The word of God, the Bible, is very important in a Christians' walk and for the strength we all need to go through each day. In Hebrews 4:12 it says "For the word of God is living 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." It is from the word we get the guidelines on how to live a fulfilled life, one that pleases God and how to be holy as he is holy.
Presently in the United States of America we are allowed to have Bibles out in the open and not arrested for reading them. In many nations they are prohibited. It is crazy to think for a country that was founded on the Bible and Christian principles how little by little, especially since 1963 when prayer was taken from the public schools,that the 'word' has been under attack. It is so mighty and powerful it is a threat to those who are out for no good. It has to be defended and protected. Often times judges have ruled in favor of something else over God's word. There is power in the word of God and evil forces try to come in and get rid of it in any way they can. I never thought I would see my own government making laws against the word of God, when all of our monuments clearly say "In God We Trust." We wonder how long we can survive as a "Christian" nation when the word of God is not held in reverence by those that lead us. God will leave us to our own ways and our own destruction if we choose to not do what the Bible says. (See Romans 1:18-32). Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? After all, it does say in Psalm 33:12 that 'blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
How many of us could really care less about picking up the Bible, and if we did, have no clue where to begin reading? To many it is scary or boring. I have heard of some church denominations that do not even emphasize their members to read it and suggest that they will let you know what you need to know.The Bible is for everyone. It is easy to understand and has so many promises and hope for the future in it. No wonder forces are out to snuff it out. It is through it we gain eternal life and a future and a hope.
Do not assume your ability to get a Bible will always be there. Gradually if evil is allowed in our land, that is anti-Christian, this influence will try to get away from the Christian roots and will do all in their power to get rid of the word of God, which has power. That is why a Christian should memorize and store God's word in their heart. Psalm 119:11 says "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee." In Amos 8:11-12 it reads as follows,"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it". Pretty scary stuff to think that one day we may not be able to find a Bible anywhere!!
Psalm 119:105 says "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto thy path." Psalm 119:104 says "From Your precepts I get understanding, Therefore I hate every false way." The 'word' is the standard we should live our life by. Some 'liberal' churches choose to pick and choose what they will follow in the Bible saying homosexual marriage is just fine and it is okay to murder pre-born babies in the name of 'choice'. Wow I am not sure I have ever heard God approving of killing his creation! I have not seen that in my Bible. We now call sin an 'alternate lifestyle'. How far we have strayed and decided on our own which of Gods' laws we would follow.
In the Bible we develop the ability to know right from wrong. If children are not taught this they will have no way to know what is truth. Chaos in society will result and is resulting now in the present day. From the earliest days the settlers books which they used to educate their children were based on God's word, the Bible. Hebrews 13:8 says "the word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever." It is not old fashioned and it does not change. There is right and there is wrong and it is in the Bible if only we would read it and learn from it.
Jeremiah 23:29 says "Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces." That is a great word picture. It breaks even the strongest rocks to pieces. It is like spiritual dynamite. So study it and live by it to have a life worth living and to know the keys to entering the kingdom of heaven. 2 Timothy 2:15 says "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
PRAYER: We thank you for being free to own and read a Bible.Forgive me for taking the Bible for granted. Satan will come and distract me from reading your word Lord so give me strength to resist the temptation to stop. Guide me and show me what you would have me learn from your word. Open doors of fellowship so that I might find others to study your word with. In Jesus Name, Amen!
(Sidebar: There may be some out there who do not own a Bible. I know the Gideons give out Bibles to hotels and the military and may be able to get one to you too. Go to http://www.gideons.org/ for more information. God Bless You as you seek to know Him better through reading the word of God.)