I was raised by a Baptist preacher. There was always a Bible around my house. I memorized Genesis 1:1 and John 3:16 as a child. I could tell you the four gospels and find most scriptures in the Bible within seconds… But I didn’t know the Word.
I knew what I had been taught in years of Sunday School and church, but my Bible and I did not have a personal relationship. I didn’t open it during the week near like I should. Sure, I did lots of Bible Studies that asked me to go to a specific scripture or better yet printed it right there for me. I also read lots of books about the Bible and Christian beliefs.
But I didn’t just open the Bible and read it very often.
When I changed that, is when God began to change me. It is when he took our conversation, our relationship, to the next level.
Yet, I know the Bible is an intimidating book. I was raised with one on my nightstand and I was still intimidated. But that is the devil, keeping us from its power. The Bible is not meant to be intimidating. It is meant to be power.
And when we choose not to read it, we are missing out on that power.
A few months ago, a women’s Bible study I am a part of decided to study the book of John – nothing holding our hands, just the book of John, a notebook, pen, and probably a good commentary. This was taking several of us out of our comfort zone, so to open the session, we just read scripture after scripture about the power of the Word and just what it was capable of. Reading that list of scripture, one after the other, was an enlightening moment.
I want you to read through this list. I want you to taste the power of the Word. I want you to let this list explain why it is important to read the Word.
If you have a consistent Bible reading time, may this fuel your flame. If you read occasionally, may this push you to a more consistent time in the Word. And if you are intimidated like I was, well, this list will probably still leave you a little intimidated, because after reading it you will see the Word is like Pandora’s box, only opposite. It is full of hope – ready to be let out – and it has a way of making all the bad disappear.
So please read on and read carefully. There is power here.
So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Nehemiah 8:2-3
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. Psalm 119:130
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. Psalm 119:160
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
For the word of God is alive 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. Hebrews 4:12
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 2 Peter 2:2-3
As this last verse tells us, I hope these scriptures allowed you to taste and see that the Lord is good. I hope you really read them. Read them again. Let them soak in. Savor them. We have this power, sitting on a bookshelf, maybe on your nightstand, somewhere in our house, we have this power. Unleash it. Allow it to change you and your family.
Again I know it can be intimidating to think about just opening the Bible and beginning to read it, but you can do it. I will be talking about ways to study the Bible in the weeks to come, and there are hundreds of great ideas out there on the internet.
Do not be afraid to get started or even increase your game. Pin this list or share this list of scripture so you have it to refer to and motivate you. I know I have pulled out my handwritten list many times.
No matter where you are in your Bible study habits, I hope this helps motivate and focus you. I hope this helps you focus on the Power of the Word and how you can use it in your life.