All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
What is informing your life decisions?
Scripture is God-breathed and as Christians, the Bible is a manual to navigate this life on earth. Many of us do not use the scriptures as our basis for navigating and understanding different aspects of life down here on earth, we slip up and let culture do the job and sometimes this leads us into a pattern of thinking and behaving like the world. What do I mean by culture? Well, this could be anything from the media to science articles, philosophy, influence from friends etc, and these can all be an influential force that competes with the knowledge of God. Yet we are called to be spirit-led and empowered in our decision-making in the church, at home, at work, and within our communities.
In taking time in our day to meditate on scripture, we allow our minds and hearts to be renewed (Romans 12:2) and we open ourselves up to the will of God. Scripture reminds us of who we are and whose we are, aligning our will with God’s and ensuring we continue to be the fragrance of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15).
What does the Bible say about Scripture?
Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,”
- Scripture provides us with guidance, when a situation seems unclear or ambiguous…Scripture gives us clarity and clear vision when in darkness.
Joshua 1:8 says “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.”
Matthew 4:4 says, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
- Scripture is our daily bread, our staple to survive each day. Without a life fuelled by the Word of God we perish and fall victim to our fleshly desires. Scripture is not an optional supplement or top up, it is an essential ingredient to sustain our lives.
Proverbs 7:2-3 says “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
- This scripture just highlights the level of importance scripture should have in our lives. It should be our primary source of wisdom and what we prioritize above all else. Not only this but scripture should be accessible to us at anytime and anyplace, we should be so intimately acquainted with the word of God, that it is embedded in our hearts and rolls of our tongue. This is useful to encourage yourself and others but also to speak against any spiritual attack. God’s Word is our truth, and the truth sets us free.
How can we incorporate scripture into our lives?
So above are a few scriptures that highlight the importance of scripture in the bible, not an exhaustive list at all! Now as Christians how can we become more in tune with scripture and incorporate it into our lives?
- Write some scriptures down and stick it on your wall or a post-it note.
- If you’re feeling creative, incorporate it in songs or spoken word pieces.
- When journaling, write down the scripture you’re standing on in a particular season.
- Power of repetition, ask God to lead you to a scripture and repeat it everyday.
- When reading bible devotionals that have bible passage references, go to that reference in the bible and read the whole chapter or book.
So, I want to challenge you to inspect your own lives and assess whether scripture informs your life choices or not. It’s okay if it doesn’t, we have all gone through seasons where we have been out of sync with the Word of God. However, when you notice there has been distance, reconnect using whatever method suits you. God is near and He speaks to us to through His Word. I pray as you read the scripture that you would be refreshed and given divine wisdom to face each new day, lacking nothing and standing firm on the foundation of His Word.