Discover The Connection Between You, God, and His Word.

There is a very close connection between you, God and His Word. Jesus Himself is called the “Word of God.” To know God, you must know His Word; to honor God, you must honor His Word; to be in touch with God, you must be in touch with His Word. Many promises are given to those who master the Bible so well that the Bible masters them.

— We are promised spiritual stability, fruitfulness and true prosperity as we meditate on His Word day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3)

— When the words of Jesus abide in us, our desires will be given to us, according to God’s will. (John 15:7)

— Meditating on God’s Word leads to prosperity and success in our endeavors. (Joshua 1:8)

— We will have more wisdom than our enemies, more insight than our teachers and more understanding than the aged. (Psalm 119:97-100)

— We will have greater power over sin. (Psalm 119:11)

— We will have comfort in affliction. (Psalm 119:50)

— By drawing near to God, we have His promise that He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)

These astonishing observations, these magnificent claims, these profound promises—they help us realize how important the Bible is, and what remarkable potential we bring to our lives when we become serious students of Scripture. That’s why it’s so important that we commit ourselves to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters us.

(excerpt from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible | Max Anders | © 2018)

Waging War Against Our Doubts, Challenges and Other Issues

As we start a new week we will face doubts, challenges and other issues that attack our strengths and beliefs. It is only natural to respond to these situations with a human response but is that the most effective method to use? As Christians we don’t wage war as humans do. Our faith in God and His word are our weapons of choice when faced with obstacles and situations of this world. Read how Paul faced his challenges with the church at Corinth and gain strength from God’s word.

In the church at Corinth there were some who were challenging the authority of the Apostle Paul and the message he had preached to them. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 form part of his response to the challenge. In these verses he acknowledges that he is human, but he will not wage war against the challenge with mere human, worldly weapons. That is, he will not use anything that is sinful, devious, and underhanded in the war. He has something more righteous and more potent at hand.

He will wage war with God’s mighty weapons. What are God’s weapons? He does not say specifically. Given the nature of the opposition, however, one weapon is clearly intended—the Word of God. Paul regarded the Word of God as the “Sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). Paul will wage war with the truth of the Word of God.

That the Word of God is the primary weapon Paul has in mind here is clear from the fact that the opposition consists of “strongholds of human reasoning” and “false arguments.” The challengers, in other words, were trying to undermine Paul and his message with mere human reasons and arguments, rather than with the Word of God. Understandably, the best weapon to use in such circumstances is the Word of God itself. 

Since the weapons of the challengers were not biblically based, they were keeping people, including themselves, from the true knowledge of God. Since they were not biblically based, they were “proud obstacles” to the true knowledge of God. They were formed on the basis of human willfulness and pride, rather than on the basis of a humble submission to God’s Word. 

The kind of thing that happened in Paul’s day happens now. People challenge the teachings of those committed to the Word of God with mere human reasoning and false arguments. 

Like Paul, we must be ready to take up our primary weapon against such incursions. We must be ready to wield the sword of the Spirit.