God's Holy Word

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"You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:10-17

In my heart of hearts, do I trust God's Word? I mean, if I know that reading the Bible can make a concrete difference in my life, then why do I often relegate it to the last priority in my day?

What can I do to make Scripture-reading the first priority in my life?

So often we fail to make Scripture a priority. We succumb to our hectic schedules and busy lives while the Bible sits unopened on our nightstands and book shelves. We tell ourselves that we'll get to it later, when we have more time, when life slows down. Yet a close look at these verses clearly details the necessity of Scripture-reading in our daily lives. Delving into God's Word on a regular basis teaches us, guides us, corrects us, inspires us, and speaks to the exact place and circumstances of our personal lives. Without the guidance of God's Word, we are ill-equipped to overcome life's hurdles and unable to discern God's will for our unique purpose on Earth.

Make a change: At the start of this week, make a commitment to read the Bible at least four times, and pay close attention to what guidance God may be offering that is specifically relevant to you and your personal circumstances. Try to read just a few verses at a time, slowly and thoughtfully, rather than hurriedly trying to get through it and onto something else. Perhaps keep a notebook and a pen by your side, and jot your thoughts and reactions as you mull over God's Word.

Pray for change:

Prayer: 
Lord, help me make Your Word the first priority in my day, rather than the last.
Date: 
Mar 8 2018