People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God. – Matthew 4:4
Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word. II Timothy 3:17 says, “Through His Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” The word of God breathes live. Literally, creation came to being through His Word. The bible does not simply signify a doctrinal guidebook. The Word of God generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, guarantees our future!! People, we cannot live without the Word of God! God’s Word is the spiritual nourishment we must have to fulfil our purpose.
More than ever, we have unlimited, free access to God’s Word, but many of us are guilty of not abiding in the word. In our day-to-day living, abiding in God’s word involves the following three activities:
I must accept its authority: The bible must be our authoritative standard for life, having the first and the last word. Many troubles we face occurs because we base our choices on unreliable authorities like culture, emotion, tradition or reason.Solomon the wisest man of all times said in Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” We have to resolve to make the word of God our standard. Paul said in II Timothy 3:16-17, “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.” The only way the scripture can truly be our standard is if we have it etched in our hearts.
I must assimilate its truth: Believing The Word is not enough. We have to fill our mind with it so that the Holy Spirit can transform us with the truth. There are five ways to do this:
- Receive it: This happens when we accept God’s word with an open and receptive attitude. The parable of the sower best illustrates unreceptive attitudes – a close mind (hard soil), a superficial mind (shallow soil), a distracted mind (soil with weeds), and then Jesus cautions us to consider how we listen. When we are not receiving anything from a sermon, lets pause and check our attitude.
- Read it: Daily reading will keep you in range of God’s Word. There are many reading plans that have been created to help us read through the whole. Many of us say we believe the bible from ‘cover to cover’, but we’ve never read it from ‘cover to cover.’
- Research it: This is studying the bible which involves writing down thoughts and asking questions of the text. James 1:25 tells us, “truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.”
- Remembering it: Our capacity to remember is a God-given gift. We may think we have poor memory, but the truth is we remember what we want to remember, or what is important to us. Our memory is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it becomes. A good way to remember scriptures may be to write them out and setting goals of memorizing one per week.
- Reflect on it: meditation- focused thinking. Take one verse and think about it over and over in our hearts. As we do this, we start seeing different dimensions to this verse. David, a man after God’s heart said in Psalm 119:97, “Oh how I love your teachings! I meditate on them all day long!”
I must apply its principles: This is the hardest of them all, becoming doers of His Word. It’s so easy to preach, but we find ourselves falling short when it comes to living out our messages. If during/after these 40 days of ‘discovering my purpose according to God’s Word,’ I do not effectively change my way of thinking and living, I only fool myself and all these posts will amount to a waste of time. We must internalize the things we learn! Jesus tells us in John 13:17, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” The blessings come when we start DOING!
The Word of God exposes our motives, points out our faults and expects us to change. Being human, it’s only natural that we are resistant to change. That’s why it’s important for us to join a small group where we can share our personal applications with others. The most effective way to kick off our plan for change is to write out the an action step of something we want to change in us according to God’s word, and share it with someone to keep yourself accountable.
My action plan for this week: Philippians 2:14 “Oreofe, do everything without complaining and arguing.”
Food for thought: What has God already told me in His word that I haven’t started doing?