Daily Archives: September 15, 2011
Why should you spend more time in God’s Word? Have you ever wondered why you should spend more time in God’s Word? Here are 3 really big reasons why.
God’s Word being His Word should be enough reason to spend more time studying it. Here are a few more really big reasons why you should study His Word.
- If God thinks His Word is important, so should you. God has placed a high value on His Word. In Psalm 119, we read how great a value God and others have placed on His Word. All but 3 verses from this Psalm are dedicated to the value and importance of His Word. According to John 17:17, His Word contains His truth to mankind and is used to set us apart. Although many people don’t believe in absolute truth, God’s Word is the way people who follow Him are able to dis- cern and know absolute truth. Psalm 119:105 tells us that God’s Word provides direction and wisdom for those who would follow God’s plan. Jesus declares that God’s Word will remain even after everything else vanishes (Matthew 24:35). Peter also declares that God’s Word will remain forever (1 Peter 1:25).
- If you want to know what God has to say about life, the Bible is the best place to start. The scriptures provide a wealth of information, knowledge and wisdom about life. When we really study the Word and spend time in it, we get a much clearer picture of all that God wants for our lives. God’s Word provides help with temptation (Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:33, 1 Corinthians 10:13); gives us guidance (Psalm 119:105) and gives us correction, reproof, and confirmation (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16). His Word is written documentation of how God has spoken. If you think you’re hearing from God, double check what you’re hearing with what is in His written Word. Although God can speak in different ways, His message is never going to be contrary to something already written in His Word!
- If you want to see people saved, it will only happen through God’s Spirit using God’s Word. Jesus tells us that His Word is life (John 5:24, John 6:63) and that everlasting life is only found in His words. Paul reiterates that it is only through hearing God’s Word that people become saved (Romans 10:14-17). Peter likewise states that people are “born again…through the word of God, which lives forever…” (1 Peter 1:23).
The Bible was given to us that we may know God and His plan for Mankind. God has chosen to reveal much of who He is through His written Word. For those who desire to invest in something that is vitally important, highly influential and deeply impacting, God’s Word is the place to start and remain.
“God is here and He is speaking–these truths are the back of all other truths; without them there could be no revelation at all. God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a book and lives in spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.”A.W. Tozer
Meeting with God may be very difficult for some. We may question: When and where do I meet with God? How do I conduct the meeting? What do I talk about with the Creator? How do I communicate with my Heavenly Father? Yet, there are some things we can do to make the most of our time devoted to God. First, we need to understand why meeting with God and spending time in His word is so important.
Setting aside time to spend with God is a biblical practice. James 4:8 tells us that if we “draw near to God, He will draw near to us.” John 10:27 reveals that God speaks to His sheep and they “hear my voice and I know them”.
The ultimate purpose of “quiet time” or “devotions”, terminology typically used in reference to private meeting time with God, is to connect with God and deepen our relationship with Him. This time with God allows us to listen to and learn from our Heavenly Father who is desirous to speak with us and change our lives. Bill Hybles, founder of Willow Creek Community Church says:
“Authentic Christianity…is a walk-a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic communicating God. Thus, the heart and soul of the Christian life is learning to hear God’s voice and developing the courage to do what He tells us.”
So, how can we get the most out of our time with God each day? Let me offer seven “P’s” to a helpful devotional time with God.
Quiet Time Guides
Relationships, especially with the Creator of the Universe, cannot be nurtured by simply following a formula or checklist. However, this guide provides ideas of how you can conduct your personal meeting with God and encounter Him with a clear plan.
Pray. Time spent with God should begin with prayer. Find a quiet time and space if possible or seek to quiet your soul and simply pray. As you silently pray, invite God to meet with you and reveal Himself to you. Be open and reveal yourself to Him and begin listening as you engage in an intimate conversation with the Lord.
Peruse the passage. Select a passage to read and study. It’s helpful to take small sections of scripture and spend more than one sitting with the same passage. Read through the passage several times, stressing different words each time. Contemplate why certain words were chosen and used. Pray about the passage and ask God for insight.
Paraphrase the passage. Reword the passage in your own words, being careful to stay true to the meaning and intention of God. It’s helpful to use a dictionary and thesaurus with this process. Using other Bible translations is another effective way to help you truly glean all that God is saying through the text.
Promise. Look carefully and search for a promise from God in the passage. There are often obvious promises contained in scriptures; however, sometimes they may be veiled or hidden. Consider promises that God is conveying about Himself or making to you, the Israelites or others, including those who don’t know Him.
“The Church would be revolutionized if Christians would reverse the amount of time they spend on two things: watching TV and reading their Bible.” Derek Prince
Principle. Look for certain truths about God, life, service and yourself. Allow God to speak to you about qualities that you need to cultivate in yourself or your relationships. Look for things that need to be shifted, altered or completely changed. Write down the principles you discover.
Praise. Use the passage to praise God. Consciously acknowledge Him and praise Him for His presence, for specific attributes about Him that the passage reveals, for specific messages He reveals through what you have read.
Practice. Put the promises and principles of the passage into practice. This is the homework section of your time with God. Try to make your assignments simple and do-able. Ask God for creative ways to apply His Word through service and worship.
Pray. Time with God should begin and end with prayer. After meeting with God, thank Him for speaking to you and for loving you. Tell Him you love Him and will listen for Him throughout the remainder of the day.
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