I’ve never understood that some Christians can live without reading the Word of God. Do you? How do they keep doubts away? How do they remind themselves of God’s goodness? I truly need to read the Word of God to be filled with the joy of salvation. Let me explain. Just read these three verses:
You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God. 24 For all flesh (mankind) is like grass, and all its glory (honor) like [the] flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower drops off, 25 But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25, AMP)
Just by reading these three verses I am reminded that God’s Word is ever living and lasting. My spirit shouts Hallelujah at this point. I am ready to meet the world because I know that I am a child of God and God is at my side until the end of the world.
Or let’s take an example from Paul’s letter to the Romans, one of my favorite New Testament epistles. Let’s go the first five verses verse by verse.
Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Talk about gifts and blessings to children of God! We’ve been made right with God through faith. We have peace with God through Jesus. We have peace to hold and to enjoy. All these gifts and blessings given to us free. All because of Jesus. My soul sings Hallelujah.
2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
Through Jesus we have our access by faith into grace which is a state of God’s favor. Awesome. Amazing. Astonishing. Let us indeed rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Yes. My soul sings Hallelujah.
3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
Let us indeed be full of joy! We are God’s children and nothing can take away God’s gifts from us. No matter what kind of hardships we will face, God Almighty is with us and he will see that everything will work towards our good. We can rejoice in the Lord because the Word of the Lord endures forever. We are on the Victor’s side. Again my soul sings Hallelujah.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
When we hang on to Jesus during our trials, we are growing in grace. Our character matures and it produces more and more of joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Ah, yes. My soul sings Hallelujah.
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us. Amen. For God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit lives in us, guides us and blesses us. Oh, yes. My soul keeps singing Hallelujah.
Do you see why I read the Bible? It is a sure way to keep my faith flowing. It is a sure way to get my spirit glowing. It is a sure way to get my soul singing Hallelujah.
You are so amazing, awesome and astonishing.
And you love us so.
Be praised forever and ever.
Your ever living and lasting Word lifts me up.
Your grace fill me with joy of salvation.
Your love surrounds me with hope everlasting.
Your Spirit gets my soul to sing Hallelujah.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Can you live without reading the Word of God? What does get you soul sing Hallelujah?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as your soul sings Hallelujah!