1. How many days out of the week do you read your Bible.
As Christians we should be reading the Bible daily. Reading the Bible feeds our spirit and if our spirit isn’t being fed that means our flesh is. (Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.)
God’s Word should never leave our mouth, we should be meditating on it day and night, to make sure we do everything that it tells us to. Obeying God’s Word makes us prosperous and successful. (Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.) So many people quote that verse not realizing that it's obeying the Word of God that allows us to prosper.
God is the living Word. I was watching a Tony Evans sermon and He was talking about how God doesn’t just speak to us through our spirit, but He also inserted Himself in the Bible. As we read the Bible, God is speaking to us. (Hebrews 4:12- For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.) The Bible teaches us how God wants us to live by exposing our heart and mind so that we can be made in His image. (2 Timothy 3:16-17- The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.) The Bible prepares us for everything we may face in life. Bible stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. God didn’t just create us but He left us here with instructions because almost all things created have manuals. A manual is a book of instructions, especially for operating a machine or learning a subject; a handbook. We need the Bible to know how to handle ourselves. We need the Bible in order to stop living our life the wrong way and live it the way God intended.
Just like Solomon wrote Proverbs to teach his people, God gave us the Bible to teach us. He wanted us to know how to act in every circumstance and to be just and fair in everything we did. He wanted to warn us about things we would face in this life. A warning is cautionary advice, it’s a lesson to keep us from making the same mistake. The Bible consists of people who obeyed or disobeyed God. He wants us to the read the Bible to learn and not make the same mistakes others did.
2. What verse stands out to you?
Psalm 119 is so powerful. David was truly a man after God's own heart and He loved God's Word. He loved it because it counsels, revives, encourages and makes us understand what God wants us to do.
3. What is the Bible to you?
The Bible is our source.
Just like a lamp needs to be plugged into an outlet, it’s source of energy, we need to be plugged into the Word of God in order to get our source of energy. We should be reading our Bible daily and even throughout the course of our day we should be meditating on God’s Word. Meditate means to think deeply or carefully about (something), to ponder and reflect. There are going to be times when we won’t have our physical Bible with us but if we store God’s Word in our heart and meditate on it we’ll be fine.
Jesus didn’t have a physical Bible on Him, but He used the scriptures each time the devil tempted Him. The devil even tried to use the scripture out of context in verse 6, but Jesus not only knew what the scriptures said, but He knew what they meant.
God doesn’t just want us to listen to the Word, He wants us to obey it. He doesn’t just want us to read the Word, He wants us to apply it to our lives.
Philip explained the scripture He was reading and used many others to tell him about Jesus. God doesn’t just want us to read the Word, He wants us to understand it and help others understand. If we’re not reading the Bible to retain knowledge we won’t be able to help others when they have questions about God. (2 Timothy 2:15- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.) (Proverbs 1:5-6- I want those already wise to become wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning in these nuggets of truth.”) God doesn’t want us to have a surface level understanding of the Bible. He wants us to dig deeper so we can lead others to the truth.
We need to stay connected to the source- God, He’s our manual that instructs us how to operate the life He gave us.
4. What did you get out of tonight's lesson?