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The Bible Counts

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Posted by Brad Quiring on May 3, 2015

For the month of May, 2015, Abundant Life is working through a series entitled, “It All Counts.”

The true follower of Jesus finds that their life is moving in a different direction than the rest of the world. A direction of purpose that is only found in God. Their thinking and acting is radically different when they realize that when life is approached from God’s point of view, all things count for Him.

The Bible. We know of it. Some of us have read it. Some have studied it. Many are baffled by it. Does the Bible matter? Should I really get into it? Is it worth my time and will it change my life?

The poet and king, David, wrote this about the Bible in Psalm 119:9 – 16 (NIV)

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
 By living according to your word.
 I seek you with all my heart;
 do not let me stray from your commands.
 I have hidden your word in my heart
 that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
 teach me your decrees.

With my lips I recount
 all the laws that come from your mouth.
 I rejoice in following your statutes
 as one rejoices in great riches.
 I meditate on your precepts
 and consider your ways.
 I delight in your decrees;
 I will not neglect your word.

If you couldn’t tell already, David LOVED God’s Word, the Bible.

Paul had to say this to his friend and apprentice, Timothy, in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 (NIV)

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.

God’s Word Is from God Himself. It is “Inspired.” God breathed and reveals God’s heart and mind to us

Like God, His Word is powerful. One of the clearest examples is from Genesis chapter 1 where we read that God spoke and the universe and all that is in it was created.

Like God, His Word lasts forever – Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand forever.” (KJ 2000)

Paul goes on to say that the Bible is useful. It’s not just a collection of sayings, rules and regulations. It certainly isn’t a collection of myths and legends – there are true historical events and people recorded in the Bible. It is backed up by good science, archaeology and history.

The Bible doesn’t just line up with reality, the Bible DEFINES reality. It shows us how God created the real world in which we live.

Therefore we see it is useful for our everyday life and needs. Useful for:

Teaching – showing the way to go

Rebuking – when we stray, it shows us that we have strayed

Correcting – showing us the way back

Training in Righteousness – keeping us on the way we should go.

Finally Paul gives us the purpose of the Bible

2 Timothy 3:17: “so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”

Our challenge and duty is to study the Bible daily. Not just reading it but meditating, considering, and thinking about the Bible so we can learn

Then, we must be putting the lessons into practice.

Not because there is a “duty” or “obligation”. We do all this as a response to the change we are experiencing in our lives because of faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in us. As we gladly explore the Bible out of love for God and pure curiosity, the curiosity to know God better, we will understand it and be able to put it into practice.apters