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Day 17

THE BIBLE

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

All Scripture is useful. Knowing this, we cheat ourselves when we don’t access every book, every truth, every verse, and every page of our Bibles for the promises and commands God has for us. Because every verse of Scripture is inspired by God and gainful to us, we shouldn’t pick and choose which verses we’ll read and study. We shouldn’t claim verses we like and ignore those that convict us. If we’re to become mature disciples of Jesus, we must allow every Scripture to speak to us and teach us what God desires for us to learn.

If you aren’t firmly grounded in God’s Word, you’ll be bombarded with an assortment of doctrines, lifestyles, and behaviors, and you’ll have no means to evaluate whether they’re approved by God. Scripture enables us to evaluate the soundness of doctrines that are being taught. Scripture ought to be the basis of any reproof or correction we bring to another person.

You can’t develop a righteous life apart from God’s Word. Righteousness must be cultivated. As you fill your mind with the words of God and as you obey His instructions, He will guide you in the ways of righteousness. Scripture will equip you for any good work God calls you to do. If you feel inadequate for a task God has given you, search the Scriptures, for within them you’ll find the wisdom you need to carry out His assignment. Allow the Word of God to permeate, guide, and enrich your life.

So why wouldn’t you be eager to spend time in God’s Word? Is it because what you read makes you uneasy? When you listen to sermons, do the Scriptures seem aimed directly at you? Believe it or not, that’s a good thing. You’re experiencing the reality that the Word of God is alive and can read your thoughts and judge your intentions.

When God’s Word speaks to you, it’s always for a purpose. God knows your heart and knows what you need to do to bring your life into conformity with Christ. If you have a problem with sinful talk, the word that comes to you will address the tongue. If you’re struggling to forgive, God’s Word will confront you with His standard for forgiveness. If pride has a stronghold in your life, God’s Word will speak to you about humility. Whatever sin needs to be addressed, you’ll be confronted by God’s Word on the matter.

One way you can escape the discomfort of conviction is to avoid hearing God speak to you. You may neglect reading your Bible and stay away from places where it’s taught. You may avoid those who you know will uphold the truths of Scripture. The best response, however, is to pray as the psalmist did: “Search me, God, and know my heart” (Ps. 139:23). Regularly allow the Word of God to wash over you and find any sin or impurity (see Eph. 5:26). Always make the connection between your life and what God’s saying to you through His Word. Make a habit of taking the Word of God seriously, knowing it’s capable of judging your heart and mind.

What time do you regularly set aside to listen to God through His Word?

What was the most recent matter you felt convicted about when reading the Bible?

How did you respond to that discomfort?

What was the most meaningful statement or Scripture you read today?

Reword the statement or Scripture into a prayer of response to God.

What does God want you to do in response to today’s study? [Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby (2014). Seven Realities for Experiencing God – Member Book. LifeWay Press. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

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