Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
I am fully convinced that we cannot grow and mature as believers if we are not reading and meditating upon the Word of God. There is no substitute for spending time in the Bible. Devotional books are good and helpful, but we must not neglect time in the Word itself. I believe reading, meditating upon and memorizing the Scriptures is the most fundamental of all the spiritual disciplines.
How can the word of Christ dwell in us if we don’t know it? We cannot know it if we are not spending time in the Scriptures. We must remember that the Bible is the inspired Word of God — “All Scripture is breathed out (inspired) by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16). Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God it is our only rule for faith and practice.
We must also remember that God’s Word is powerful — “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The Scripture cuts to the core of our being. It encourages us, rebukes us, convicts us, corrects us and guides us. Therefore, we must never neglect time in the Word.
It has been my practice for many years to make my first order of the day to spend time in God’s Word. These devotions come from my meditations upon specific passages of the Bible. Every day I learn new things that enable me to grow in my faith. Never neglect spending time in the Scriptures. When we are faithful in our Bible reading and meditation, the Word of Christ will dwell in us richly.
O Holy Spirit, I acknowledge that You are the Author of the Scriptures. I also know that You illuminate our hearts and minds to understand them. I pray that You will open the eyes of my hearts to the wonderful truths found in the Scriptures. Let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly.
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