“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8
Truth is pretty hard to find these days. Our news is often biased, fake headlines abound, and articles on social media only want to sell us something or convince us of an agenda. It’s easy to be deceived if you take what you see at face value and don’t go to the source.
In times like these, it is important for Christians to be firmly rooted in the truth, the Word of God. Without a strong foundation in the Word, you will easily be led astray by the prevailing voices of culture. It is happening to Christians every day.
According to a recent study, “The State of Theology,” 46% of self-identified evangelicals agreed that God accepts the worship of all religions. That’s almost half. If that isn’t sobering enough, 30% believe that the Bible was written to interpret as they choose.
Why are these statistics so scary? If you don’t understand scripture, the life you live will not be in line with the principles God lays out for you. You need a personal, intimate relationship with the God-breathed scriptures in order to know the truth and experience the power of the word.
1. The Word of God Deepens Faith
Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” In a society that is constantly questioning the truth and creating their own version of truth, you need to be steadfast and sure of what God says. By making Bible study a discipline and a priority, you will be able to walk out your faith in full confidence.
2. The Word of God Changes Your Heart
Have you ever tried to change a behavior and had no success? A lot of times we try to create new habits or break unhealthy ones, but in our own power any success we have will be limited and short-term. It is the power of God that brings true, lasting change in our lives, and that starts by diving deep into His word.
Getting the word in your heart will transform you. As Matthew 12:34 says, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Your actions, your perspective, your words, will be driven by the word of God within you. You may not even notice the difference, but as you start to study the Bible, your heart will change.
3. The Word of God Brings Life
Life is busy and overwhelming, but not just outwardly. So often we run so hard and so fast that we neglect our souls. We become soul-weary, numb to our emotions and spiritually dry. That is not how God calls us to live. But how do we find soul-rest in a world that is not slowing down?
Psalm 19:7 tells us the secret is through the law of the Lord, which refreshes the soul. Joy and satisfaction will not come from running after the things we think we want or that will make our lives better and easier. It is the word that gives us an abundant life.
Remember Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well? He promises her that “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13). Do you need that living water in your life?
4. The Word of God Brings Wisdom
Let’s go back to Psalm 19 again. Verse 7 continues on and reveals that “The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” We make decisions on a daily basis, some minor, some significant, some knowingly, some automatic. Regardless of what you are deciding, your choices could have long-standing consequences and implications.
Have you ever heard of decision fatigue? It’s a psychological term that refers to mental energy required to make choices. The more mentally exhausted you become, the more irrational your decisions are.
How do we fight against decision fatigue in such a complex world? Make some things automatic, such as eating the same thing for breakfast every day. Spiritually, if you have the word rooted deep in your heart, you will naturally make decisions based on the principles God lays out for us.
5. The Word of God Brings Growth
The Bible equips you for wherever your life may lead you. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read that “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.” If you want to thrive, to flourish, to multiply and see exponential growth in your life, you need to meditate on the word day and night (Joshua 1:8). Get it in your head, your heart, and your spirit. Make it a daily discipline to read, study, memorize, and declare the word of God over your life and the lives of those around you.
Do you want to go even deeper into scripture, learning the foundations of what we believe and techniques for studying the word from teachers who have been equipping others for decades? Our very own Portland Bible College gives you this opportunity through their online program, where you can study Basic Doctrine, Intro to Bible Study, Life of Christ, Romans, and more. Visit PBC Online to view the course catalog, get more details, and contact a staff member.
Our goal is to see you live as Christ intended - learning, growing, thriving, and reproducing your faith in others!