Why is it difficult for people to read the Word of God? Why do people spend an inordinate amount of time reading newspapers, staying on social media, or watching television? Are they hoping to receive “good news,” from these sources? Unfortunately, much of their time won’t prepare them for the everlasting life.
The importance of Bible Study plays a pivotal role in helping us prepare for eternal life. The precious Word of God prepares us to maneuver through this treacherous world, with its many detours, and unexpected stops. We must rely on God’s wisdom to help us become cognizant of our surroundings as we sojourn through this life. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
As a young man, I sat in the congregation and listened to a preacher, give an inspiring message of the Gospel. When the invitation was given, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit, that touched my heart, and I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I remember completing a form and the preacher stood me before the congregation. I remember the preacher saying, “Aren’t we grateful Ed, has come forward to surrender his life to Jesus Christ.” I acknowledged that Jesus was the son of God, and confessed my belief before the congregation. I also remember the congregation in the auditorium, in unison saying “Amen.”
During my first week, as a “New Babe” in Christ, as a young man I struggled, failed, and went through a “spiritual” roller-coaster. There were many times, I was “up” and often, I was “down.” Often, I wondered, if I had been saved at all. However, after I began to slowly get into the Word of God, and study the Bible. I learned some “truths” and began to develop a firm foundation for which I could stand on. My life became transformed, and I became more “spiritually” focused. Not by resolution, emotion, or determination, but by the “truth” of God’s Word.
As believers of Christ, or those who are new Christians, we must learn some factors of faithfulness that’ll enable us to stand strong to be good Christians at home; and solid citizens in this world. The factor of faithfulness that should be our number one priority is, “Bible Study.”
As we read God’s Word, Paul said to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Now, this is God’s command to you and me, through Paul and Timothy, to study the Word. Do you want to live a Holy Life?
Jesus said, in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Do you want to be sanctified? Do you want to be Holy? Do you want to be powerful in the Lord? Do you want to stop riding a “spiritual” roller coaster? Do you want to stop walking around on “eggshells,” or continue to get stuck in quicksand? Do you want some “spiritual steel” and concrete beneath your feet? Then learn to be faithful in “Bible Study.”
There are attributes needed for one to know, understand, and live by the Word of God. I’m talking about the faithfulness in Bible Study.
First, one must receive the saving author of the Bible, in their heart. God is the author. Why? Simply because without Jesus Christ, one’s
“spiritually” blind. 1 Corinthians 2:14, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
If you’ve only been born once, you’re a “natural” man born into the “natural world” and blind to the “spiritual” world. One will never truly understand the Bible. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Without Jesus Christ, the author of the Bible in one’s heart, they’ll never understand the Bible.
To try to help an “unsaved” person truly understand the Bible, it’s like trying to teach a dog to understand opera or a foreign language. They can’t do it, nor do they have the facility, or ability to understand the Word of God. Someone once said, “The Bible is God’s love letter to His Children. If one has read it and doesn’t understand it, they’ve been reading someone else’s mail.” You see, the Bible is God’s letter to us.
In order to understand the Bible, one must know the God of the Bible. An unsaved person can read the Bible and appreciate its beautiful literature. They might learn the history of the Bible. They might even agree with the moral precepts of the Bible. However, they will never know the deep meaning of God’s Word, until they’re born again. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. Nicodemus was a Master in Israel (a brilliant man), but he couldn’t understand.
The reason why Nicodemus couldn’t understand is, he had not been born again. Jesus replied, in John 3:3, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Nicodemus was a blind man. In John 3:5, “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Therefore, if one would understand the Bible, invite the Lord Jesus Christ, into their heart the “saving” author of the Bible. In essence, one must receive the “saving” author of the Bible. Once Christ is in one’s heart, then they’ll begin to pray. Prior to initiating Bible Study, always pray. Never come to Bible Study, without praying.
In Psalm 119, there are three (3) prayers that are needed before Bible Study:
Psalm 119:12, “Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.” When one prays this, God begins to teach one. God becomes the teacher in one’s heart. When we lay our “intellectual” pride in the dust, and pray over the Word of God. Now, remember Christ must be in one’s heart.
First of all, three things will happen, when you pray Lord teach me your decrees, in Psalm 119:18, “your eyes will open.” Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” This is the first thing that will happen, one’s eyes will be open. God will help one see things they’ve never seen. One can tell when they’re “walking in the spirit,” when one reads the Word of God. There are “truths” that jump up off the Bible, and into one’s heart.
Secondly, not only will one’s eyes be open, but one’s heart will be stirred. In Psalm 119:36, “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” God opens your eyes and inclines your heart. Therefore, one must see, and the heart must be moved. Thirdly, one’s mind must be enlightened. Psalm 119:73, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me the understanding to learn your commands.”
In essence, prior to opening to indelible Word of God; one must ask God to give them a new heart, a new mind, along with a greater understanding. The importance of understanding the Word is through the Holy Spirit.
We’re living in dangerous times where people are convincing others that “right is wrong.” The Bible is “truth” and we must have a solid foundation to stand on to preclude becoming trapped as prey for Satan.
2 Timothy 3:16, says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Let’s begin to ask God to transform our lives to be of service to Him.
Source: Adrian Rodgers