#1 – The Word is your food.
Just as it is absolutely necessary for you to eat consistent physical meals to grow in physical health, it is of utmost importance for you to eat spiritual meals to grow in spiritual health. Jeremiah, the prophet, speaks of this in chapter 15. He says “Your words were found, and I ate them…” (Jer. 15:16). Perhaps the reason why you aren’t growing spiritually is because you aren’t eating from the delicacies of His word?
#2 – The Word is your armor.
In the book of Ephesians (Eph. 6: 10-20) Paul talks about the Bible being our “armor”. In a very real way, the Bible serves as our protection against the bullets that Satan is shooting our way. Who goes out to battle without any protection? The scripture actually calls this person a fool. A wise man, on the other hand, securely fastens his armor so that he can succeed and experience victory. No matter how daunting the temptation may seem, God’s armor is sufficient and can protect you from the enemy’s schemes. As Paul said, “Put it on”.
#3 – The Word is your avenue for joy.
Going back to Jeremiah’s words in chapter 15 – after he “ate” from the word, it became “a joy and the delight of (his) heart.” Stop looking for lasting pleasure in earthly, temporal things and run to God’s eternal truth. Swim in the waters of His word and watch your joy level increase in ways that you can’t even imagine.
#4 – The Word is your direction.
Ps. 119:105 says that the word of God is a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path”. Navigating a dark place and successfully arriving at your destination requires light. The Bible serves as that light and guides us through the dark tunnels and pitch black alleys that we all encounter. Without it, you can breath, but you can’t truly live and arrive at the destination God has for you.
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