What about Reading the Bible?
Born Again - to know God
God has saved us so that we can have fellowship with him and he with us. As we get to know him more, our fellowship with him deepens and grows, and he becomes more and more precious to us.
There are two most important ways that we build our relationship with God - reading his Word and through prayer.
God's Word to us
The author of the Bible is God, the Holy Spirit. Its central figure and theme is the Lord Jesus Christ. Over a period of around 1,500 years God inspired his people to write down what he wanted the world to know, and this is how the Old and the New Testaments came into being.
Their words will last for ever. Look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The authority of God's Word
Above all, 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 (2Peter -21).
In these verses Peter tells us that the Biblical writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit, so it is vital that we respond correctly to God's Word, and act accordingly.
God's Word - its work in our lives
Read 2Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We see here four things God's Word will do for us? Make a note of what they are.
Can you see that God's Word will:
Teach us about God and how to live as Christians.
Reprove us, that is, tell us off when we do things wrong.
Correct us, that is, show us how to do things God's way instead of our own.
Train us in righteousness, that is, help us to learn more about God and help us continue as successful Christians.
Note also the purpose of this: (vs.17): so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Being obedient to God's Word
God wants us to be obedient to his Word.
Jesus said that if we love him we will obey what he says, but notice there is a blessing as a result This is what Jesus said: "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" (John ).
Elsewhere, Jesus shows us further benefits of obedience: "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Building on the Rock
Our lives need a strong foundation and God's Word provides just that. Jesus told the parable of two men and their response to his Words. One built his house on the sand and the other built his house on the rock (see Matthew -27). The first was likened to one who heard God's Word and ignored it, and the other to one who sought to put God's Word into practice. The difference between the two men is simply the decision they made, but the difference in the results is a telling contrast.
Meditating on God's Word
Bible meditation, unlike Eastern meditation which is passive and harmful, is active and allows the Holy Spirit to teach us, reveal spiritual truths to us, and reveal more of the Lord Jesus Christ to us. A simple illustration of Bible meditation is of the cow chewing its cud. She eats the grass, swallows it, and brings it back several times to extract more goodness from it.
Meditation step by step
1: Choose a verse from the Bible on which to meditate (possibly the verse for the day in the church newsletter).
2: Write it on a piece of paper so that you can carry it around with you during the day, It is also a good idea to memorise it.
3: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you, asking questions like:
"What does this verse tell me about God and Jesus?"
"What does God want to say to me through this verse and how should it change my life?"
4: As you go over the verse again and again in this way, you will find that the Holy Spirit will begin to make it come alive to you in a way that is relevant to your life at the time.
Have a regular meal
Jesus looked on God's Word as being like food - food for his spiritual life. Because of this, we need to get into the way of having a regular spiritual meal. Some people call reading the Bible each day their 'quiet time' - a time when they can hear and talk to God. Even a minute is better than nothing at all, and one way to do it is to read the verse for the day on this web site.
Quite a few people use Bible reading notes which give a passage to read each day together with helpful comments and a prayer. You can order these notes from a Christian bookshop.
For answers to questions about the Bible and its credibility go to Christian Answers.
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