This is the first part of a new series called, “The Basics” which I hope will lead you through a journey to understanding the basic ideas behind Christianity and your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Even if you have been walking with the Lord for many years, I hope that this series will be a time of refreshing your faith as we walk through God’s word together.
The first thing we need to do is talk about Jesus. Who is Jesus? Well historically we know that He lived over 2,000 years ago in the middle east. He is acknowledged as an insightful and wise teacher among most religions in the world today, but He is so much more than that. We can learn everything we need to know about Jesus in God’s word, an inspired book, written about God, Jesus, and their relationship with sinful people.
The Bible is the only living book that has ever existed, and it continues to be a very important tool in our journey of getting to know God better. If you live in the Americas or Europe, you are very blessed to be able to get ahold of a Bible and read it whenever and wherever you want. Not all Christians have this blessing. In some countries in the world, the Bible is banned and illegal to own. That is how powerful this book is.
The Holy Spirit aka The Helper
When people first come into a personal, saving faith in Jesus, they may not know what the next step is. The next step is very important one. Without it you will not be able to fully understand the bible no matter how smart you are. Pray and ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, aka the Helper, which is one of the three forms of God we read about in the bible. This Helper will help you understand the bible.
Matthew 3:11 has this to say about the Holy Spirit, “I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He (Jesus) who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
I know this may seem like a lot to take in, and I promise we will talk about the Holy Spirit in detail later, but for now, pray for the Holy Spirit to be a part of your life. It will help when it comes to reading God’s very long love letter, also known as the bible.
What God Tells Us About His Word
I realize I am about to throw a ton of scripture at you with very little commentary, and there is a specific reason for that. Spend time reading these verses and trying to understand them. Pray for God to help you have understanding. Memorize them, meditate on them. God’s word is where you are going to start your amazing relationship with your loving Father in heaven.
Now let’s look at some principles about God’s word that are found in the bible.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17
God’s word is perfect. It is also beneficial in so many ways! In this verse we see just a few of those ways, and I hope they blow your mind. God’s word is profitable (brings something positive and worth-while into our lives), and helps us to become competent people, able to do good. It makes us complete! Are you looking for completion in your life? I know I am!
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” –Psalm 119:105
God’s word guides us! It shows us the way we should go.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statues! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.” –Psalm 119:1-6
Following God’s word will bless us and keep us from being ashamed.
“But He (Jesus) answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” –Matthew 4:4
“I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” –Job 23:12
God’s word is literally our nourishment. It is good for us, even better than food. It also tells us what will poison our souls. Do you eat? Are you a Christian? You cannot afford to ignore the word of God. Jesus said it is more important than physical food.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” –Romans 15:4
God’s word gives us encouragement, endurance, and hope. Those are three things we need so desperately!
“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” –Psalm 119:10-11
God’s word keeps us safe from a wandering heart and sin (which is always accompanied by destruction).
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” –2 Timothy 2:15
I wish that bible verse had an exclamation point at the end of it, hahaha. It is such a powerful verse. If you rightly divide the word of truth, meaning that you understand and apply the bible to your life, you will be a worker that is approved to God! This verse still hangs in my husband’s old room at his father’s house, and I often think that one, very powerful verse, is what has inspired him at every turn to become the transparent man of God he is today. If we are following God’s word, we won’t need to be ashamed, and our transparency and love can be an accurate representation of the love of Jesus Christ.
“In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” –Psalm 56:4
God’s word literally drives away fear. Seriously, what can flesh do to me? The psalmist makes a good point.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” –Matthew 24:35
Everything else in this world is going to pass away except for the words of God.
“And you shall know the truth, and truth shall make you free.” –John 8:32
God’s word makes you free. It is truth, it gives you identity, and it gives you purpose.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against there is no such law.” –Galatians 5:22-23
God’s word tells us what we should start to be like. Memorize this list and every time you are doing something you feel like you shouldn’t, ask yourself if it falls under one of these categories. If it doesn’t, don’t do it.
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” –James 1:23-25
God’s word must be put into action. If you only read it and don’t let it soak into your heart and change your sinful ways, then you won’t be blessed in what you do. The bible says it right here.
The Relationship – Things Are Getting Serious
When you start becoming friends with someone or dating someone you spend a lot of time talking to them. You ask them questions and find out about their life. When you care about someone, you invest time in finding out more about them. This situation is different, because God already knows everything about you, since He created you and all. But you need to spend time finding out more about Him, and when you do you will learn that He cares for you in such a way, that He wants to hear everything you have to say. He wants to talk to you. Even though He made you, He still wants fellowship with you. Think about people in your life that you love. Even though you may know all of their stories or everything they love and everything they absolutely do not like, you still want to spend time with them. That is how God feels about you because He loves you.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” -John 1:1
If you want to get to know Jesus better, start with God’s word.
If you are a busy woman, a mother, or a wife, making time to read your Bible may be very difficult. I’m right there with you, I understand! Try to wake up just five minutes earlier so you can spend at least five minutes with God every day. This is just a starting place, of course. But it will make a difference in your life and in your day! I personally believe once you see these differences you will be willing to sacrifice more of your time to spend in God’s word, even when it is painful (for example at 5am in the morning).
Thank you so much for Your love for us. Thank You for the bible. May it be the road map for our lives. Help us to grown in our love and understanding of Who You are and all that You desire for our lives. Help us to be more and more like you, and less like our sinful selves. Thank You that You loved us while we were still against You.
In Your holy name,
Next time we will be talking more in depth about making time for God, and listening for His small, still voice. Until then…