A trend I have seen in the last twenty years is to inadvertently diminish Scripture while elevating man’s teaching above the Word of God. You see this frequently by a presenter merely quoting a Scripture reference and not the Scripture itself. Subjectively what is happening is the written Word is given less importance than what the author/speaker has to say. In other
Another way of diminishing God’s Word is when the author/speaker quotes other authors/speakers to communicate and clarify
Today’s passage illustrates the importance of exposing yourself to the light. Light represents Truth, which is expressed best in God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 4:4 emphasizes the light as truth: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (NIV) As a follower of Christ, you should be constantly feeding on the Word of God. God’s Word is His primary way of speaking to you. Hebrews 4:12-13 powerfully describes what the Word can do: “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (NIV)
Knowing that the Word “makes everything visible” as well as allowing “Christ to shine on you” should be a strong motivator for getting into the Word in multiple formats. Vigorously engaging the Word sets up God’s light to prepare your life for planting the seeds of truth, so as to help you experience more of the glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (NIV) When you read Deuteronomy 6:6-9 you see many ways to get into the Word: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Getting into the Word of God is vital for Christian growth, experiencing God’s promises, and experiencing God’s work in your life. Not getting into the Word exposes you to the spiritual principle of gravity. Satan, the flesh, and the world will constantly be working to pull you down into sin.
Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” (NIV)
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