Reading the Word of God is important because…
The Word makes sure that we are right with the Lord.
In Hebrews 4:12-13, the Word, which is sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrates and judges the condition of our hearts. It assesses our thoughts and intentions to make sure it is aligned with God’s will and truths, and not deceived by our sinful desires and rationalization. Verse 12 is an encouragement to a believer because the Lord has given us His Word so that as long as we are reading the Word of God, we can continually judge ourselves. And just in case we decide to not deal with our sins, the Lord reminds us in verse 13 that God is watching us.
The Word grows us in godliness and transforms us more into the image of God.
Spiritual growth occurs when we read the Bible. All of scripture is profitable for teaching, rebuking, straightening us out, and training us in righteousness so that we will be completely equip to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When we read the Bible, scripture first points out our errors, then we are corrected from our wrong ways of thinking, and finally trained in righteousness.
We will know God’s word.
When we read and study the Bible, we will be able to accurately handle the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). When we are not able to present God’s word accurately, we have ashamed the Lord and have not diligently presented ourselves approved by God. Also, our evangelistic efforts are useless when we are not able to present God’s truth correctly. We need to know God’s word because according to Romans 10:18, faith only comes through hearing the word of Christ, and if we are not able to accurately handle the word of God how is the Lord going to use us to bring the lost back to him.
When we know God’s word, we can guard ourselves from spiritual warfare by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17).
Post by Tiffany Kim