The Importance of Practicing the Scriptures – PART 4 (Psalm 119:14)
Psalm 119:14, I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
What happens when we refuse to read the Bible?
4. Your Love becomes Deadened (Psalm 119:14)
Anytime we neglect consistent time with the Scriptures it increases our struggle in battling sin, in finding comfort and strength in God, in serving Jesus and in loving God’s Word. Pursuing consistent time with Scripture allows us greater knowledge of our Creator and brings us into a more intimate relationship with our Lord.
Then why do we need the Bible? For the simple fact that exposure to Scripture increases our joy in Scripture. If you want to remain passionate about the Bible, then do not depart from God’s truths. This is where many believers get into big trouble. They drift from God and end up drowning in their disobedience, making destructive decisions, chaotic choices and catastrophic conclusions. Sin fights to keep us from God and His Word. Sin is the reason why so many Christians struggle with regular time in God’s Word. Living in sin will affect your attitude toward God and His Word. It’s been said that “sin will keep you from this Book and this Book will keep you from sin”.
The more familiar you become with the love-filled, hope-giving message of God the more it breeds a greater joy from the Bible and a greater desire to spend time in it. Even the parts of the Bible we don’t grasp ultimately increase our joy, because they increase our trust—we may not grasp what is happening, but we know that God does and that He’s working for His glory and the good of those who love Him.
The Bible tells us God’s character: He loves His creation and hates sin. He will justly punish those who persist in doing evil, He is pleased to save those who humbly seek Him, He is creating a holy people for Himself out of those who were once angry, violent rebels. Just as lovers take joy in learning of each other, we also take joy in learning of our Lord by which He tells us of Himself in the Holy Bible.
Psalm 18:21, For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. Following God’s guidelines and principles will help you to avoid terrible mistakes. As you see God blessing your life because of your obedience to His Word, you will fall in love with it more and more. Proverbs 5:7, Hear me now therefore, 0 ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. If you want to fall in love with the Bible, then hunger for its words.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Word is the greatest love letter ever written. Thank You for the comfort, healing, encouragement and direction it provides. Its words are so precious to me that they never stale, expire, and never bore. Yet I am not satisfied and want to crave Your Word more and more. Help me to continually run to Your Word and meditate on it. Open my eyes that I may see all the wondrous things Your Word has for me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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