- Published on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:37
- Written by Nick Costello
You jump in a car and go cruising with some friends on a Saturday night. They have some drugs and alcohol with them. You want to be accepted by them but don't want to party. You're tempted. What would you do and why? Read Matthew 4 and you'll discover Jesus was tempted, too. The devil tempted Him three times. What was His response?
"The SCRIPTURES say."
Jesus used scripture He had memorized and stored up in His heart as His weapon against the devil and temptation. It reminded Him about how His Father God wanted Him to live. David asked, "How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules." (Psalm 119:9) God's Word can help you in any situation. Unless you tie scripture to your eyeballs or forehead to always have it in your face, the best way to have scripture ready is to keep it in your heart. Memorize it to your heart hard drive!
God's Word is ALIVE!
Look up Hebrews 4:12. It tells you God's Word is living and active. It can change your heart and life. God's Word has power, but you have to tap into it and use it!
God's Word is AUTHORITATIVE!
Read John 7:16-17. The Bible has authority because it comes from God who is King of the Universe.
God's Word is TRUE!
Why? Read John 8:40 and find out. God cannot lie. His Word is true. Jesus called Himself... 'THE TRUTH." You can trust it! If you want to know some benefits of God's Word read: Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:1-2, Psalm 119:97-105, John 14:21, 15:3, 15:14, Romans 10:17 and 1 Peter 2:2.
You can experience the benefits of God's Word!
Take these five steps. HEAR. Listen carefully to reliable preachers and Bible teachers. READ. Read the Bible consistently. Underline key passages and ones that speak to your heart or situation. STUDY. Dig into God's Word. Ask these questions. What does it say? What does it mean? How does it apply to me? What am I going to do in response? MEMORIZE. Get it into your heart hard drive. MEDITATE. Think about it. Personalize it.
Apply it to your life!
Make it real in your life. Live it out. Chew on it in your heart and mind. Choose to obey it no matter what. You'll need help. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, give you grace and strength to follow God's Word. Don't just learn it. DO what it says. Without God's Word, you'll be powerless against the Devil's army who will assault you to influence you away from God. You'll have no Gospel bullets in your gun and only shoot blanks. he'll laugh at that! But He can't stand against God's Word or make anyone sin who uses God's Word against Him. Get in God's Word and get God's Word into you!