The Priceless Word of God

Abed_nego2

Well-Known Member
Psalm 119:27-29, 33-34, "Make me understand the way of Your precepts, that I may meditate on Your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. Teach me, LORD the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart”
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What has had the most influence in your life? I would venture to say the majority of people in today’s society would be influenced by movie stars, professional athletes, television hosts and books written by various authors to name only a few. Have you even considered that we have at our very disposal the written Word of Life given to us by its author and our creator God?

(1) Loren D. Esthleman said this about the Bible, “Lay chosen faith aside and read this beautifully written book.”
(2) Madeleine L’ Engle Franklin added, “It is the foundation stone of the English language.”
(3) John Jakes urged people to read the Bible “for the magic, and the possibilities, of its English.”

Although these writers had some high praise for God’s Word, their endorsement isn’t the reason we should read His Book. The Bible merits our attention because it is God’s breathed and inspired Word of Truth and He has preserved it for us. My beloved, the God who created you and me, has given us His Book, and we need to make it our Book. By reading it, pouring over it, meditating on it, and putting into practice what it says, then we begin to know God Himself, and in the process, we fulfill for ourselves the psalmist’s quest, “I have sought Your precepts … I have seen the consummation of all perfection.”

It is the only Book that speaks of earthly things and human experiences (good and bad). It also describes with clarity and authority areas of heaven and earth, things seen and unseen; revealing facts about God, angels, men, time and eternity, life and death; of sin; of heaven and hell. More importantly we find within its pages everything we need to know to receive salvation and have a personal relationship with God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul declared in 2 Timothy 3:16 it "is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". It has been stated that people devote more time to learning about the Bible than in discovering its message. After 30 years as a pastor, a New Jersey minister concluded, "The Bible is the best-selling, least-read, and least-understood book." In his view, "Biblical illiteracy is rampant." George Gallup, the foremost religion pollster in the United States agrees. "We revere the Bible," he says, "but we don't read it." We should be more like the psalmist who asked God to help him understand the way of His precepts and to increase his knowledge of God and His will.

As a believer in Jesus Christ that should be your foremost desire. We should prayerfully study the Scriptures to discover what God is saying to us through His Word about Himself and especially His plan for our lives. 1 Samuel 3:10 puts it this way, "Speak, for Your servant hears." We need to be like Samuel, willing to pause in the midst of life's turmoil to hear the still voice of the Lord, and we will have this opportunity if we prayerfully read and study the Bible regularly. You see, God's Spirit communicates to us through the precious and eternal Word of God.
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Further Reflection:

The believe the greatest cause for our neglect of the Bible is not lack of time but lack of heart. Someone else's word is taking the place of the Word of God. There are many good books and magazines to read; however, we must not neglect the mysteries of God's mercy, His grace and His love that are woven throughout the His Eternal Word that will change a person’s heart and life forever. I can attest to fact, the Bible, God's written Word, changes lives. It changed my life when I accepted His Son Jesus Christ as my Savior; and you know what; if you want such a change in your life, receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. It’s only a prayer away! Then ask God to give you a desire and hunger for His Word and a hunger to taste His grace and goodness each and every day.

My beloved, it’s the only Book that will bless you while you're still in this world, and will show you that through faith in Jesus Christ you can be sure of eternal blessedness in God’s eternal kingdom. Thomas A. Kempis (1379-1471) summed it up well when he wrote, "Blessed indeed are those ears which listen not for the voice sounding without, but for the truth teaching inwardly. Blessed are the eyes that are shut to outward things but intent on things inward. Blessed are they who are glad to have time to spare for God, and who shake off all worldly hindrances. Consider these things, O my soul, and hear when the Lord your God speaks."
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Closing thoughts:

For those who aren’t saved, what are your reasons for living? The way you live reveals your real reason for living. Actions really do speak louder than words. Take a look at your life and evaluate where your energies are being spent. Are you living to have fun? Get smart? Work hard? Love people? Please God? Do your responses to the following questions support your answers above? How do you spend your time? Do you know God’s Word? Are you living in obedience to God? If not, why not? To what are you looking for satisfaction? What are you doing that has eternal benefits? If these questions make you uncomfortable, maybe you need to recognize the waste of living for anything less than God’s intended purpose.

If you’ve never taken the first crucial step of trusting Jesus Christ to rescue you from God’s judgment against sin, accept His offer of forgiveness right now. He will forgive, and He will give you a new heart and a new purpose and reason for living (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Ask Him to help you make the most of the new life He’s given you. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

For those who have been saved by the precious blood of Christ, how long has it been since you've asked the Lord to make your heart receptive to His Word? He longs to hear you say, “Speak Lord, I’m listening.”
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God’s love is both tough and tender.
 

JamesSuth

Well-Known Member
The Bible is the Word of God, and now we have easy access in print, online, audio and in most languages. We truly live in a blessed age when it comes to the ease of access to God's Word. I remember as a child visiting a historic house where the family Bible was on view. We were told it was a prized possession and taken out and read frequently to the family. I contrast that with today when we can so easily pick up a Bible. And yet the people of a few hundred years ago with a family Bible must have been thankful, thinking how easy it was for them to afford one, how it was in their own language, and contrasting that with centuries before when memorising Scripture was essential for most without access to the Book itself.

Thank you, Lord :pray and may we make full use of this blessing.
 

mattfivefour

Administrator
Staff member
Psalm 119:27-29, 33-34, "Make me understand the way of Your precepts, that I may meditate on Your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. Teach me, LORD the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart”​
__________

What has had the most influence in your life? I would venture to say the majority of people in today’s society would be influenced by movie stars, professional athletes, television hosts and books written by various authors to name only a few. Have you even considered that we have at our very disposal the written Word of Life given to us by its author and our creator God?

(1) Loren D. Esthleman said this about the Bible, “Lay chosen faith aside and read this beautifully written book.”
(2) Madeleine L’ Engle Franklin added, “It is the foundation stone of the English language.”
(3) John Jakes urged people to read the Bible “for the magic, and the possibilities, of its English.”

Although these writers had some high praise for God’s Word, their endorsement isn’t the reason we should read His Book. The Bible merits our attention because it is God’s breathed and inspired Word of Truth and He has preserved it for us. My beloved, the God who created you and me, has given us His Book, and we need to make it our Book. By reading it, pouring over it, meditating on it, and putting into practice what it says, then we begin to know God Himself, and in the process, we fulfill for ourselves the psalmist’s quest, “I have sought Your precepts … I have seen the consummation of all perfection.”

It is the only Book that speaks of earthly things and human experiences (good and bad). It also describes with clarity and authority areas of heaven and earth, things seen and unseen; revealing facts about God, angels, men, time and eternity, life and death; of sin; of heaven and hell. More importantly we find within its pages everything we need to know to receive salvation and have a personal relationship with God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul declared in 2 Timothy 3:16 it "is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". It has been stated that people devote more time to learning about the Bible than in discovering its message. After 30 years as a pastor, a New Jersey minister concluded, "The Bible is the best-selling, least-read, and least-understood book." In his view, "Biblical illiteracy is rampant." George Gallup, the foremost religion pollster in the United States agrees. "We revere the Bible," he says, "but we don't read it." We should be more like the psalmist who asked God to help him understand the way of His precepts and to increase his knowledge of God and His will.

As a believer in Jesus Christ that should be your foremost desire. We should prayerfully study the Scriptures to discover what God is saying to us through His Word about Himself and especially His plan for our lives. 1 Samuel 3:10 puts it this way, "Speak, for Your servant hears." We need to be like Samuel, willing to pause in the midst of life's turmoil to hear the still voice of the Lord, and we will have this opportunity if we prayerfully read and study the Bible regularly. You see, God's Spirit communicates to us through the precious and eternal Word of God.
__________

Further Reflection:

The believe the greatest cause for our neglect of the Bible is not lack of time but lack of heart. Someone else's word is taking the place of the Word of God. There are many good books and magazines to read; however, we must not neglect the mysteries of God's mercy, His grace and His love that are woven throughout the His Eternal Word that will change a person’s heart and life forever. I can attest to fact, the Bible, God's written Word, changes lives. It changed my life when I accepted His Son Jesus Christ as my Savior; and you know what; if you want such a change in your life, receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. It’s only a prayer away! Then ask God to give you a desire and hunger for His Word and a hunger to taste His grace and goodness each and every day.

My beloved, it’s the only Book that will bless you while you're still in this world, and will show you that through faith in Jesus Christ you can be sure of eternal blessedness in God’s eternal kingdom. Thomas A. Kempis (1379-1471) summed it up well when he wrote, "Blessed indeed are those ears which listen not for the voice sounding without, but for the truth teaching inwardly. Blessed are the eyes that are shut to outward things but intent on things inward. Blessed are they who are glad to have time to spare for God, and who shake off all worldly hindrances. Consider these things, O my soul, and hear when the Lord your God speaks."
__________

Closing thoughts:

For those who aren’t saved, what are your reasons for living? The way you live reveals your real reason for living. Actions really do speak louder than words. Take a look at your life and evaluate where your energies are being spent. Are you living to have fun? Get smart? Work hard? Love people? Please God? Do your responses to the following questions support your answers above? How do you spend your time? Do you know God’s Word? Are you living in obedience to God? If not, why not? To what are you looking for satisfaction? What are you doing that has eternal benefits? If these questions make you uncomfortable, maybe you need to recognize the waste of living for anything less than God’s intended purpose.

If you’ve never taken the first crucial step of trusting Jesus Christ to rescue you from God’s judgment against sin, accept His offer of forgiveness right now. He will forgive, and He will give you a new heart and a new purpose and reason for living (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Ask Him to help you make the most of the new life He’s given you. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

For those who have been saved by the precious blood of Christ, how long has it been since you've asked the Lord to make your heart receptive to His Word? He longs to hear you say, “Speak Lord, I’m listening.”
__________

God’s love is both tough and tender.
Thank you for this exhortation to actually read and meditate on the book most homes have somewhere, but rarely --if ever-- read. As I read your post, I was reminded of the words at the beginning of every Gideon Bible:

"The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.​

"Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents."​
 

Everlasting Life

Through Faith in Jesus
Great post!

I can attest that God's word is truly a priceless treasure, a book supremely above any other and more valuable than gold! It is an incredible thing to me how God's Word can comfort and guide in the most assuring of the heart manner. God's Word is truly a dependable navigation tool in a world of constant storms, upheaval, and threats that abound. It's a safe haven, a most steady anchor and solid map to one's life.

To not be in the Word is to miss out on necessity of life, comfort, peace and spiritual nourishment of the soul beyond any other source. It's the coupon, deal, sale of a lifetime. :nod Don't miss out on this! Even one verse a day will benefit immeasurably. :)
 

Abed_nego2

Well-Known Member
Thank you for this exhortation to actually read and meditate on the book most homes have somewhere, but rarely --if ever-- read. As I read your post, I was reminded of the words at the beginning of every Gideon Bible:

"The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.​

"Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents."​
Your most welcome mattfivefour. Those are very powerful and precious words that we should all take to heart.
 
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