The Bible Will Not Help You!
I know a man who was caught in a grave sin. As he was remorseful about his actions, he would sit in his living room pray for a great amount of time and hold the Bible to his forehead. I am sorry, but the Bible will not help in this manner. We all know of people who are trying to prove to the world that they are innocent, so what do they say? “I swear by the Bible.” I am sorry, but the Bible will not help them in that manner. How many times have I walked through the church building throughout the week and have found where good brethren have left their Bibles in the pews. Again, I am sorry, but the Bible will not help you.
I am just as guilty when it comes to misusing the Bible. How many times have I skipped a day of personal study? How many times have I had a question that the Bible can answer; yet I searched elsewhere? How many times have I proclaimed to be a Bible believer, yet was not as active in the Bible as I should be? In these scenarios, the Bible will not help me.
If I want the Bible to help me, I must READ it constantly. The Bible is the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
By it we may know what Jesus did for us, how we may be saved, how we are to live, how to treat one another, how to worship God, etc. The word of truth, apart from the sacrifice of Jesus, is the greatest gift we have from our Lord! What good is the written word if we are not reading it?
If I want the Bible to help me, I must MEDITATE on it. This meditation is not some eastern religious practice. Rather the idea of taking the Scripture and thinking about it. Studying it with the purpose of knowing the true meaning and memorizing it for further use. Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Finally, if I want the Bible to help me, I must APPLY it to my life.
James 1:22, 25 says, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves...But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
Considering all brother Warnes has said here, how much good is your Bible to you?
Until next week, I love you all,