walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
God’s Word is food for our souls. Scripture says:
These Scriptures teach that we have to eat up God’s Word if we want to grow in our faith.
Now some people are hungry for God’s Word, but they want someone else to feed them all the time. They wait for the Sunday sermon or listen to radio preachers or rely on their small group leader to teach them; they never crack open the Bible and feed themselves. Then they wonder why they’re not becoming spiritually mature. They wonder why they’re not getting victory over sin in their lives.
Do you want to grow in your faith? Do you want to become spiritually mature? If so, you’ve got to learn how to feed yourself on God’s Word. You say, “Well how do I do that?” I’m so glad you asked. Here are five things:
First, you need to read it. If you haven’t read the Bible for awhile, start in the gospel of John. Underline every time you see the word believe. Then go to 1, 2, and 3 John. Then look at Acts. That’ll keep you busy for awhile. I suggest that you read two or three chapters at a time. Give yourself at least fifteen minutes. If you read the Bible before you go to bed, don’t do that “lay-on-the-couch” thing. Sit at a table, lean forward, get a pen in your hand, and pay attention. If you’ll adopt a serious posture, you’ll get a serious result.
Second, question it. You say, “Well what questions should I ask?” Here are seven questions to ask when feeding on God’s Word.
Ask these seven questions and you will get more out of God’s Word than you would simply reading it.
Third, plan it. This is where most people blow it. Make a plan for what you’re going to do with what God’s been teaching you. Keep a journal. Write some notes in your Bible. You cannot download the benefit of the truth of God’s Word unless you make a plan—a plan of action that is bothspecific and measurable.
Fourth, pray it. Pray the words of Scripture back to God with confidence. If it’s in God’s Word, you can be sure that God is committed to it. As you begin to pray His Word back to Him, something phenomenal happens. There is an incredible power when you open a passage and say, “God, You’re like this, and You’ve promised to do this.”
Fifth, share it. When you’ve learned something from God’s Word, you have to share it with somebody else. You have to tell it to your spouse or your roommate or to a friend at school or to a Christian co-worker or somebody at your church. Then you’re sharing with other people and not relying on others to feed you all the time; you’re becoming mature in your faith.
God’s Word is food for your soul. The more you read it, question it, plan it, pray it and share it, the more you will grow in your faith and become a mature believer. Are you doing this? Or are you still being spoon-fed by your pastor? If you are ever going to grow up into all that God wants you to be, you’ve got to start feeding yourself on His Word. So open your Bible and eat it up!
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