Life At Its Best: How to use God's Word
By Jim Graff
Moses is one of the most well-known figures in the Bible, and in the Old Testament, we see that he was given a pretty important task: leading God's people out of captivity and into the land He'd promised them. Unfortunately, because of repeated acts of disobedience, Moses never got to enter into the land. He died shortly before they arrived.
But right before his death, Moses gave a speech to God's people. He wanted them to understand a truth that would cause them to prosper in the land they were about to inhabit. With his last words, he relayed to them from his own experience that a life lived by the principles found in the Bible is the most fulfilling life that can be lived. Moses had learned what it truly meant to love, learn and live God's Word, and he knew that doing so brought God's blessing.
As Christians, we also hear constantly about the importance of "reading our Bibles every day." But what happens when we actually do it? As we begin to study God's Word and live out its truths, it put a righteousness in us - a desire to do right - that makes us capable of attaining the family life, business life, social life, etc., that we so desire. It creates a spirit of right living that gives us confidence that the battles we're facing today are small compared to God's promises. Now that we've established that God's Word was written for our use, let's talk about what we're to use it for.
God gave us his Word for three purposes, and the first is for protection. Matthew 7:24 says, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Anytime we leave the Word of God, we're leaving our lives open to the enemy. But as long as we're building our lives on his Word, we're building protection into our lives.
He also gave it to us for penetration. Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates . it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." As we get into God's Word, it begins to change our thoughts, attitudes, actions and eventually our futures. The final purpose for which we're to use God's Word is power. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
God's Word is living and active, and it gives us the power to overcome any struggle. Use the Word of God, and you can overcome poverty, sickness, relational challenges or any other painful situation the enemy tries to throw your way. Remember, you are more than a conqueror through him that loves you.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.