Hello everyone, I hope your night was great. This morning I would like to talk about the importance of God’s Word in our lives. A personal experience drove home this point and it’s on that basis I will be speaking from.
I had earlier shared here how I almost fainted during a church programme. I had slept at 3:30 am in the morning and by 6 am I was awake and headed to church without eating anything. I’m an usher at my church and for that event, I had to stand throughout. Midway into the event, I suddenly began to feel dizzy, next my eyes were turning, I was seeing circles, seeing human beings as circles, I then started feeling cold and chills all over my body.
The irony of it all was that even though I drank a whole bottle of water and went back to continue standing, I still felt very dizzy and would have fainted. It was until I had a bottle of malt that I felt much better. With that can of malt, I was able to complete the rest of my duty. It felt very strange because it had never happened to me before and I wasn’t even hungry before this incident. Just as I was ruminating over this, it then struck me how important it is for us to feed on the Word of God. Simply because I had not eaten, I would have fainted and caused not a pretty scene.
A few days ago, I was in the office and was hungry. When I say hungry, I mean veryyyyy hungry. When I finally got home, I was so weak that my legs were wobbling; I had to lie down just to get my body back; even after I had eaten.
These experiences put together did not happen as a coincidence, they happened to further show me how weak, ineffective and useless our spirit man will be when we don’t feed it.
Our spiritual life is sustained by nourishment from the Word. Just as our body needs food to survive, so also for our spirit to thrive we need spiritual food which is the Word of God. As children of God and spiritual beings, we are to eat the Word of God, Jeremiah 15:16.
Feeding on God’s Word is non-negotiable. How will you know the Will of God for your life if you do not Study His word? How will you represent the Kingdom well, when you do not know the constitution of the Kingdom?
The Bible is God’s communication to man, the instructional manual by Him, so we ought to diligently consult it every day we live on earth.
Why is it important to study God’s Word?
1. For our spiritual growth: As it ministers to our souls, the Word builds us up, Acts 20:32 (NIV), Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
2. To gain wisdom: reading the scriptures would make you wise, Psalm 119:99 (NIV) I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
3. The Word of God would keep you from sinning against Him. When you eat and study the Word, you know what you should and what you shouldn’t do. Psalm 119:11 (NIV), I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
4. Do you know that as a believer you have authority? But how will you exercise your authority/power when you do not even know you have such authority? It is only from studying the Word that you know your authority. Luke 10:19 (NIV), I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
5. If each and every one of us lived in accordance to the Word of God, do you know that many troubles would be avoided? Like one of my Pastors said, if couples lived strictly to God’s commands there would be no divorce. The word of God should be our standard, the mirror through which we check and correct every anomaly in our life. When we read the Word, we recognize the impurities in our life. The Word of God flushes out these impurities.
6. The Word of God leads us into the mind of God, helps us to think His thoughts, and to have our heart beating in tune with His will.
7. The Word of God gives us direction Psalm 119:105 (NIV), Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
8. The Word of God is powerful. It has the power to break the hardest of hearts, to bring about the impossible and to change lives for good. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV), For the word of God is alive 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.
9. In the scriptures, there is hope, encouragement and comfort to anyone who’s depressed or going through hard times. Also, success is guaranteed when you meditate on the Word. Joshua 1:8 (NIV), Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
To be continued.
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