TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, August 05, 2020:
The mental effort of understanding; examine thoughtfully; the applying of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We feel that there is a great need for a reminder to all of us that we need to do a better job of studying God’s Word. Many sincerely professing Christians are spiritually starving, or spiritually misguided, because they have never thought seriously about the quality of their Bible study.
If our physical diet is not well balanced, or if our digestive systems are not functioning properly, our bodies will decline in health. The same is true if we do not take full value of the spiritual food offered to us in the Scriptures, we will become spiritually weak and useless.
We would like to suggest several important basics for you to consider if you would like to have an effective Bible study. Someone that is starving spiritually must regularly eat nourishing spiritual food, which is the Word of God. These foundations, we pray, will give you an earnest desire and a hunger to study the Bible.
To begin with you must know what the Bible says about itself. In the verse above from Psalm 19:7 we are told that the law (the Bible) is perfect. It is the Word of God and without error. It is God’s manual for living in a crooked and perverse world. God’s Word brings God’s wisdom to our simple and misguided human thinking.
We need to know what God intended the Bible to do for us. The Bible is clear that it was written for us by God. In the Old Testament alone the Bible asserts over 3000 times that God spoke what is written in it. The Bible is not only the Book from God, but is the Book about God. God’s purpose in giving us His Word was to reveal Himself to all mankind. In God’s Word we learn that He is our creator, our sustainer, our judge and our hope while we are in this world and for eternity.
God’s Word is truth. God is perfect and without sin so He cannot lie. Perhaps the greatest lie that Satan, the father of lies gives us, is that there is no such thing as truth. What is truth? Truth is what is fact. Truth does not change. Truth is what is real. In John 14:6, Jesus, the very Son of God said of Himself, “I am truth.” Jesus, as the truth is the reality of all of God’s promises.
When we study the Bible, we need to understand that not only did every word in the Bible originate with God in heaven, but that most of its contents deal with how God’s truth relates factually to the way we are to conduct our lives on this earth. As we study God’s Word, we need to pray that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the truth to our mind and guide us in how we are to apply it to our life.
When we apply God’s truth to our life it will direct our thoughts and our actions and determine our path in life.
Finally, it is imperative that you develop a method of Bible study that is systematic and thorough (II Timothy 2:15). You will find Bible commentaries very helpful in giving additional insight on verses you read. In Bible book stores there are many excellent Bible study books.
Paul tells Timothy in II Timothy 2:2 to commit what he had heard from Paul to other faithful men who would be able to teach others. Thus, the Gospel was passed from generation to generation. This is why Bible study is so important. It equips us to teach others the truths of the Bible.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:6.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Help me to first of all commit time daily to study Your Word. Then help me to learn as I read. May the Holy Spirit guide me in my study and give me the power of Your Word to strengthen my faith and draw me closer to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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