Bible Strong-What is the Bible? July 2017

God spoke through prophets and visible signs in the Old Testament. In the New Testament He spoke through Jesus and miracles that He performed. Today God speaks through His Word and His Spirit. God’s Word is alive and pertains to each generation. The Holy Spirit will apply it to you and each situation. Open your hearts and receive God’s guidance. Listen for His voice.

While living our lives today, we must filter everything through God’s Word. If you are confused about whether something is from God or not, ask yourself, does it contradict Scripture; will it make me sin; will it honor and glorify God? Anything that contradicts Scripture or will make you sin is not from God. Doesn’t matter if your friends, the laws of the land, the President or the Supreme Court said it was ok. If it goes against God’s Word it is not from God and it is not okay.

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is impossible to have a great relationship with God, without feeding ourselves with His Word. As we feed on the Word, we grow in the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in understanding God’s Word.

The Bible is the account of God’s actions in the world and His purpose with all creation. The Bible identifies God as the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. It has the power to change a person’s life.

Christians need certain kinds of activities to grow spiritually. We need a desire to grow and spiritual food from God’s Word. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to grow in the Fruit of the Spirit. I know there is room for growth there. Those are great motivators for me in spending time in the Word. I want to know all about Jesus. I have spent a lot of time reading God’s Word and I can tell you that a lifetime of reading and studying will not be enough for me. I don’t think I will ever know all I want to know about Jesus while I’m on this earth. I want to be in as close a relationship with Jesus as I can and reading the Bible helps me to do that.

The Bible is vast from the Old Testament to the New. I don’t understand everything. I’m particularly fond of the New Testament, probably because it is all about Jesus, His time on earth and His second coming. Then again, I love the Old Testament as well. Through all the prophets, I have listened to all the things God told them and I see how, what God said has come true.

The following only touches on what the Bible is.

It is the work of over forty human authors, guided by the Holy Spirit and contains 66 books all containing the message God desires us to have. The Bible tells us of the old Covenant and the new Covenant.

The Old Testament contains the history and lessons learned by the Jewish people and others. The Old Testament reveals Christ, presents doctrine in story form about real characters of the time, and it comforts and encourages us. It contains prophecies related to Jesus. And when we see the way these prophecies are fulfilled in Christ in the New Testament, our faith in God and His Word is strengthened.

The New Testament was written by followers and eye witnesses of Jesus. The main thing the New Testament teaches us is how to have a relationship with Jesus. 

It tells of Jesus’ life, His death, His teachings, His return and the end of the world. It teaches us the way to live like God intended and how to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior as well as what we must do to receive eternal life. It teaches about the Kingdom of God and God’s way of doing things.

The Bible is a guide for living life abundantly. It tells of the triumphs, failures, tests and trials of ordinary people. It’s a refuge when we are in trouble.

People in pain, suffering, in prison and in mourning tell how turning to God brought comfort and strength in their desperate times. It tells us who we are and why we are here in the first place. We are magnificent creatures made in God’s likeness, who loves us and gives us purpose and a destiny.

We find standards of conduct for everyday living and examples of how to live throughout the Bible. We are given guidelines for knowing right from wrong, good from evil and principles to help us in a fallen world.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow.

Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Joshua 1:8  Meditating on the Word brings wisdom, prosperity and success.

There’s no set amount of time to read God’s Word. You have to determine how much time you want to spend with God. You need quiet time with Him. He often speaks to us through Scripture. It is an intimate relationship between us and Him. The more time we spend with Him the closer we become. Reading the Word changes our mind set. It changes our behavior, the way we speak and hear. It changes us on the inside. Then it shows on the outside of us in our behavior and the choices we make.

If you believe Jesus died for your sins, rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for you, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to please enter and live in you, to lead, guide, teach, touch, heal and comfort you. Ask Him to heal you on the inside.

At that moment the blood of Jesus will cleanse you of your sins. The Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you have passed from death unto life. The seeds of the Fruit of the Spirit will be placed in you. Begin the process of walking in faith with Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.