Alexander Maclaren said, “He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scriptures in his hands has all he needs.”
Sometimes as Christians, we can find ourselves being defeated. We can find ourselves losing ground instead of gaining ground and falling back into old sins that we thought were a part of our past.
That’s because we lose sight of the basics. We need to go back to the very beginning, to the Word of God. We need to take what God has given us and let it develop in our lives.
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.
But it isn’t enough to just read. We need to comprehend what it is saying. We need to be hungry for the Word of God.
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).
If you’re feeling down and listless spiritually, if fear and anxiety is flooding your life, you need the Word of God. You need to spend time in the Word of God every day. Martin Luther said this about God’s Word: “The Bible is alive. It speaks to me. It has feet. It runs after me.”
That is what God wants to happen in your life. As you open His Word, it will speak to your heart. So if you want to be a growing Christian, you must read, study, and love the Word of God.
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