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Expect God to Speak to You from His Word and Transform your life!
Personal Bible study for “God’s Word Speaks!”
Week 1: Psalms 12:6; 18:30; 25:4-5; 29:3-11; 33:4-11; 86:11; 119:9-18, 25-37, 57, 65-68, 73-74, 89, 101-105, 129-133, 137-138, 147, 150-152, 160, 165, 168-169
Week 2: Proverbs 8:32-36; Isaiah 55:6, 8-11; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Matthew 4:4; Luke 6:46-49; 8:11-15; 10:38-42; 11:27-28; 21:33; John 1:1, 14; 5:24; 6:63; 12:44-50; 14:6-7, 15-17, 23-26; 17:6-8, 14-19
Week 3: Romans 10:17; Ephesians 1:15-21; 6:10-18; Colossians 1:9-10; 3:1-2, 16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 11:6; James 1:22
Week 4: 2 Timothy 3:14-17; James 1:22-25; 1 Peter 1:14-16, 22-25; 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:1-4, 20; 3:17-18; Revelation 1:1-3; 22:6-7
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