Soon after evangelist Billy Sunday became a Christian, an older believer gave him some advice on how to grow spiritually. He said, “William, there are three simple rules I can give to you, and if you will hold to them, you will never write ‘backslider’ after your name. Take 15 minutes each day to listen to God talking to you; take 15 minutes each day to talk to God; take 15 minutes each day to talk to others about God.”
How does God speak to us? He speaks to us primarily through His Word, the Bible. Yet a lot of people aren’t opening their Bibles today. Instead, we’re looking at things like social media. Every day, 66 percent of evangelical believers are looking at Facebook, 39 percent are looking at YouTube, and 32 percent are opening their Bibles.
We have a problem. We need to open up the Bible and discover what it has to say, because a successful Christian will be a Bible-studying Christian. On the other hand, a failing Christian will be someone who doesn’t open the Word of God.
I remember the first time I started to read the Bible. I couldn’t believe that I had finally found the user’s manual of life. The words were so relevant to what I was facing as a 17-year-old, and they’re still relevant to what I’m facing today. They’re relevant for every phase of life.
The Bible is the most amazing book ever written. It’s literally God’s message to us.
Technically speaking, it’s not one book but actually 66 books written over a span of 1,500 years. The words of Scripture were inspired by God and written by 40 authors from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, and scholars. And all of them write about God’s redemption of humanity.
The Word of God is perfect, and it’s completely trustworthy.
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