The Bible is a book unlike any other book. I have many books in my library, but all are insignificant in comparison to God’s Word. Before time began, the Lord established its content (Psalm 119:89). He then supernaturally moved men to write and record its words (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21). He has promised that it will endure forever (Matthew 24:35), and He has declared that it will bring special blessing to all who cherish it (Psalm 19:11). Considering the special nature of God’s Word, it seems like common, spiritual sense for God’s people to use it for their own good and for God’s glory. Consider three ways we can practically implement the Bible into our daily lives.
Some Christians shriek at the thought of meditation. They imagine a spooky, borderline-satanic practice belonging to another religion. Meditation, however, simply deals with thinking upon a matter -- mulling it over in one’s mind. Paul encouraged the practice in Philippians 4:8-9. The Bible encourages us to do this in regard to the content of its pages. There is great benefit in memorizing its words so that we can remember them during times of trial, temptation, and testing. The Psalmist said, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). I’ve discovered that a practice of regularly reading the Bible will lead one to naturally memorize portions of the Bible by default. However, there is benefit in writing down verses which you might want to memorize. Maybe you have a struggle with bitterness, anxiety, or some sort of temptation. Look for verses that encourage you in that matter. Work at memorizing them word for word. You will discover the power of Scripture when you store it in your heart. When trouble knocks at the door of your heart, you will have the Sword of the Spirit readily available for help (Ephesians 6:17).
Scripture never really accomplishes its ultimate purpose until it transforms the way we live. Many fall short of God’s best because they never put what they learn into practice. The Bible encourages us to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22). When God gives you truth from His Book, make a plan to put it into action. Maybe you need to forgive someone, remove a bad habit, confess a sin, or commit to a certain discipline. Action is the key to experiencing the full blessings of the Bible.
When Jesus trained His first disciples, He said, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops” (Matthew 10:27). He wanted them to share what they learned from their personal learning sessions. They weren’t supposed to hear from God alone. They were supposed to hear and share. Christ has commanded all of His followers to do something similar (Matthew 28:18-20). Our personal time in God’s Word isn’t intended to stay private. God wants us to go public with it. When you read the Bible, reflect on this question — “With whom can I share this message?” Look for opportunities to speak God’s Word throughout the day. Share what God shows you. Who knows how the Lord will use your witness for His kingdom!
Dr. Patrick Latham