Have you ever heard of a military going into war without ammunition and weapons? How about a military who goes into war with ammunition but with no weapons or vice versa? I don’t think any of us have heard of such a thing happening before in this world. It would be a very dumb move. I don’t recall hearing of the Allied forces going to war with Germany without their weapons and ammunition. The same should be true for the Christian, the Child of God. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

God’s Word has many uses. One of the primary uses for it is to help us know what God expects of us and to help aid us in obeying God. Many times people will ask, “How can I obey God?” (I suggest reading the article “How do I obey God? It’s hard!” The answer is in the Word of God. When we read God’s Word and keep it in our heart, we are less likely to sin against God because we are reminded to keep His commandments, as the Psalmist also declared:

Psalms 119:11 (KJV)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.

Freedom.

As we live in our free countries, it is obvious that we abuse this freedom. We have the freedom to read God’s Word without being afraid to die by doing it. In many countries in the world, such as Iran, Iraq, parts of Syria and Egypt, they do not have this right. Some do not even own a Bible because of the persecution. We have the freedom to read God’s Word, which is readily available to us, but we do not use it. We abuse our freedom.

Do we really understand how blessed we are to be able to read God’s Word, in so many translations and in so many ways (Online, on cellular devices, etc)? We really do abuse our freedom and we really do not know how blessed we are to be able to read God’s Word. There are many believers out there who cannot read the Word of God as we can — we should be ashamed of ourselves for not taking the opportunity to read God’s Word, especially when there are believers dying via persecution just to read His Word.

As we have the Word of God readily available to us, we need to apply it to our everyday lives. The thing we, as humans, do not realize is that the Word of God has literally every answer for every situation we have in life. The Word of God was written for our benefit, for our own profit and gain, to guide and direct us in life. If you don’t believe me, take a look at what the Scriptures has for some (of the numerous) of the different situations and their solutions:

When you’re discouraged:

Psalms 42:6-11 (KJV)
O my God, my soul is cast down within me:
therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts:
all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me?
why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me;
while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?
hope thou in God:for I shall yet praise him,
who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

2 Corinthians 4:8-18 (KJV)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus ‘sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

When you’re leaving home:

Psalms 121 (KJV)
Psalm 121
A Song of degrees.
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.

When you’re sick or in pain:

James 5:14-15 (KJV)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

These are just a few of the numerous other examples that God’s Word gives us advice in. The Word of God isn’t only meant to be read, but to be applied in our daily lives. The Word of God is a literal guide for us in all of our situations. It may take awhile to find Scripture for your situation, but it is worth reading until you find your solution.

Even though the Old Testament is part of the Bible, modern day Christians try to keep away from it. We treat it like it isn’t useful for todays time. We act like we only need the New Testament. The Old Testament is a very important portion of the Holy Bible. Even though we are not under the Law (See the article “Understanding the Law – We aren’t under it“), the Old Testament can still be applied to our daily lives.

As we’ve already previously seen, the Psalms can be applied to our life today when we are leaving home or when we are striving not to sin. But this isn’t the only way we can apply the Old Testament to our lives. We can look at the mistakes that the Israelites have made and learn from their mistakes. For example, Israel continued to worry about their food so God provided for them manna in the wilderness:

Exodus 16:14-15 (KJV)
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna:for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

So we know that we shouldn’t worry about where our next meal will come from. If God can make manna rain from Heaven, He can provide for us food for our daily lives. There are other examples where we can learn from God’s Word in the Old Testament, but if I were to write them all, it would take up the space of many books.

Just as we, as Christians, stray away from the Old Testament, we also love to make excuses not to read the Word of God. One of the excuses is “I don’t have time.” We should be ashamed of ourselves! We have time for God when we’re sick, but we don’t have time for Him when He blesses us? We have time for television and computers, but we do not have time to read His Word? We have time to go to work, but not time to read the very Word of God? Shame on us! God does so much for us, yet we don’t have time to give Him at least two hours a day to devote to His Word? What if God were to treat us how we treat Him and only come to us once in awhile? We wouldn’t be where we are today, that is the truth.

Another excuse is the famous, “I don’t understand it.” So let me get this straight. We can understand school work, the story line for our favorite television shows, but we cannot understand the Word of God? When we do not understand the plot for our favorite books or the plot for our TV shows, we usually go over it again and again. If you want to understand the Bible, go over it again. We should be ashamed that we use “I don’t understand it” as an excuse!

When we do read God’s Word, we usually let our mind wonder from the Word of God. We’re thinking about what we need to do during our day or thinking about the Super Bowl. Let me tell you something, my friends. Reading the Word of God is not just going through the motions and letting the words go through one ear and out the other, just to get through it. Reading the Word of God includes making notes, asking questions, thinking about how you can apply it to your life, and how it applies to your current situations.

I don’t want to sound discouraging. On the contrary, I want to encourage you to wake up and read His Word. Be ashamed and feel guilt of how you have backslidden of reading His Word and be encouraged to read it. There are so many good things that the Word of God does — the best part of it is that it transforms you. Be encouraged to read the Word of God with great and fiery zeal. Ask God that He give you such a burning zeal for His Word that you can’t sleep because you want to read it!

If you don’t have time to read God’s Word, as many of us don’t, get up an hour or two earlier before work or school and stay up an hour or two later than you normally do. Take an hour before lunch, if possible, or take a few hours away from playing video games or watching television. If we count up how many hours per day we are watching TV or on the computer, we know in our hearts we can be studying His Word rather than doing what we want.

There is one amazing Bible study plan which takes, on average, 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day, which allows you to read the Bible in one month. It’s 39 chapters per day, and many a people have accomplished it. It isn’t for everyone, but I encourage you to read as much of God’s Word as you possibly can. Make your own study schedule — a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night usually works for me.

The best thing about the Word of God is that it doesn’t only help you with your spiritual walk, but it also helps you in everyday life. For me, it’s helped me in my college work. By reading God’s Word, I’ve learned discipline and reading comprehension. You would be surprised on how the Word of God will bless every area of your life. It has mine and I promise that it will bless yours as well.

So I encourage each of you to read God’s Word daily. Do not read devotionals, but read the very Word of God everyday. From Genesis to Revelations, every book is God’s Word and can be applied to your everyday life. Be encouraged. Be strengthened. Stop wandering around in the wilderness like the Israelites and read His Word, the perfect Solution, today. God bless you!