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Study and do God’s Word

lightstock_15481_small_user_3963721Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

How are you doing at Bible study? Does that question make you nervous? I’ll be honest, I hate being asked questions like that because it implies that there’s this level to be achieved, like those who are doing really well are experts, and that makes me feel like a rookie. Maybe I’m the slacker in the room, but I’m willing to assume that many of you can relate.

There are lots of Bible study tools online and it’s not my intention to point you to all of them today, but my emphasis is this: context. To really study the Bible, it’s not about what other books or other people say about it. It’s about what the Bible says about itself. Did that make sense? If I’m studying a subject in Scripture and I have a question about what it means, it’s best to find other places where God inspired someone to write on the same subject within Scripture. We could all save ourselves a lot of trouble and false doctrine in our lives if we’d stick to this basic rule.

It’s also important that we follow the instructions of James in being “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). It’s not enough to just study God’s Word. It’s not enough to just read and consume. It’s good to do so, but if we don’t put the Word into action, we’re missing the point. That’s precisely why so many Christians are unhealthy spiritually. They’re consuming and consuming without getting any spiritual exercise (we’ll talk more about that in a future devotion), becoming lethargic and spiritually flabby.

Study the Word and DO it!

Study the Word

A disciple

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

If you fully surrender your life to Christ, how do you know that what comes next is His will? How can you even know His will? What if you think God’s telling you to do something but you are wrong? Step 1 – Start with the Word.

An essential truth for any believer, but especially new believers, is that God reveals Himself in His Word, the Bible. There is, within the pages of Scripture, sufficient information about God. We can know His character, His love, His plan for salvation, His power, and His glory. Everything we need to know right now in this moment has been revealed through the God-inspired words of the Holy Bible. Start there when you’re searching for truth or for direction. Not sure what God would want you to do in a particular situation? What does the Bible say of His character as it pertains to this?

Following God is not all about feelings or signs. Knowing what God wants you to do is very much about knowing who God is. He’ll never ask you to do anything that contradicts who He is. He won’t ask you to sin, He won’t tell you to give into a temptation. That would go against His nature. But to know His nature you have to study His Word.

The Bible isn’t some rule book handed down from on high. It isn’t a collection of fictitious stories. It’s God’s story of redemption for mankind through Jesus Christ. All of it. Old Testament, New Testament, every word is part of the overall story. We WANTS you to know Him.

How do you live for God? Fully surrender to Him and constantly be transformed by the renewal of your mind. By knowing God more and more.