As the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi would start his training camps by holding up a football and saying, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
Then he would take the professional players through the basics of football. He treated them like blank slates, as though they’d never heard any of it before.
As Christians, we can lose sight of the basics as well. We may find ourselves losing ground instead of gaining ground as we fall back into old sins that we thought were a part of our past. And we can suffer defeat.
So we need to go back to the very beginning. If we want to be growing Christians, then we must read, study, and love the Word of God.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (NKJV).
A growing believer will be a lover of God’s Word. The psalmist wrote, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97 NKJV).
The Victorian-era Scottish preacher Alexander MacLaren said, “He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs.”
We can find everything we need to know about God in the pages of the Bible. So if you want to know God, then you need to open, read, study, and apply what the Bible teaches.
Success or failure in the Christian life is determined by how much of the Word of God we get into our lives on a regular basis and how obedient we are to it.
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