And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It judges our motives and the intentions of our heart. The more you are reading the Bible with an open heart that wants to change, the more it changes you. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches that the Bible is God’s very words, His breath. We use it to teach, to correct, to rebuke, and to train us for righteousness. When the Bible is a part of your life you will be equipped for every good work.
I once was in a Bible study with a person who argued that Paul’s words weren’t God’s words. She thought that his doctrine was just his personal opinions that she could take or leave. My husband and I tried to get her to see that it was God’s “opinions” not just Paul’s. Now why would that matter? It matters in so many ways. Writing off part of the Bible as non-authoritative negates all of it. We can’t pick and choose.
God’s words are difficult. In John 6 many of Jesus’ followers left because His teachings got too demanding. Jesus didn’t let up, He just turned to the twelve and said, “Do you want to leave too?” That’s when Peter said “Where else could we go? You have the words of eternal life.” It is so tempting to water God’s truths down to make them more palatable, or to just write the Bible off completely. The Bible really is God’s authoritative word. It wasn’t just for a specific time in history and culture, but His commands and principles are for us today as well.
Have you seen the Word be at work in your life? Have you tried to do something that is a little underhanded and been stopped by God’s Spirit bringing a Bible verse to your mind? Or have you woken up in the morning with the answer of what you’re supposed to do because God put it a specific Biblical principle or thought on your heart? Are you changing in a specific area, like with your temper or your profane language, and it wasn’t something you consciously did? That is the Word being at work in your life.
There are some ways that people dodge the convicting impact of the Bible. They might read books about the Bible, but not the Bible itself. Or they read other people’s devotional thoughts without going to the Bible. In Bible studies or Sunday school classes, people can rabbit trail extremely easily, talking in depth about themselves. They could be consciously or subconsciously avoiding getting into the x-ray machine of the Word. But maybe they’ve never allowed God’s words to penetrate to see how good they really are.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
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