It was one of those hair-pulling kinds of days. The kind of day where you have a million things going on, the kiddo isn’t listening, you are running late, and you either want to cry or scream but are too busy trying to be an adult to be allowed to do either. I said a quick prayer up to God, “Help me, please,” because I knew I was about to lose my cool. Suddenly a verse came to mind, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. I was then filled with peace with the comfort from one of my favorite Bible verses.
I share this story because God answered my prayer through His Word and His Spirit gave me the peace – it certainly wasn’t from me! The entire month of March, I am focusing on “Developing a Faith that Flourishes.” One of the most impactful ways to grow in your faith is through God’s word, and here are three reasons why:
- God’s Character – How can we have faith in someone we don’t know? God may not be physically visible to us, but He has made Himself known to us through Scripture. In reading the Bible, we can come to know our Heavenly Father which in turn will deeper our relationship with Him.
- God’s Will – God’s Word is full of direction for our lives. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God has a beautiful plan for each of us and the Bible gives us the light and direction we should take in our lives. He shows us right from wrong. He teaches us how to love Him and love others. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” Psalm 119:11.
- Wearing God’s Armor – In Ephesians Chapter 6, Paul explains that in order to stand against Satan we need to put on the Armor of God. In verse 16 he compares the Word of God to The Sword of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s weapon is Scripture itself. If we equip ourselves with the Word of God we will be more capable of withstanding Satan’s attacks against us.
Now that we have an understanding why we need to become sound in Scripture, we have the encouragement we need to take action. I know reading God’s Word will help me develop in my relationship with Him and also help me deal with life. Because of this, I am going to devote time every day to reading the Bible. In addition, I am going to be intentional in equipping myself with The Sword of the Spirit by memorizing verses to help me when I am having a bad day or under spiritual attack.
My first blog post of every week will have a Scripture I am going to challenge myself to memorize that week. I also challenge you to memorize these verses along with me, so we can continue to grow in our faith and have a firm foundation in God’s Word.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your beautiful Word. Thank You for making Yourself known to us, and making Your will known to us through scripture. Help make Your Word clear to me as I read it and help guide me to answers to any questions I have. Please use Your Word to help me grow spiritually and closer to You. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Discussion: Do you have a Bible verse that has helped you either understand God’s character better, understand His will for your life more clearly, or helped you when you were in a spiritual battle?
Memory Verse: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
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