"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, NIV)
In order for Christians to conquer bondages, have hope in a hopeless world, and live a life of true freedom, it is vital for them to carry their sword daily ... that is their Bible.
The Bible is critical for everyday living because it shows us the character of God, how to find eternal life, and how to live while here on earth (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).
The Scriptures can also take us through a journey of healing our brokenness and wrong mindsets. Whether it's brokenness and wrong thinking within families, the church, or individually -- God alone is the redeemer of broken hearts and through His words we find healing. The Bible is fuel for our souls. It is also essential for feeding and nourishing our mind, body, and spirit.
Would you go a day without food or drink? Neither should you go a day without carrying the "sword" and reading the Bible. It refreshes the souls of all who read it. "Chicken Soup for the Soul" has nothing on "God's Word for the Soul."
If you are one that is not yet acquainted with your Bible, it's not too late. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started:
Start by reading 10 minutes a day. You can get a lot out of reading the Word in just 10 minutes. Although 10 minutes may not seem like a very long time, it is a start. Who knows, you may even find that one scripture you were looking for to help face a challenge for the day.
I implore you to begin reading your Bible just 10 minutes a day and soon, you will see your hunger for God's word increasing daily.
Read as if God is speaking directly to you. Always look for personal application as you read your Bible. In doing this, we become one with His spirit. God's Word is living and active. You may read the same scripture over and over again but get a totally different meaning, depending on your situation or what you need to hear that day.
The Word is alive, just as Christ is alive. It is the living Word because it will speak into your personal life and the trials that you are facing in your life today. The Bible is not a book of yesterday, it is for the here and now.
The more you read your Bible, the more you will desire to study it. To know God's Word is to be rich in your soul. There is so much to be learned from reading the Bible. All the wisdom the Word entails cannot be comprehended in a lifetime, so I challenge you to start reading yours today!
"Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4, NIV)
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .