UNLOCKING THE POWER OF SCRIPTURE

Reverencing and Respecting the Word of God
By Charles F. Stanley

The reason the world has become so immoral and dangerous is because society has rejected God and His laws, commandments, and principles. Many people today think their ideas are better than His, and they don’t want Him telling them how to live. However, God’s instructions were given to us for our good, and any society will benefit from following them. But when a civilization chooses to ignore or reject the Lord’s precepts, an increasingly corrupt culture results.

Our responsibility as Christians is to make a positive contribution to our society by proclaiming, honoring, and living in accordance with God’s Word. We begin to understand the power of Scripture when we have:

A Longing to Hear It. When we value the Scriptures, we come to church with a desire to hear truths from the Lord. As we’re taught, we follow along in our Bibles, listen carefully, and write down whatever the Lord lays on our hearts so we won’t forget. But this is not just a Sunday commitment. If we truly tremble at God’s Word, we’ll read it every day, asking Him for direction and guidance.

A Desire to Believe It. Because the Lord is trustworthy and true, we can always believe what He says. By reminding Him of the promises we’ve read in His Word, we are able to pray with confidence, expecting Him to hear us and answer our requests when we ask anything according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).

An Intention to Obey It. Trembling at God’s Word involves more than just reading and desiring it—the Lord expects us to obey it. This is our daily spiritual nourishment, and without it, we’ll grow weak morally, spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes even physically. But when we read and obey His commands and principles, we’ll be strengthened in our walk with Christ. The Lord has blessed us by putting His thoughts and words in print so we can know what He expects of us.

Do you honor, respect, and hold the Scriptures in awe, knowing that these are the very words of Almighty God? If we are humble and contrite, we’ll recognize our need for His Word and be willing to yield to its authority in such a way that it affects and changes us.

Scripture is powerful and our most precious possession. Be sure you are demonstrating how much you value and honor it by reading and obeying it daily.

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