Monday, October 20, 2014

The Word of God: by Ann Elaine Broughton

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV).

How much time do you spend reading the Bible (word of God) every week? It is so easy to get busy and put the Bible on the shelf, never looking at it until you go to church on Sunday. The Bible gives you instruction on how to live a Godly life. It is so important that you study it every day.
Sunday we had a Gideon speaker come to our church. I have such respect for those who are Gideons. They take the word of God to people who would not have any other way to get one. He told a story of a father who berated his daughter for reading the Gideon Bible that was given to her and told her it was full of lies and fantasies. He took it from her and headed to his mining job. Later that day the mine collapsed and he and 30 other men were trapped. Many days later they finally managed to dig to rescue them only to find out they had all died. They found the father with a Bible in his hand. In the back he had written that it held truth and he wrote how he had accepted Christ as his Savior. Under his name were the names of all the other men who had accepted Christ as their Savior too. The word of God is powerful and can change lives. It gave these men hope and eternal life.
You know if you try to get a job, you have to have to be taught how to do it. Some of us have spent money and a many years to get a degree for our jobs. Anyone who has any kind of job has to be taught. But more important than all of these hours spent in learning for your job is learning what you need to do to live a Christian life. The world will pull you to sin and you will end up following ways that are not Godly. Reading the Bible every day, especially the New Testament will help you to remember how you are to behave as a Christian. After all, according to the above verse “it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”.  It can also inspire you to do more for others, serve others, and have a joyful spirit in times of stress. There are so many times in life when I have been in stress and a Bible verse would come to my mind that would fill me with peace. I urge you this week to pick up your Bible every day and read it and pray. God will help you to understand what you are to do to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
Dear Lord,
Sometimes it is so easy to forget to read the Bible every day. Help me to be committed to doing this so that I will not stray from your truths to follow worldly pleasures. Help me to remember that: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness..” (2 Tim 4:16 NIV).
In Jesus’ name,