Today, let’s consider some Bible quotes about God’s Word. One of the footnotes in my Bible reminded me of the importance of Bible reading. I could spout the typical Christian reasons–friendship with God, learning more about God, it’s what any good Christian does, etc, but the note in my Bible was, “Jesus’ victory sets an example for Christian obedience. Earthly life is a wilderness trial for God’s people in route to the land of heaven…Triumph is possible through penance and obedience to God’s Word.”
I could continue this discussion on Bible Quotes about God’s Word and its importance by reminding you, what we spend our time with and on becomes a part of who we are. For example, if we listen to the radio long enough, the songs we listen to begin to become a part of us–we begin to recognize the beat and have the lyrics memorized. I could go even further by combining those two ideas–knowledge of God and becoming who or what we spend time with.
Do you recall Matthew’s account of the temptation of Jesus in the desert after His baptism? (Matthew 4:1-17) Remember the quote above from my Bible? Obedience to God’s Word makes triumph possible! To be obedient to God’s Word, we must know God’s Word, right.
Bible Quotes About God’s Word
If triumph over sin, vice, and death is possible through penance and obedience to God’s Word, then yes, I need to know some of God’s Word. Not only do I need to be familiar with Who God is, I must know He operates–His character, and what His expectations are. I also need to know what God has said–the enemy certainly does! The enemy quoted scripture to tempt Jesus. Let’s stop and glean a lesson from that…
Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” If the enemy comes at me with words that are sharper than any double-edged sword, a simple, “Go away!” May not be an effective means to fight off his attack.
So back to knowing the Word of God. Let’s take the example of Christ and when tempted by the lies of the evil one, let’s respond with the truth of God found in His Word. And by respond, I don’t mean just with our mouth, let’s respond with our whole life.
How strong would we be if we spoke the Word of God and lived that very same Word? We cannot say “No–No–No” as we walk toward “Yes–Yes–Yes.” Another lesson here, do not be intimidated or impressed by someone just because they can spout off some Bible verses.
Honestly, can we address the penance part of this? I know the author of that footnote had something very different in mind than how I took it. I don’t want to speak for anyone other myself, but reading the Word of God, well, it sometimes feels like a penance. There are some days I would rather (insert anything else here).
On those days when I don’t feeeeel like reading my Bible, if I remember, I ask God for the desire to spend time in His Word. I could certainly go to Him, head bowed and full of excuses and apologies. But I would rather ask Him for what I want instead of apologize for what I don’t have. Can you imagine how sweet that prayer is to Him?
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