Proverbs 29 7-29-18

A Christian who refuses to read God’s Word–I don’t get it! God’s Word is what told us how to be saved!

[1] A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

The whole point of reading the Bible is gaining perspective, God’s perspective. It’s more than that, though. His Words are eternal and active in the universe and our lives.

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

If we ignore Him by ignoring His Word, then we are doomed to walk into the enemy’s traps.

Proverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

Proverbs 22:5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

We are creatures of habit. When we read His Word everyday, we begin to think like our LORD. With His Spirit inside us, we actually have the mind of Christ available to us! We access it through His Word.

1 Corinthians 2:13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

[16] …we have the mind of Christ.

From the Center for Bible Engagement:

Less than two out of five read the Bible at least once a week. In addition, only one out of four American Christians completely agree with the statement that they regularly study the Bible to find direction of their lives (Gallup, 2003).

A lack of scriptural engagement produces several consequences. Disengagement from God’s word has left American believers ignorant of basic Bible facts and truths, vulnerable to false teachings, and, in many cases, spiritually immature. As our research has demonstrated, those who read the Bible at least four times a week are less likely to engage in behaviors such as gambling, pornography, getting drunk, and sex outside marriage.

Why? Because the Spirit now has something to call to mind at the proper time.

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Let’s begin today to read His Word everyday intentionally learning (creating a base of knowledge) so that He has something from which to draw when talking to us.

“In the beginning was the WORD…” John 1:1

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