From the Heart of Our Pastor
Warren A. Reichert
“Man shall not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God”
Can you imagine not eating? Quickly, we would lose energy, become fatigued, not think clearly and in time, we would become malnourished, starve and even die. Our Lord confronted the devil saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3). Even more important than three meals a day, God’s Word is our soul’s food and nourishment. Without a continual, steady diet of Holy Scripture we lose energy and become fatigued battling the enemy. Without Scripture we become spiritually malnourished by spending hours with TV, the internet or social media. Without Scripture we starve our souls and lives so we have no strength or vitality when problems, difficulties and heartaches come to us. Without God’s Word we have no hope as we face the death of loved ones and eventually ourselves.
Our Lord knew that the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44) could not stand against the truth of God’s Word (Psalm 119:160). Do we as His people live by the untruths, falsehoods and lies of this world instead of the life-giving and life-sustaining truth of God’s Word (John 17:17)? If so, what are we to do?
“The Four Best Practices for Individual Spiritual Growth” (see “From the Heart of our Pastor,” January edition of the Grace Herald) tell us we are to “embed the Bible in every part of life.” No longer is God’s Word to remain confined to worship on Sundays. Instead, so that you and I become spiritually vital followers of Jesus, we are to read God’s Word, take it to heart and apply it every day.
Think for a minute about a special relationship you have with your spouse or friends. You look forward to hearing what they say to you. Their words may be loving and encouraging or wise and full of beneficial advice or helpful and hope-filled. You take their words to heart, trust them and even apply those words in your life. God’s Word is all of that and much more. You have no truer Friend than Jesus (John 15:15). His Word is exactly what we need to live in this world (Psalm 119:105).
To embed the Bible in every part of your life is to daily read, take to heart and live by God’s Word.
How would you start? First, obtain a study Bible with words you can understand. Many members are profiting from using the New International Version Life Application Bible. The words are clear and helps are given to explain questions you may have.
Next, make a plan for your reading. Your daily Bible reading may grow out of your prayer time with the Lord as you listen to what God is saying to you and apply it to your life.
Also, You may read Scripture using the Read through the Bible in A Year or Two that is published each month in our Grace Herald.
As well, you might pray about joining one of our seven weekly, bi-weekly or monthly Bible Studies to talk, share and learn with other members. Each of these studies is open to you. Please see the list in our Sunday worship bulletin insert, “This Week At Grace.”
As you get going reading God’s Word, always pause as you read and ask yourself, “Lord, what is it that You are saying to me? How do You want me to use and apply Your Word today and everyday as I follow You?”
Rest assured that reading God’s Word, always carries this promise from the Lord for you:
For even as the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my Word be that goes out of my mouth: it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and it shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Now is the time to become more spiritually vital by feasting on God’s Word (Mathew 4:4) and embedding the Bible in every part of your life (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 2 Timothy 3:14–17).
The Lord be with you,