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The Bible

 

The Holy Spirit does miraculous things in your life, but He does not just act arbitrarily.  He responds to the Word of God, the Bible.  There is much said in the Bible about how powerful it is.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

In other words, everything that you need to know about what God wants for your life, what needs correction in your life, and all that you need to know to serve Him, is contained in the Bible.  If there is some problem you can't seem to get over then there is power in the Word of God to set you free.  There is nothing that the Word of God can't do.  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)

 

Faith and Hearing

The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  But faith comes from the Bible itself.  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

 

The way that it reads in the original Greek language of the New Testament it is really more like "faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing the Word."  It is not just hearing it once, but over and over and over again.  Read it regularly.  Faith comes from the Bible itself.

 

Principles of Behavior

To put all of this in simple terms, there are a couple of things that we get from the Bible.  First of all, it tells us how God put us together, that is, how we work.  It is not a bunch of rules that we have to follow so God won't be mad.  Rather it is a description of the principles by which the world around us operates.

 

The Ten Commandments, for example, tell us a lot about how we were put together.  When it says "You shall not steal," (Exodus 20:15), it means that you were not created to steal.  If you do steal, you will not be functioning the way you were created to function.  The biblical principle described in Galatians takes effect and your life starts to suffer from it.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

 

As the result of acting in a way that you were not created to live, you begin to experience the consequences of your actions.  You lose the benefits and blessings of God.  You lose the things God intended for you to have.

 

An easy way to understand it is to look at something that we are very familiar with.  If you get a new car, it comes with a list of commandments. They are things that relate to how the car was built.  For example, "Thou shalt not drive without oil in the engine." If you decide to break this commandment and drive without oil in the engine, it will not result in the manufacturer of the car coming to your house to punish you.  What will happen is that the car will break down because it was not designed to work that way.

 

The same thing happens when you violate a principle of the Bible.  It isn't that God comes to punish you, but you were not made to work that way and you will break down.  If you want to run at full efficiency then you need to do it the way you were created to live. And that is all described in the Word of God.  It tells us how the world works.

 

Knowing God’s Will

The other thing that the Bible does for us is to help us find what God's will is.  People always want to know what God is saying in their lives.  If you know what God said in His Word, then it becomes easy to tell whether or not you are hearing Him correctly.  Nothing that God says to you will ever conflict with the Bible.

 

When you run into any circumstance or problem that is in conflict with God's Word, then you can use the Bible to overcome the circumstance.  You can find out exactly what God has in mind.  Nothing that God says to you will ever conflict with the Bible.

 

For example, if you are sick, you can find in the Bible that God intends for you to be healthy.  Psalm 103:3 says that God "heals all your diseases." Once you know what God says about it you can begin speaking His Word, even though all the circumstances say something different.  When you persist you will find that what God says takes precedence over what the circumstances say and the circumstances will have to change.  It might take some time, but if you persist, then the Word will overcome any obstacle that you face.  What God says takes precedence over what the circumstances say

 

The Bible is the foundation of your whole Christian life.  It is very important that you learn it and live it.   Do not ever depart from it and you will always find strength when you need it, faith when you are in trials and provision when you are in need.  Christians have always been known throughout history as the people of "The Book."  That is because the Book is alive and powerful.  To succeed in your new Christian life, it is imperative that you become a person of the Book, too.

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