Why the Bible?

Good morning and welcome to Monday

As I prepare for my day I first had some time whit God and as I studied and prayed it came to me again that it seems to me there is a growing problem. The problem is the general drifting away of a Christian to read the Bible. We all struggle with this and in fact this is a sign linked in with a “falling away” spoken of in Scripture as one of the signs of Christ’s return. Even new Christians seem to find this a struggle.

Hebrews Ch 11 v 5 – 7 says this starting with reminding us of an ancient individual called Enoch: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith”

So if you are a Christian reading this little Blog may I encourage you. We are responsible for maintaining our fellowship with Him by doing the works that He has appointed for us to do. For instance, there must be continuous exercise of prayer, study into His Word, and seeking to be like Him. We seek Him because we grow to admire—indeed respect—His love and character, appreciate the purpose He has brought into our lives, desire His merciful forgiveness, and realize He is our benefactor in every aspect of life. However, we must do all of these things in faith.

Notice Paul’s counsel in II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Like life, walking is a continuous process. Thus, when Hebrews 11:6 says, “He who comes to Him must believe that He is,” it means far more than just assenting to a vague idea of a “First Cause.” Under the New Covenant, we are dealing with a living personality working within His creation.

To walk by faith is a practical responsibility. It results from believing in His character and His works as revealed in His Word to the extent that we trust Him and submit to His commands in every area of life. His character is a major reason why we must continue to seek Him: so that our knowledge of Him is continually sharpened and refined to inform our imitation of Him in our lives. Otherwise, we will be pursuing a false image designed by our own imaginations. We need to grasp as much of His transcendent holiness, supreme sovereignty, almighty power, and perfect justice, as well as His abundant mercy and wonderful grace as we can. Reading the Bible is the most effective way to do this.

So, although it is tough – and believe me I know – I encourage each reader every day to find time to prayerfully read the Bible with the intent of learning more about our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Just try it for a month and see what happens! Call it my end of year challenge!

Have a good week

Mark

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