walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
The Bible is a supernatural book. People who have never read it think that it is old and outdated and irrelevant, like a car repair manual from the 1920’s. But the only people who think that are those who have never read the Bible with an open heart. Those who do find at least three things:
The Bible is gripping. Hebrews 4:12 says “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit . . . to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It has a way of grabbing your attention.
John MacArthur tells the story of an abortionist who came to see him. The man said, “I kill babies for a living. I am so filled with guilt, and it won’t go away.” MacArthur gave him a Bible and said, “Here, read this. Why don’t you start with the Gospel of John and ask yourself as you read, ‘Who is Jesus Christ?’” When the man left, some of those standing by wondered if their pastor had done the right thing. Given the man’s background, wouldn’t the Bible just confuse him? A week later the man returned, saying, “I know who Jesus is! He is the Son of God! He died for our sins and rose again. And if we repent of our sins and believe in Him, we can be forgiven!” MacArthur said, “That’s not the Gospel of John.” The man replied, “I know. I was so excited I read the Book of Romans, too!”
Have you been gripped like that? Have you opened your heart and allowed the truths of God’s Word to penetrate your life and change you? Once you get a hold of the Bible, it gets a hold of you.
The Bible is comforting. When you are hurting, when you are discouraged, you can turn to the Bible to find the comfort you need. As a pastor, I have prayed with many people who were going through some hard times. Despite the fact they faced an uncertain future, reading the Bible brought them such comfort. Do you know what I am talking about? When you’re down or discouraged and you pick up God’s Word, it comforts and strengthens you. It is able to do that because it wasn’t just written by men; God wrote it.
The Bible is convicting. Even when someone who is not especially smart (like me) opens the Bible and begins to tell the things that are in it, it penetrates deep within. Sometimes when I preach, I see people under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. With tears streaming down their cheeks, they can hardly even look up because God has taken His Word and convicted their hearts. The Bible is convicting because it is God’s book. He uses the message in it to get into people’s hearts.
If you have your Bible, pick it up and ponder this: God wrote the book you are holding in your hand. You had better be thinking of what it says. You had better be studying it. I challenge you to read through it this coming year. Read three chapters a day and let its truths transform your life. It will be a great adventure, because it is a supernatural book.
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