As we start to look at the Bible more, we will see that it is a fantastic love-letter from God to each of us. God has gone to a great deal of trouble to preserve His word for everyone.

The word “testament” means a covenant, promise or agreement. So, the "Old Testament" is a promise of a coming Saviour and the "New Testament" is the fulfilment of that promise in Jesus Christ. The whole Bible speaks firstly of God and all He has done, then of humanity and all that we can receive at the mercy of His hand. It contains sixty-six books written by forty authors, each of whom was inspired by the Holy Spirit. The compilation and collection of these books took over 1,600 years.

God's promise offers amazing new life for the here-and-now, plus eternal life with Him, giving endless peace, love and joy. All we have to do is believe and receive His promise. This involves actively living a new life, whilst putting our continuous trust in Jesus Christ and His word. Therefore, we need to study the Bible as if our lives depended on it - because it does!

All of the Bible comes from the breath of God, words spoken by the Spirit of God and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience and for training in righteousness [that is in holy living in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose and action], so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Amplified version)

The Bible is an action book

But be doers of the word [obey the message] and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth].” (James 1:22 - Amplified version)

The Bible needs the Holy Spirit to interpret it to 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) 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, because the lines of communication with God are not clear.

The Bible must be spoken to put power into the word

The Word of God should not depart out of your mouth, 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) The word of God has the answer to life's problems: seven thousand promises of wealth, wisdom, health and success. How can we find the promise for our situation?

  • READ
  • PRAY

READ - preferably aloud - until a verse or section excites your spirit.
LISTEN - to what the Holy Spirit is telling you about it. Fix your eyes on the promise, not the problem.
PRAY - and bring the problem to God. Cast it on Him and remind Him of His promise in the word.
PRAISE - God for the positive answer. He is faithful and will do everything He says He will do. Be patient.

NB: Only let what God says about the situation come out of your mouth, because that never changes. (Joshua 1:8) What you see is subject to change.

There is advice in the Bible on every subject under the sun and, if we follow the direction given, we will see dreadful situations completely changed around.

For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energising, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life [soul] and [the immortal] spirit and of joints and marrow, [of the deepest parts of our nature] exposing, shifting, analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 - Amplified version)

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Tha value of God's word

Jesus teaches (in Matthew 7:24-29) that any person who hears the word of Jesus and puts it into practice is very wise and can keep standing through any storm.

How blind and foolish to call Jesus nothing more than a good man or a moral teacher! Yet, even if we like God's word, we sometimes act as if it is not true. We casually toss around His words and go about living our own way. As we learn through this study that Jesus is the only Son of God, we should pay close attention to His divine identity and life-giving message.

We must make a commitment to work through the study and discipline ourselves to follow all that God is saying to us personally. We have to make studying the Bible the number one priority in our lives. As we achieve this, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will see that it is "more desirable than fine gold; sweeter also than the honeycomb." (Psalm 119:103)

There are more and more testimonies all over the world of what has happened to people when Jesus has entered into their lives. Desperately unhappy people, wealthy people, very sick people - without exception their lives have been changed, turned upside down, given new meaning and hope, a future and a plan. If we take this study seriously and make it a priority in our lives, we can get to know Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit better by obeying the word and allowing God to move in on our lives. As He did for those in the New Testament, He will do for us.

God's Word changes lives!

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