My lady asked me to write here about the use of scripture in my life. At first this seemed to be an easy feat, but proved to be rather hard. Why? Very simple: what do I write? Yes, I am in the written Word everyday and yes I love it dearly, but what else am I supposed to say?
The written Word of God has power.
How? Because it is GOD'S written Word!
Notice I say written Word, because in all actuality the Word of God is not the Bible. Yes, you read that right, the Word of God is Jesus Christ. John states this very clearly in John 1. He states,
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him was not any thing made that was made."
John is not talking about the Bible, but Jesus Christ. So what is the Bible? The Bible is the apostolic account (or written account) of the Word of God, that is Jesus Christ. Why do I say all of this? I say all of this because this explains why the Bible has power. The Bible, or written Word of God, is the account of Jesus Christ's impact on the world. There is power in Jesus Christ.
It's because of this power that makes reading and living the written Word of God so crucial to our lives. How can we expect to know Christ if we don't know His word? How can we expect to live a life of power and authority in Christ, if we aren't resting in His promises. There are so many defeated Christians in the world because they do not know how to stand on the written Word of God and receive the authority that He has given them through Christ Jesus. I genuinely don't know how I would function without the written Word of God. It is my key to the mind of God.
If you don't already have a devotion time, I encourage you to adopt one. One that I recommend is to choose any narrative in scripture, perhaps David (1 & 2 Samuel), or Esther, or Moses (Exodus), or Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and just read a chapter a day. Get a journal and go through S.O.A.P.
S.- Scripture (write down the scripture)
O.- Observation (Read over the scripture again and allow words or
phrases to pop out at you and write them down.)
A.- Application (Write out how what you observed can be applied to your life)
P.- Prayer (Write out a prayer to God to help you apply the scripture to your life.)
Getting into the written Word of God will single handily change your life. Don't believe me? Try it for one week and just see God move in your life. I know this because I am living it. God 87% of the time speaks to me through His word, and boy am I grateful for it!
If you are in the written Word regularly, please comment and share what you are currently reading. It's always encouraging to see what fellow sisters and brothers are reading in their time with the Lord.
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."