We’ve been talking now for some seven weeks about the importance of God’s Word in our lives as Christians. Today I want to conclude by refreshing our memories and challenging ourselves to put into practice what we have learned. Let’s recap:
1. Hearing God’s Word – Romans 10:17 says, “faith comes by hearing…the word of God.” (NIV) In other words the more you hear the Word of God the stronger your faith becomes. That faith is the key to seeing your prayers answered, living and operating in the miraculous and supernatural realm. It’s all because of HEARING the Word of God being read aloud, being preached, being taught, and being declared. All because you can Hear the Word of God in your head, and in your heart, twenty-four-seven!
2. Reading God’s Word – According to the ‘Dictionary of Bible Themes’ there are 5,467 promises in the bible. Wow! And yet, they are absolutely of no use at all unless you make a claim on them. Like an insurance policy, you must read the bible in order to know what, why, when and how to make a claim on any of God’s promises. Oh, the heartaches and pains we could have avoided had we read and claimed the promises in the Word! But how can you claim them unless you have read them? (Deuteronomy 17:19; Job 22:28)
3. Studying God’s Word – Jesus says that when you know the truth, that very truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Studying God’s Word makes you aware of the devil’s lies and the world’s humanistic views that often lead to bondage. God’s wisdom cuts through all the false information that masquerades as truth. May you become a student of God’s Word. (Acts 17:11)
4. Memorizing God’s Word – The Psalmist said to God, “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Ps. 119:11, NIV) The more bible verses you memorize the more answers and solutions the Holy Spirit can bring to mind just at the right time. You will be amazed at the power of memorized scriptures! Jesus overcame the devil with the memorized Word and so can you. (Luke 4)
5. Meditating in God’s Word – The word ‘meditation’ simply means ‘FOCUS THINKING.’ When you worry, that’s ‘negative’ mediation. Positive meditation is when you focus on God’s Word and His promises. The more you focus on something, the bigger that something becomes. May that something be the Word of God deep within your heart. (See. Psalm 1:2-3)
6. Application – Have you ever wondered which is the best bible translation to have? The best bible translation you can ever have is the one that has been translated into your life. Imagine being known as the New Living Bible Translation! You become such a person by applying all the five habits above. A habit of being a doer of God’s Word, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22, NIV)