Thank you so much for joining me on this journey.
Our world is full of noise! We are bombarded on a daily basis with the news from all over the globe, social media posts, advertisements, the latest trends, and the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder a majority of us suffer from some level of anxiety. Many of us want to “check out” of our lives from time to time, and our adversary, Satan, would love nothing more than for us to check out from our walks permanently.
How can we as believers in Jesus (if you are not sure what that means please reference my “Start Here” post) sift through the constant bombardment to find our true direction and the meaning of our lives?
I don’t believe the Lord wanted our Christian lives to be complicated or confusing. He said in Matthew 18:3, “and said, ‘assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (NKJV). Jesus designed salvation to be understandable even to a child. It is important that we don’t deviate too far from this to continue to learn and grow in our faith.
So getting back to the initial question of “what is essential in the life of a believer,” we go to the Word of God. This is our guide and standard to live out our life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
1 Peter 2:2, “as newborn babes, desire pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby” (NKJV). For someone to grow, they need to be fed and fed continually. When a child first enters the world, their need for nutrients and care is essential to their survival. Without the care from a loving mature individual, they would fail to thrive. We as mothers have the incredible gift of having the ability to carry a child in our womb and be there from the moment they take their first breath. This precious little one, from the start, has an incredible hunger that demands their needs to be met.
We need to view our “spiritual birth” the same way. In order for us to grow and to be healthy, we need to take in our spiritual food. This food is the Word of God. Matthew 4:4, “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”‘” (NKJV). Even further than that, the Word of God is Jesus Himself: John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NKJV). The Word of God is our daily food and in it we find truth.
Why we need the Word of God in our lives:
- The Word of God is Jesus Himself ( John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and John 6:48, “I am the Bread of Life”.)
- It washes us clean from sin (Ephesians 5:26, “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word “)
- God’s Word is Truth (Psalm 119:160, “The entirety of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgements endures forever”; 1 Timothy 2:3-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth.” )
- For sanctification (1 Timothy 4:5 “…for it [every creature of God] is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer”)
- It gives us life and an eternal destination in Heaven (John 6:51, “I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”)
- It’s alive and is needed to cleanse things from our lives that are not of God!! (Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the divisions of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”)
Based on these passages of Scripture (this is not an exhausted list), we can come to conclusion that it is impossible to maintain and grow in our relationship with Jesus apart from the Word. Stay tuned for the next part of our essentials in the life of the believer. Thank you so much for joining me, my dear sister in Christ. My prayer is that you grow in your faith, and if you do not have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that you will join in this spiritual family, this amazing gift of salvation.
“How to start a personal Bible time” blog post will be on its way soon!
***I encourage you as a child of God to search the Scriptures for yourselves. In Acts 17:10-11, we read of the Bereans who received the Word from Paul, the apostle, with readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to see if what was being taught to them was true. Please make sure that you pray for wisdom and discernment so that you will not be deceived by the opinions of man or of the enemy. God bless you on your own journey in this incredible gift of salvation from Jesus Christ our Lord.***
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8