In Your Bible Read
Psalm 119, 9-11 and verse 105; Hebrews 4.12; Mark 4, 21-29.
Here Is Your Memory Verse
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 Tim. 3:16,17.
Afterwards Talk About This
Do you believe that God's word is the ultimate authority for life?
Something To Do Before Next Time
Do your best to set apart a special time in each day when you can be quiet and meditate. Put the Bible reading plan into action. Make seven bookmarks to place in your Bible where you stop reading so that you can find your place easily at the same time the next week.
Written Diploma Work
From 2 Kings 22, 8-13; ch. 23, 1-32 write down all the reforms King Josiah made after he had heard the word of God.
Meditate On This Passage
Matthew 7, 24-27.
Spend a Minute to Change the World
Pray For Germany – 80,000,000 people, 75% Christian. Poor East and rich West now united, traditional churches losing people. Renewal urgently needed.
Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.
The Bible Is God's Word
For every believer the word of God is unique and precious. In fact many people have given their lives over the centuries to preserve the truth of God's word for us to read. So in view of the priceless value of God's word can I ask you from Mark 4.21 where is the Bible in your life?
Is it hidden away? Or is it on a stand high up, illuminating every corner of your life?
The Blessings In God's Word
His word is living and active, it speaks to you and works in you. Heb. 4,12-13
His word is a mirror that lets you see yourself as you read. His word will never let you deceive yourself, or hide the truth. James 1.22-24; Mark 4.22
His word will thoroughly equip you to be and to do everything God asks of you.
2 Timothy 3,15-17.
"From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to give you the wisdom you need for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work."
It is often said that the Bible is the Son of God in print, because Jesus is called both the Word and the Truth. John 1.1.
Do You Want Success And Prosperity?
Then do what Joshua was told to do. Joshua 1.8. And if you want to prosper in everything then hear Psalm 1.1-3.
When You Read Do You Hear?
Have you noticed that when you read God's word you often hear deep within, not with your ears. That's God's voice. We should consider carefully what we hear because with the measure we use it will be measured unto us. Mark 4.24.
How Do You Use God's Word?
You use the word to renew your heart, Romans 10.17.
You use the word to renew your mind, Romans 12.2.
You use his word to renew your words, Romans 10.10; Proverbs 18.2.
Use the word to renew your actions, John 14.15.
Use the word to enforce your victory. Satan had no answer when Jesus said, It is written! Matthew 4,1-11, especially verses 4, 7 and 10.
Use The Word To Renew Your Prayers
The first believers often quoted the scriptures to guide their prayers, and God quickly answered. Acts 4.23-31. If you pray using the word of God, then this is what starts to happen ~
- First, you sow the seed of the word.
- Then with perseverance in praying the word, and patience, comes the stalk.
- As you maintain your faith in God and in his word, then comes the ear.
- Then full grain, and finally the harvest.
Mark 4.14; 4.26-29, Is. 55, 10-11, Gen. 8.22.
It Important To Pass On The Word
Because whoever has God's word can be saved and be given even more ~ healing, freedom, guidance, blessing and prosperity by believing it. But the man who does not have God's word to believe and act upon has none of those blessings and will lose even what he has, that is his life and soul for all eternity. Mark 4.25.
How Then Do You Hear The Word?
God has made it very simple to hear his voice. Just get alone with him and open your Bible. Admit your weakness and pray to learn with the Holy Spirit's help. Take time to reflect upon what you read and hear because through meditation you will be surprised how God speaks to you and answers your questions.
As a new believer I knew none of these things. I went to a prayer meeting and quietly prayed about my work, my wife, and my children because of all the problems we were having. After a while I felt an urge to pick up my Bible and it fell open by itself at Psalm 128. As I began to read God first astonished and then comforted me through his word by saying to my heart ~
"Blessed are all who fear the Lord who walk in his ways.
You will eat the fruit of your work, blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine and your sons olive shoots at your table."
I believed God's word and today, years later I can see how God has kept his promise and blessed both my family and my work.
How To Enjoy Reading The Bible
Lots of people start at Genesis and then stop because they find some early parts of the Old Testament hard to understand. We all like to eat different things from day to day and it is just the same with our spiritual food. Try following this plan and you will get a different meal every day. Each day read some Psalms for worship and some Proverbs for wisdom as well.
Epic stories from Bible history. Start at Genesis and read on to Esther.
Jesus by people who knew him best. Start at Matthew and read to Luke.
Walk in the peaks and valleys of poetry. Start at Job, read to Song of Solomon.
Love letters from John. His gospel, then his letters, and finally Revelation.
Bible prophecy. Start at Isaiah and read on to Malachi. You will be astonished.
Letters from great men of God. Start at Romans, read on to Peter and Jude.
Visit live churches and front-line missions by reading the book of Acts.
To Close Pray for the World's Most Unreached Peoples by Name
Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.