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DAY 1 || LOVING THE WORDS OF GOD
Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water . . .whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Today is a simple devotional. Turn to Psalm 119. It is almost in the middle of the Bible. It is also the longest chapter in the Bible. It is a marvelous piece of poetry, all of which is lost in the English translation.
There are 22 stanzas, with each stanza beginning with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet. And every line of the stanza begins with that Hebrew letter!
What is more striking is the deep love and respect the poet has for God’s Word. As you read Psalm 119, notice the verbs that describe how the Psalmist values God’s Word. Look for the many words that describe God’s Word. Look for the benefits that come from loving God’s Word.
After reading this Psalm, why would you say the Bible Matters Most and Must Matter More for you in 2018?
Did you find a few favorite verses?
Why did you like them so much?
DAY 2 || THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WORD
2 Timothy 3:14-17
All Scripture is God-breathed… 2 Timothy 3:16
Paul is writing to his protégé and spiritual son, Timothy. Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of God’s Word. These few verses are loaded with insights. Here are a few of those insights.
- It is important to learn and continue in what you learn. Take a quick look at Colossians 2:6-7 about the importance of continuing in what we have learned.
- You should be convinced about what you learn from God’s Word.
- You learn in a context, in a tradition, and in a community of others who love God’s Word.
- It is of great value to teach children God’s Word.
- The Word is called the Holy Scripture or the Sacred Writings. Think about that description. What does it mean to you?
- The Word makes you “wise for salvation.” This may be the number one reason why the Bible Matters Most. It makes you wise about the ways of God, and especially about salvation.
- The Word is inspired, God-breathed, in-spirited (or from the Spirit of God). Read 2 Peter 1:19-21 for more on this theme. This is extremely important. God is the source of the Bible, which is why the Bible Must Matter Most of all.
- God’s Word is given to teach, rebuke, correct, and train you, so you are fully prepared for every good work.
What are your most recent and most important insights from God’s Word?
How are you changing because of God’s Word?
DAY 3 || JESUS AND THE BIBLE
Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:1; Matthew 5:17-19
The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63
Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the revelation of God. Jesus is the definitive teacher of God’s Word. Jesus is the fullness of God’s Word. The Word of God always points to Jesus, the Living Word/Son of God.
Read each of the texts and see what you learn about the relationship between Jesus and the Bible. Make a few notes in the space below.
If you want to really know Jesus, then you must learn the Scriptures. You must spend time reading, reflecting, praying, and studying the Bible.Make this a daily priority. A little bit every day will make a greatdifference in the end.
Why does the Bible Matter So Much?
It is because the Bible reveals Jesus, who Matters Most of All.
DAY 4 || DOING THE WORD OF GOD
Matthew 7:24-29; James 1:21-27; Hebrews 4:12-13
It is important to carefully read and study God’s Word. That is what the people of Berea did in Acts 17:11.
It is important to have your mind renewed and your heart enlightened by God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 1:17).
It is important to reflect, meditate, and consider the relevance of God’s Word for your life. (See 2 Timothy 2:7; Joshua 1:8).
But it is MOST important to obey, apply, and put into practice what you learn in the Bible. That is the clear message of Matthew, James, and Hebrews. Read those passages. Why do Jesus, and then his half-brother, James, say application is so important?
How carefully do you think about how you can put into practice what you learn from Jesus through the teaching of the Bible?
What is the latest powerful idea you are putting into practice?
Every time you pick up the Bible, every time you read the Bible, every time you hear a Sunday message, every time you do your devotions, pray, “Jesus show me how to live and what your will is for my life. Help me put into practice your powerful words. Amen.”
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