The Bible is God’s love letter to us, as He does not just want to see us become Christians and then let us get on with living by ourselves. He sent us a "comforter" in the form of the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth and will make the Bible come to life for us on a daily basis. (See 1 Corinthians 2:14)

Jesus Christ (the "word of God") is revealed in the Bible. He is the focus of the Bible and, through it, shares His Life with us. “You alone have the words that give eternal life.” (John 6:68-69). We can see from this that the "word of God" lasts for ever and always meets all our needs.

Why is the Bible so important?

  1. To have wisdom to help our friends deal with their problems. “holding out to them the word of life...” (Philippians 2:16)
  2. The Bible gives us real peace in life, direction and encouragement, which no circumstances can remove from us. “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63). “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
  3. We receive spiritual victory when we live by the word of God. “So use every piece of God's armour to resist the enemy whenever he attacks and, when it is all over, you will still be standing. To do this, you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God's approval. Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the good news of peace with God. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. You will also need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit - which is the "Word of God". Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit's wishes. Plead with Him, reminding Him of your needs, and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere”. (Ephesians 6:13-18)
  4. God's word gives us direction in how to pray for ourselves and others. “I have not stopped giving thanks for you remembering you in my prayers... I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:15-22; 3:14-21)
  5. God's word is vital for giving us guidance. “Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling”. (Psalm 119:105)
  6. If we are given any words of prophecy for our personal situation, we can check them against God's word and find that they are the same. A prophecy will only confirm what God has already been speaking to you about and is never contrary to the "word of God". (2 Peter 1:19-21)

The Bible is a treasure chest of promises, ministering faith and the life of God to His people. It has the answer to life's problems, containing seven thousand promises for love, health, wisdom, wealth and success. Find the promise for your situation. NOW!

We must hear God’s word to enable our faith to grow. (Romans 10:17) Therefore:

  1. We need to read the Bible daily. (Psalm 119:96-97; Acts 17:11)
  2. We need to study and search the Scriptures. (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 5:11-14)
  3. We need to know, obey and believe the Bible. (Matthew 7:24-27; 2 Timothy 3:15)
  4. We need to use God's word as a weapon against our enemy, the devil. (Ephesians 6:17)
  5. We can use it to resist temptation. (Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
  6. We can use it to attain spiritual victory. (See Ephesians 6:10-18 especially verses 12 and 17.)

The Bible is an action book. “Be doers of the word and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth.” (James 1:22)

The Holy Spirit will interpret the Bible for us. “Those without the Spirit do not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God for they are foolish to them, and they cannot understand them." (1 Corinthians 2:14) So, unless we are born again of the Holy Spirit of God, we will find it difficult to get God's full depth of meaning from the Bible, since the lines of communication with God are broken.

The Bible must be spoken to put power into the word. “The word of God should not depart out of your mouth (never stop speaking it), but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

If God has ever spoken to you through His word, then thank Him and ask Him to continue speaking to you, using Samuel's words: “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

God is speaking to us all the time as we were created to have fellowship with the Father. It just means that we need to be quiet and listen; to listen and listen.

The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63)

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