I love the start of a new year. It provides an opportunity to reevaluate and recalibrate the way we live. The New Year also offers us a chance to abandon lies and cling to God’s truth more and more.
We want to encourage you to live out God’s truth in bold new ways this year, and so we’ve developed a series of posts that I’m calling Truth Boot Camp. They are based on a special section of powerful truths found on pages 203–204 in the book Lies Young Women Believe. We will be addressing each truth as a resolution or action step that you can take in the weeks to come.
What will be the end result of intentionally choosing so much truth? My prayer is that it will lead to greater freedom and fruitfulness in your life (and in mine!).
In yesterday’s post I encouraged you to start 2012 by reading the Bible every day this year. (If you haven’t read that post, check it out here and take our 365-day challenge). Today, I want help you understand why reading the Bible more often is so important.
Resolution: I will treat the Bible as a living book this year.
Hebrews 4:12 says this: “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.”
The Bible is more than just a book. It isn’t just words on a page or a boring homework assignment from heaven. Nope. The Bible is living and active. It is the words of a living God who longs to be active in each of our lives.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Have you ever been reading your Bible and come across a passage that you’ve read many times before, but suddenly it jumps off the page and applies to your life in a whole new way? That’s because the Bible is living and active. Have you ever needed an answer to a question you’re facing in life and had God reveal His will through the Bible at the exact moment you needed it? That’s because the Bible is living and active. God can use the Bible to teach, equip, encourage, and change you this year because the Bible is a living book written by an active God.
Instead of treating the Bible as drudgery or something to check off your to-do list this year, treat it like it’s alive and has the power to change you. Instead of passively reading the Bible, actively seek to be transformed by it.
So will you resolve to treat the Bible as a living book this year? What attitudes or ideas do you need to change to get there? If the Bible is going to be living and active in your life, what changes do you need to make to your daily routine to spend more time in God’s Word?
I’d love to hear from you. How have you seen God’s Word be “living and active” in your own life? What’s your plan to get more of this living book in your life this year?