Years ago, a friend compared me to an untrained firefighter. There is just one problem. I wanted to engage in fighting fires; however, I didn’t want to practice the disciplines that would help. It’s not exactly what Rick said, yet it is closer to the real truth. Without discipline, I would have a difficult time in achieving my goal of writing.
It’s not a matter of sitting down and writing. I needed to do some seemingly unrelated tasks. If done, they would greatly help my writings. Do you think there is a reason for daily reading my Bible? There are other disciplines that are also worth mentioning, too. In time, I’d come to appreciate the value of editing, proofreading, research and promoting.
I have already written about these other tasks and you can find those articles on my blog site. They are in the “Content Creation” category and its related subcategories. For today, I would like to share on the value of the Word of God in our daily life; even if you are not a Christian writer.
Does it sound strange to see an article on reading your Bible, here? It should not be too strange and the Word of God lies at the heart of many of my writings. You simply have to read and find out. There is a way to detect if it’s from God or not. I’ll share this tip, shortly.
The goal of Inspiration Point is to provide encouraging stories of overcoming the impact of negativity in our lives. At the same time, I’d be sharing the love of God, the Father; as expressed through Jesus. One way to encourage people to read the Bible and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying.
Here is where I got the idea for today’s blog post. It came from a class discussion, at my church. The discussion revolves around 2 Timothy 4-7:
4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Why this particular set of Scriptures? How does it relate to discipline? Our class is talking about the Word of God and its role in our church’s culture. I have to give Brett and Maria credit for giving me, an idea for today’s topic. You never know where a story idea can come from. If an idea shows staying power then it may be worth writing about.
Before I continue, there is something that needs pointing out. Did you read the last verse in the above Scriptures? Timothy is going to need help in understanding Paul and he’s being reminded to seek God’s help.
Yes, there is an obvious surface meaning. At the same time, there is more to it and the matter is going to require thought and prayer. It may also help to have read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from wrestling and Cross Country, self-discipline can have a powerful effect on our ability to achieve our goals.
There is a reason, my coaches had their athletes do drills. It was never meant to punish or humiliate us. Mr. Ollie Lokerson and Mr. Scott Riley wanted the teams to succeed. To do so, we needed training and those repetitive drills. I am certainly not the best wrestler; however, those drills came in handy during my matches.
How does the above illustration help with the reading of the Word of God? What about helping with family, work, the Internet and so forth? Paul is not just telling Timothy, to a bunch of meaningless drills. Here is why you don’t read Bible verses, in isolation. He is instructing the reader to engage in a lifestyle that would help in navigating the world around him or her.
If you had read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 then you’ll discover one key strategy and here is what Paul says about Scriptures ability to help:
14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
I suggest that you carefully read the above quote. The Bible is not meant to be treated like a spellbook or a book of incantations. Memorizing does have value; however, it is not the sole purpose of the Word of God.
The Word of God is food for your spirit and heart. If you are willing to listen, the Scripture is able to help you in your daily life. There is a reason that Jesus says “Man is not to live on bread, alone. We’re to live on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Does this mean I can limit myself to just certain verses? Not so fast! If you only ate bread then you are going to have a problem. To get the full benefit then you must read the whole thing. Didn’t you read the “all Scripture is profitable” part?
Today, we’re fond of eating a balanced diet. The same thing goes for a diet of God’s Word. Here is an important key. If you put your trust in God and Jesus is your Lord and Savior then you are not under the Law. It’s found in the Old Testament. We’re under grace and free from the dictate from the Laws. At the same time, we are not free to do whatever we please.
Are you more likely to pick up a novel or listen to a good story? Guess what? God’s Word has plenty of stories and it’s the primary means of sharing ideas and God’s precept. Where do you suppose the idea of one man and one woman came about? It’s not because Jesus said it. Rather, it’s illustrated through the stories found in the Old Testament.
If you want a God-breathed story on the dangers of parenting then the Holy Spirit has a treat for you and it is a timeless one. Yes, the culture and time period are different; however, the point is timeless. It’s this very method of storytelling that kept my eyes glued to the
It’s this very method of storytelling that kept my eyes glued to the pages of my old King James Bible. As a child, I delighted in reading these incredible stories and I came to know about God. Did I understand? No. I simply enjoyed reading my Bible. I had no idea that I am enjoying spiritual food. Of course, years have passed and perceptions do change.
If you don’t know, I’m a superhero comic book fan and I’ve been one since I was a kid. Who am I kidding? I am still one, today. It doesn’t take much for me to get lost on Wikipedia and reading what happened to the characters that enjoyed. One day, I asked my Father, “Why can I dive into reading comic book lore and get lost in it? Yet, I would struggle in my daily reading of the Bible.”
“It is because you enjoy reading about the Rogues from the Flash comics. The same thing goes for many others. The Word of God should be read in the same fashion. Delight yourself in the Word of God and enjoy the many treasures hidden within it. At the same time, your heart will be enriched by a regular reading of God’s Word” came the reply.
When Scripture reading is a delight and a joy, it is a lot easier to take in the many treasures contained within the Word of God. Yes, I will ask questions and check thing; however, it is part of the fun and joy of reading my Bible. There is something else happening:
33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. [Jeremiah 31:33]
Yes, God’s Spirit is writing His truths on my heart and it’s not an overnight process. It’s a learning and growing process that will take a lifetime. Guess what? I might as well enjoy it. How is this happening? It’s through a regular diet of God’s Word. Your heart’s attitude will determine your mileage. It’s like my passion for comics. As I feed this passion, my interest continues to grow.
What do you suppose will happen to an interest in reading something that is healthy and will benefit you, in the long run? If you keep feeding your passion for God’s Word then you are going to want more of it. Yes, you’ll find yourself asking questions about what you’re reading.
There is another part that can increase your enjoyment of God’s Word. Today, comic book fans can easily go online and contact their favorite writers and ask tons of questions. It’s easy because of the Internet. You can do something similar with the Bible. I am talking about sharing your questions with God.
The Word of God is both humanly written and divinely inspired. The Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures through prophets, kings, apostles, and others. I suspect the Holy Spirit probably knew people from different cultures would eventually read and it would not be in Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew. Don’t be afraid to ask your questions.
Jesus knew my questions were coming. I, for one, enjoyed asking those questions. Hopefully, my questions are done in a spirit of humility and a willingness to learn. The same thing goes for you. Don’t be afraid to dive in and enjoy God’s Word and ask questions. Don’t settle for what you hear on Sunday morning. DIVE IN!
Wait! Where are the disciplines mentioned earlier? Am I not supposed to discipline myself? Truth is, if you enjoy something then you’ll earnestly pursue it. If you don’t have an attitude of enjoyment then discipline will be difficult. If I enjoy something then it will become easier to exercise discipline in reading one’s Bible.