“The alternative to discipline is disaster.” - Vance Havner
In an age of deconstructing our faith and closing our ears to God's Word, it's beneficial to see how the Bible aids us over a lifetime of study.
Benefits of Disciplined Bible intake
People of the Word are:
Saved and being saved daily (1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Peter 2:2)
Truly happy (Psalm 1, 19:8; Revelation 1:3)
Growing in faith (Romans 10:17; Proverbs 22:17-19)
Enduring with hope (Romans 15:4)
Free (John 8:32)
Satisfied (Isaiah 55; Matthew 4:4)
Kept from sin (Psalms 119:11; 1 Corinthians 10:6)
Washed clean from shame (Ephesians 5:26)
Changed for the better (John 17:17)
Grounded with deep roots (Psalms 1)
Strengthened in terrible pain (Psalms 19:7, 119:28)
Fruitful in life (John 15:1-5)
Confident in wisdom (Psalms 119:98-99; 2 Timothy 3:15)
Witnesses to awe-inspiring glory (Psalms 119:18; 2 Corinthians 3:16)
Educated in God’s ways (Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:16)
Directed by the Lord (Psalms 119:105, 130)
Rewarded Greatly (Psalms 19:9-11)
At Peace (Psalms 119:165)
Elated by God and His Word (John 14:23; Psalms 40:8; Matthew 6:21)
Confident in God’s Love for them (1 John 2:5; Romans 5:5)
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." - Matthew 4:4
There are more benefits to regular Scripture intake than the 20 listed above.
However, the real challenge today is not to figure out more benefits but to "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).
Which of these benefits do you want in your life?
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