Over the past five weeks, God has enriched our lives through our short series, The Word. I know I have grown immensely in our time together and trust you have as well. My goal was to help you begin to experience the power of God’s Word by learning to understand it, and then live it by applying it to your life. We increased your trust in its reliability and accuracy. But, and more important, I wanted you to discover the nuggets of gold found in the pages of a book written by the finger of God.
In order to find those golden nuggets, you have to dig – but the rewards are great! Every time we open the pages of God’s Word, the Divine Author is right there, whispering His truth through the presence of the Holy Spirit. And, every time I move from experience to living out this truth, there is an explosion of new life that begins a new chapter in my faith journey.
My earnest desire for each of you over the past five weeks is summed up in these words:
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18)
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.” (Psalm 119:33, 34)
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
Yes the Bible is a living book. It is alive! But, it is alive because these are the very words of God given to lead us into a relationship with the only real and living God. It is a relational book designed by God Himself to lead you into an ever growing relationship with Him.
The choice is yours. You must personally make the effort to read it, memorize it and decide to move from experience to living. If you choose to walk in the pages of this book, God will show up and you will be forever changed.
Let me make a few suggestions that will help move from experience to living.
Read the Bible. Pick a plan and don’t look back. If you need help, let us know. There simply is no growth apart from this book (1 Peter 2:2).
Memorize the Bible. I started this years ago. The most helpful way I found was to make small cards I could fit in my pocket and then copy the Bible verse or verses I wanted to memorize on each card. Whenever I stuck my hand in my pocket, I was reminded of the verse. I could pull it out and review it. The more I reviewed the verse the easier it was to commit it to memory. Sure it takes work. But, when I have been sucked under by the undertow currents of life, these verses have provided a life-jacket to pull me out.
Study the Bible. By now, most of you have either listened to our series live or at least begun to watch each message online. Week number 1 will help you begin to learn a few basic steps of Bible study. Believe me, if you work at it, you will begin to see gold for the first time. Once you do, you will have “gold fever” in biblical proportions!
Meditate on the Bible. This is a whole lot easier if you have read it, studied it and memorized it. You can begin to think deeply about what it means for your life. This step is essential for moving from experiencing to living. Begin to ask, “How does this apply to my life?” Again, week 1 will help you take the next steps.
Pray the Bible. If you want to pray God’s will into your life, pray Scripture. After all, it is God’s divine revelation for life and practice. His will and heart are revealed in each and every word. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the truth in His Word and then pray His truth into your life. Praying the Bible is also a great way to be an intercessor by praying Scripture on behalf of others.
I trust that the last several weeks will ignite a new desire in your heart for God’s Word. As I have stated on Sunday mornings, it has changed my life. If you will commit to move from experiencing the Word to living the Word, it will change yours as well.
By Roy Fruits