Rooted in the Word
Have often do you read the Bible. Have often do you study God’s Word? If the only time you open up a Bible is when you know go to church then you need to reevaluate if you are truly a Christian.
To be rooted in Christ, you must be rooted in the Word. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then in John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the Word.
And as Christians we need read the Word daily. We can’t just sustain on food alone. When the Devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness he told him in Mathew 4:4, “For It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
You see, we have to know the Word to overcome and defeat the Devil. That’s why we must study the Word daily because daily the enemy will be coming against us. Their is power in the Word is alive. It is active. It is our weapon. Paul says in Hebrews 4:2, “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.”
The Word is our manual to life as Christians. Joshua 1:8 says, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
We need to be like David. David mediated on God’s word day and night. He delighted in word. He loved the Word. In Psalm 119:97 he says “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” David understood that it is the Word that gives us life. It is the Word that sustains. We can’t live without the Word.
David understood that to truly live by the Word it had to be engraved in is his heart. He couldn’t just read the Word. He couldn’t study the Word. He had to know the Word. In Psalm 119:11 David says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
We need to be like David and hide t he Word in our hearts. We need to mediate on it day and night. We need to delight in it. Because you see, the earth will pass away but God’s Word will remain forever. Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."
Everything we need to know in this life is in the Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
There is understanding in the Word. There is wisdom in the Word. There is revelation in the Word. There is hope in the Word. There is peace in the Word. There is salvation in the Word. There is deliverance in the Word. There is freedom in the Word. There is healing in the Word. There is comfort in the Word. There is joy in the Word. There is help in the Word.
Paul tells us in Romans 15:14, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Today I encourage and challenge you to read the Word every day. Make some time out each day to ready, study, and mediate on God’s Word. Jesus told us we can’t live by just bread alone but by every word that comes out God’s mouth. It’s New Year so let’s start things off right by making a commit to read God’s Word every day.
Today’s Scripture: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105