Christianity, Faith, Walking in Purpose

Understanding Your Purpose- The Word (pt1)

To understand God’s purpose for your life, you must immerse yourself in the written word of God. Paul say this about the scripture, “all scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16)”.

The knowledge we seek is found in God’s word. I suspect that there might be a correlation between many Christians not reading the Bible and why so many of us find ourselves searching for this elusive purpose!

A study done by Lifeway reveals that, “while the majority of churchgoers desire to honor Christ with their lives and even profess to think on biblical truths… few actually engage in personal reading and study of the Scriptures (Russ Rankine, 2012).

Unfortunately the desire to read the word does not necessarily result in action in many of our lives. The result of this is there isn’t enough knowledge of the word of God and not enough understanding of his will for our lives. Since immersing ourselves in the word is the best way to get to know God, we need to make sure that this we do this regularly if we are serious about building our relationship with him.

How can I know God’s will if I never use the main resource he has provided for me to know this? The clarity we seek about our purpose is found through meaningful interaction with the word of God. The more time you invest the more benefit you will receive. With this investment, you are guaranteed a greater profit.

Reading the Bible gives you the opportunity to get to know God at a deeper level. Do not read only to accumulate knowledge but to know God and develop a better relationship with him. His word remains the same; therefore we can always learn from it. Peter says, “but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you” ( 1 Peter 1:25). Because his word endures and never changes, we can be confident in the story it tells about him. His word is unchanging and he continues to call us to righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Studying the word helps to build our spiritual muscles. This sets a pattern for how we should engage with God at all times. We begin to condition ourselves to make a habit of this essential activity. We feast at his table and partake of the delicious morsels he provides for us through his word. It may be unusual at first if this has not been a part of your regular routine but it is essential to discipline ourselves to this most necessary activity.

Faith is a necessary component of our walk with God and we know that faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). It is that interaction with the word of God that stretches our faith. As we partake of the word the Holy Spirit imparts more faith to us.

The Bible is God’s instruction manual for his people. It tells us what his great plans are and how we can do our part to carry out his plan. When we read the Bible, we get to know what God intended for us when he created us and instructions for daily life.

When you immerse yourself in the word, you will find that there are specific scriptures that the Holy Spirit will use to minister to your heart. Take the opportunity to dwell there and examine it and let it guide your heart and live in obedience to it.

Journal Prompts
• Write two things you can adjust to make time in the word a priority?
• What tools do you need to help you with your bible study?
• How can you spend more time meditating on the scriptures
• Is there a bible study method you can research to help you better understand the word?

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