“All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately – behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Amp
Earlier this week we talked about the need to be a part of the community of believers and support for your local church. The local church is also a great place to get a taste of the Word of God through a good sermon or a small group. These can be good ways to prepare your heart for a deeper relationship with God, but they are just a start. A fertilizer or soil conditioner if you will.
At TJC’s recent battlefield training we talked about the parable of the soils (Mark 4:1-20). Jesus taught the parable for us to consider the condition of our own hearts to receive God’s word (the seed). Some soil is hard and seed can’t even break the surface; other soil is shallow dirt over rock so the seed can’t take root and dies, another is full of weeds and while the seed grows the weeds take the good nutrients from the soil so the young plant never produces fruit. Finally there is good soil, soil that is rich and ready to reproduce up to 100 times or more of good fruit. As Kingdom Men we are meant to bear fruit in our lives, both in our personal experience with God and in how we influence other men.
The key to bearing much good fruit is to continually prepare the soil of our hearts to receive God’s word – the seed. “You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” 1 Peter 1:23 RSV
The Word, the scripture, the Bible – whatever term works best for you – is not just an old book you only hear about when you go to church. It is the living word of God — it is practical, useful and necessary in the life of a Kingdom man. It has everything we need to keep our own lives on track and to support our families and our brothers in Christ (“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).
The Bible comes with many promises. Here are some of my favorites:
- “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 RSV
- Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 NIV
- “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT
We are all called to a relationship with the living God, and part of that relationship is to KNOW His Word, not just know about it. Getting to know God through His word requires an investment of time and effort that goes deeper than one or two days a week while at church. You must develop some “basic skills” to meet God personally in His word on a daily basis. These basic skills have changed my life. I grew up in the church and thought I knew a lot about God, but learned in the last few years that I had missed something very important. Along with a small group of men I developed practical ways to pursue the Word of God and have seen big changes in my life.
Daily Battle Order: Today take time to spend 15-30 minutes in the Bible. Evaluate the experience. Getting started may seem awkward and unnatural so don’t be surprised or embarrassed if it feels like you don’t know what you are doing. If you need help, reach out to TJC. Monday we mentioned a resource called Every Man a Warrior that has helped many of us at TJC become deeper men of the Word. We want the same thing for you!