Using your Bible Effectually (4th)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105

This was one of the first Pillars I knew must be one of the nine Pillars – for a faithful Christian to achieve and maintain Assurance.  Using your Bible Effectually (4th Pillar) is a action-oriented Pillar that can’t be ignored by a Christian seeking assurance, abundance, and divine protection.

John14The name of the blog you’re reading now was, in part, inspired by the number of books (66) in the Holy Bible; the header image is of a Bible . . . and a Compass pointing to a verse I love – John 14:6.

One of the scriptures underlying this Pillar (Psalm 119:105)  was cited at the top of this post; the others can be found below.   The thoughts of a man known as ‘The Bible Answer Man’, Hank Hanesgraaff, are featured in this post on the 4th Pillar of Christian Assurance.

Themes (4th Pillar Scripture):

  • A Path Light
  • The Purpose of Scripture
  • His Word’s of Hope
  • God’s Will in Prophet’s Words

66 ‘Love Letters’ from God

As Hank Hanegraaff notes in “M-E-A-L-S”, a great resource in making this Pillar a reality:

The Bible not only forms the foundation of an effective prayer life, but it is foundational to every other aspect of Christian living.   While prayer is our primary way of communicating with God, the Bible is God’s primary way of communicating with us.   Nothing should take precedence over getting into the Word and getting the Word into us . . . If we do not regularly feed on the Word of God, we will suffer spiritual consequences.”

  • On the topic of Listen (the L in MEALS), the Bible Answer Man aptly states:

In order for us to apply God’s directions to our every-day lives, we must first listen carefully as God speaks to us personally through His Word . . . One of the most amazing aspects of Scripture is that it is alive and active, not dead and dull. Indeed, God still speaks today through the mystery of His Word.”

  • Evil spirits and false prophets are ungodly.   Through a Christian’s discernment, and ‘spirit testing’, all evil spirits need to be seen for what they are and ignored!    Hanesgraaff rightly states:

God’s Spirit, on the other hand, illumines our minds so that we may understand what He has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12).   Before I became a Christian [Hanesgraaff states], reading the Bible was like reading someone else’s mail.    Now, however, the Scriptures have become 66 love letters from God, addressed specifically to me.   As Jesus so wonderfully stated, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).[Emphasis added]

Scripture

  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
  • Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21)

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  • Miss the earlier posts in this Christian Assurance Series?   Check out the 9 Pillar page

Without your Bible, you’re walking in the dark – and will not get very far!   The words, stories, spiritual insights, and wisdom in the 66 books of the Bible are unparalleled!   Hanegraaff’s ’66 love letters from God’ statement beautifully expresses a Christian Living truth: Reading and studying the Bible is a uniquely transforming act for kingdom-seeking Christians.

  • The next post in this Series will explore Christian Courage (8th Pillar).

Worship God in spirit and in truth!

Greg Silverthorne

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