“Take Up The Challenge”

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Bible Study, Reading, Salvation

     “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain. The greatest book is the Word of God. It contains information that can show us how we can have eternal life with God in heaven and it tells us what will happen to those who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Consider its value.  It can –

     Keep us from sin (Psalm 119:11). What is sin? It’s lawlessness (1 John 3:4), doing something while doubting (Romans 14:23), or failing to do what we know God wants us to do (James 4:17). Sin leads to spiritual death (Romans 6:23) and physical death (1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20). Death is separation, not annihilation.

     Lift our burdens (Psalm 119:28). Jesus Christ bore your sins and mine in His body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:6). He asks believers to help bear other peoples’ burdens – those that they didn’t bring on themselves (Galatians 6:2, 5). Bad attitudes can lead to sinful behavior.

     Guide our steps  (Psalm 119:105). The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23). God wants us to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). His Word acts like a lamp to keep us from falling into sin.

     Bring us joy (Psalm 119:111). It is one part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) and it can give us strength as we find our delight in the person of God (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 21:1; Philippians 4:4).

     Lead us to wisdom (Psalm 119:130). The devil has a different kind of wisdom that he offers as a counterfeit to God’s wisdom (James 3:15). It seems right, but it ends up in death (Proverbs 14:12). But God’s wisdom is given to His children who ask for it (James 1:5). It also involves the proper fear of the Lord (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7).

     Give us peace (Psalm 119:165). What kind of peace? We gain peace with God when we trust in Jesus as our personal Savior (Romans 5:1). It can’t be destroyed. But the peace of God is an elusive thing that must be maintained on a moment by moment basis (Philippians 4:6, 7; Galatians 5:22).

     Bring us back to God (Psalm 119:176). Many of God’s children are like wandering sheep who need to be brought back to the fold to be with the Good Shepherd and the rest of the sheep (Luke 15:4-7; Galatians 6:1; John 10:11, 14). We all start out in the devil’s family and must be “born again from above” to enter God’s family (John 3:3-6),

     Point us to the Savior. A very small portion of God’s Word records the Gospel message. You don’t have to read or know everything in the Bible to be saved from hell. You don’t have to make promises to God that you can’t keep. Salvation is freely offered to all mankind. We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

     Vain. Anyone who adds other conditions or changes the Gospel message is accursed (Galatians 1:8, 9). You could know all the facts of the Gospel, agree with them and still be lost. Not until you transfer your trust from yourself and your good works to Christ alone are you really saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

     Question. With all these benefits that come from reading the Bible, why would you neglect it? It is primarily God’s love letter to His children. Are you His child or a child of the devil (1 John 3:10)? Have you been “born again from above”?

     Think about this. “The Bible can keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.” The Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Imagine, by dedicating yourself to spend about 15 minutes each day you could read the whole Bible in a year’s time. That’s just 1 % of each day God has given to you. Isn’t He worth your time? He knows all about you and made you to bring glory to Himself (1 Corinthians 10:31). Why not read His letter to you each day?  Or if you want to do so, you could listen to it on an audio version of the Bible.

     Help! If you would like to see the “big picture” before you get started, we invite you ask about our “Bible Panorama,” and our “Dispensational Chart.” Ask us about a Bible that will help pace you each day through the Bible.  Visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com

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