Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
To give the Bible its rightful place is to bring glory to God, health to God’s people and light to the world. John Stott
He who is of God hears the words of God…John 8:47 (NAS)
What Scripture Does For Us
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. " Romans 15:4 (NIV)
"All scripture is inspired by God. It is useful to teach us what is true, and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16 [NLT]
"And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. " James 1:22 [NLT]
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, 'All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.' And this is the word that was preached to you." 1 Peter 2:22-25 NIV)
How To Take Positive Steps Of Action
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16 [KJV]
1. Doctrine: Do the principles and values of God control your life?
This involves the operating principles and values that center your life. If these are flawed the whole foundation is flawed. Unless the Lord builds this framework, your life will crash and fall apart. (Matthew 7:24-27; John 8:31-32; Romans 8:28-30)
2. Reproof: What are the conflicts in your relationships that need to be reconciled?
This involves the key conflicts experienced in your relationships with self, God, family, authorities, and friends. These conflicts grow out of a violation of doctrine. If the doctrine is flawed, the fruit will not be healthy. Healthy doctrine leads to Godly character. (Luke 6:43-45)
3. Correction: What are the specific steps of action God is asking you to take?
This involves accepting responsibility. Responsible steps of action are based on wisdom from above. This wisdom from God gives us insights into the bigger picture. The bigger picture involves the grand plan of God and his purpose. His purpose is the compass that always points us North, so we can stay on course. It is inevitable. We get off course with our lives. Knowing when and how to make corrections is absolutely essential. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Hebrews 12:1-13; James 3:13-18)
4. Instruction: Will you place yourself before God in humility and do what He asks?
This involves the application of the corrective steps. It involves the “one another” commands from scripture and the relationships with brothers and sisters growing out of fellowship with God. In worship, meditation and prayer, we help each other stay on the path Jesus walked. We learn His love and obedience. (James 1:19-25; Hebrews 5:7-10)
Because the Bible is the word of God, then to neglect it is to neglect God. The Bible is a message sent to us from God, focused on Christ and written upon our hearts by the Spirit of God. The admonition to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16) not only enriches our lives but honors and glorifies God. How can we worship and honor God if we do not know who he is and what he is like?