Does God speak? Does He speak to me? How can I know what God’s voice sound like?
Well, guess what? The bible is God’s voice!
“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.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
You just learned that the bible is God’s voice; or the Word of God. What is the purpose of the bible? Well, according to the scripture that you just read, it has several purposes;
to teach us
What are the things that God wants us to learn? Wow, there are so, so many things to learn about who God is, His character, His heart, the things He likes and the things he dislikes. The only way to learn these things is to begin to read for yourself. I mean it, for yourself. Take it out, get a notebook, get a highlighter, set the mood at home, and make it a priority. Follow this blog and we can study it together!
to rebuke us
What does rebuke mean? In this passage, the idea that the author wants conveyed is to return to the original path. So for example, when the Prodigal Son left his father and went into the world, he recognized the error of his ways and returned home. How do we know we’ve lost our way? How do we know what the original path should have been like? Again, we must spend time learning what it means to be a follower of Christ and what those characteristics look like. Once we have learned what His will is for us, we can begin to open up to a dear and trusted friend, or maybe a Pastor. They can help guide us the right way.
to correct us
This is a really tough one and it boils down to LOVE. What does it mean to love someone? What do people who love one another do for one another? When one is steering away, or has gone astray, we go after them. We lovingly pursue them and communicate what it is that is causing them harm. This includes identifying sin. Yes, we all hate that word; but nonetheless, it’s there. It exists, even from the beginning with Adam and Eve. It’s crept up and it’s here to stay. So as followers of Christ, we look to stay as far away as we can from sinful behavior recognizing old habits and starting a healing process with those closest to us.
to trains us in righteousness
What makes one righteous? Well, if you believe that Jesus is Lord, you have been declared righteous before God. He has already paid the price for your sins, the ones that you have committed and the ones that you will commit after. Does this give you permission to sin? Absolutely NOT! We begin to learn what God’s will is, we observe His commands, we follow after Jesus when He calls us into ministry. That’s what it means to be trained…You already have the job, now you have to learn to do it and master it. We love him in such a way that we hunger and thirst for it; His love. How can I stay connected in this righteousness? Well, join a local church, a local men or women’s group, and live this new journey with others who share the same passion for Christ. You will be amazed at how much sweeter it is to live life in the community of believers.
Study with me
You may be wondering; aren’t we supposed to be going through the bible Chronologically? You are 100% correct. We should. However; I felt that it was necessary to lay the ground for the bible as God’s word.
Remember that Radiant ministries connects you to the Word God in such way that you can’t help but to shine His light unto others.
Pray with me
Thank you for being the kind of God who never leaves us. The bible says that when you ascended into heaven that you left us The Comforter – Holy Spirit and we are never alone. Lord Jesus, forgive us the times that we’ve not prioritized your Word. Forgive us the times we doubted what you said is true. Forgive us the times when we discouraged others from pursuing your heart. Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking everyday, in so many ways, into our lives. Thank you Jesus for making your plans clear. We love you, and we will stay close to you and radiate your love to others. In your beautiful name I pray, Amen!
Connect with me
I pray that today you got a glimpse of the wonderful purpose of the bible in our lives. What are some things that you struggle with in regard to reading the bible? Are you the one who was so in love with God but has gone astray? Are the one that has never taken the time to read it? Are you the one searching for the answers?
Let me know how I can pray with you. I’m happy to!
God bless you!