Today’s Scripture: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” – Acts 17:11
And we’re back to talking about daily study of the Word of God as one of our primary duties as Christians. Reinforcing the idea that it’s not just enough to receive the word, but we have to continue to fill ourselves up with the Word of God…daily.
Going back today 1 where I gave you the statistics of that survey where 12% of the Christians asked that particular time read their Bibles daily. The other 88% read it a couple of times a week, a couple of times a month, and barely pick it up at all.
Is there any wonder that there is such a move of what I call the “Gospel of Garbage”. There’s also something that I’ve called and written about before in the Doctrine of Spiritual Pride. Then there’s the Prosperity Gospel and Prosperity Pimps that have turned the modern church into a place where Jesus would call a den of thieves.
Why is it that all these winds of doctrine are tossing people to and fro and every which way? Because no one actually searches the scriptures daily anymore. I find it hard to believe that the rest of the Body of Christ has daily Bible Study statistics that would exceed 25%. That means one in every four Christians reads their Bibles on a daily basis. The other three out of ten barely acknowledge it’s existence.
Has anyone caught the Bible calls people who study the scriptures daily more noble than the ones who don’t? What exactly does noble mean? “Noble” is defined as to be someone who is distinguished by rank or title, pertaining to persons so distinguished, and of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state: of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
So, Christians who search the scriptures daily are distinguished, and the reason they’re distinguished isn’t because they’re better than anyone else…but because they are more determined than anyone else to really know and understand what God is saying to them through His Word. They have “rank or title”…in other words they mature faster, and those are the Christians who seem to be on a different level than anyone else.
Have you ever noticed there are certain Christians who seem to just have it all? God’s working in their lives, their marriages, their jobs, their children, their finances, and they just seem to be so blessed…and they’re not even pastors are they? Nope. They are regular folks like you and me working a regular job, but their lives are just blessed. Why? I’m not sure, and I have no real proof to back this up…but I would venture to guess that they are those who search the scriptures daily.
Listen, everything I read in the Bible about those who made the Word of God their “daily meditation”, or search and study daily or diligently…I have never read where that harmed them. In fact, if we look at Paul who was the greatest Christian who knew the law and had two-thirds of the New Testament revealed to him…while he suffered tremendously…he also saw some outstanding signs, wonders, and miracles. Why? Look at all the emphasis he puts on knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of the Word of God.
Paul understood that the power of God’s Word was immeasurable, and he also knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was a faithful rewarder of those who seek Him diligently. He also knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was faithful to fulfill what He said in His Word.
You know what, I think part of the problem is that there are many Christians who read the Word of God, and don’t’ believe God’s Word is for them. The read the stories, and see everyone else’s lives impacted by the Word of God. However, they doubt God will fulfill His Word for them in their lives…again I’ve no proof to back that up…but that’s something I just sensed in my spirit.
I think that those of us who read and search the scriptures daily know that while God may not act on our time table…when it comes to something according to His Word…it’s a done deal. If you need healing and continue to claim that by His stripes we are healed…guess what…we’re healed. If you need to know how to lead someone to Jesus…if you understand the gospel and that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”…that’s the basics…and you can lead people to Jesus just knowing that God was in Jesus reconciling the world to Himself. He became sin. Died on the Cross, rose again on the third day, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He did all of that so that we could have a way to be in right standing with God. Do you believe that? If they say yes…then you let them know that the Bible says that if you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior…you shall be saved. Listen, you don’t need a long drawn out prayer. Once they say. Jesus I receive You as Lord and Savior of my life…that’s it. They are saved.
So, what’s my point? What is so important that we cannot take even 15 minutes out of our day to do a short Bible devotional reading? Is it that hard to turn off the television or get up a little earlier in the morning or go to bed a bit later? And, I’m saying that those 15 minutes or so ought to be done in your alone time with just you and the Lord. I’m telling you some of the best times I’ve had studying the Word of God is when it was just me…and the Lord.
I’ve studied out so many little side journey’s. But the neat thing of it was not only was I being filled with the Word of God, but I was also being saturated in His presence. I would like to challenge you today to turn off the television, get up earlier or go to bed later…but no matter what or how you do it…make time every day for a minimum of 15 minutes to get alone with God…and search the scriptures daily…I promise you…the results will be worth while.
- Why did the people of Berea search the Scriptures?
- Do you think that it’s important for you to be eager to know the Scriptures?
- Why or Why not?
Conclusion and Prayer:
So, tomorrow is the half way point…and the most common theme so far has been the importance of personal Bible devotional time. If you need help in knowing what or where to read I would like to urge you to send me an email at ChristlikeMinistriesArkansas@yahoo.com. I would like to send you my own personal favorite Bible devotional booklet. I’ll need your name and mailing address when you write, and just simply tell me you’d like the Bible devotional booklet. It’s good for three months at time, and when you get it you’ll have the opportunity to write the company for a free subscription so you’ll get your copy every three months free of charge…you don’t even have to pay for postage.
In these last days of perilous times we must be more diligent than ever to search the scriptures daily because the winds of doctrine are only going to be full of less and less of the Word of God. So, like we said yesterday…we’re going to need to KNOW the Word to know that those are false doctrines…remember that it’s impossible to rightly divide scripture if we’re not studying it…right?
So, who is with me? Are you going to accept the daily challenge? It’s up to you how long of a time it is, but I recommend 15 minutes. I guarantee that it will change your life. I know when I take a step towards God…He will always honor it…and bless me for it. He’ll do the same for you too.
Father, we thank You for the awesome privilege of being able to come to You because of Jesus. We continue to give You thanks for Your Word, and ask that You would burn a passion and hunger on the inside of us that is only satisfied by feeding upon the Word of God. However, let it be a hunger that’s never truly satisfied…let it be a passion that burns with intensity…and let us not grow weary or faint. In Jesus’ name we pray and have our being…Amen & Amen.