If you have served God and been a Christian for any length of time, you can fall into the trap of familiarity with not spending time getting in God’s Word. Of course, no one intentionally does this, but in the daily grind and busyness of our daily routines we can take our walk in God’s Word for granted.
As woman of God, and woman of faith, we know how important and valuable of our time, and we know it is important to spend time in God’s Word. You and I know it is important to getting God’s instructions to start our day.
With everything that is bombarding our lives on a daily basis, it is easy to put our quiet time with the Lord on hold, but we should always have time to spend in the Word of God.
Reading a verse or even a chapter each morning as part of our daily devotion will be vital to the rest of your day.
Make it a priority of meeting with Him regularly even if it is just for a short amount of time and allow those times to grow in time as you come to recognize His voice more and more each day.
Pray simply, “Lord, I want to know You. Show me Your glory.” Then open your eyes and buckle your seatbelt because that is a prayer, He will gladly answer for you.
When we get in God’s Word, it helps us to know Him. In order to know God truly & intimately we must know His Word. The apostle Paul tells us in his second letter to Timothy “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We have work to do, so keep digging into God’s Word.
John 8:31-32 “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
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What Does the Bible Say About Getting in God’s Word
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
“The Word of God It is alive, it’s a living thing.” And because His word is living, it is active and does many things, both for God and for us. It is the word of God that does the job!
The power of God’s Word lies in the fact that it comes alive. It is active and effective. No other book in the world has this kind of power.
It is a Living Word, a word vibrant with life, a word that carries the power of life, and the power of transformation, a persistent word – a word that is active in us until our very spirit and soul, joints and marrow are divided or parted; that is, until death.
It is the word of God that plants a seed that springs into new life. The new birth is accomplished by the Holy Spirit using the word of God! That is how Christians are conceived. That is how sons & daughters of God are created. The only way you can become a child of God is to be born by the word the seed of a new life.
Christ is the Word made flesh. The Bible is the Word written. This case of usage refers to the revealed will of God, and the message to his people to persevere to the end. It is part of the grace of God for the eternal security of the true Christian that we would be admonished not to fall away as part of his plan to keep us from falling away. By his Spirit and his warnings, the true believer will do what the Israelites had been unable to do and enter into his eternal rest.
Colossians 3:16-17 brings further understanding to the impacts the Word has on our lives:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
As the Word dwells in us, we can encourage others with it and worship God together out of thankfulness in our hearts to Him. It also continues to work in us all throughout the everyday moments of our lives to help us to do all for God’s glory and name.
Why Do We Need the Word of God Daily?
Getting in the word every day is how God speaks to us. It is how He teaches us about Who He is. As we read the word daily, it changes us. It changes our perspective.
The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
How are you going to hear God, if you don’t get in His Word? As a believer you know the voice of God. When God speaks, if you are a sheep, you will know His voice. And if you are wise, you will hear.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27 (KJV)
Whatever you need to know what is going on in your life, you will find the answer in the word of God. The reason the Bible has outsold every other book is because it is God’s Word on the issue. It is god’s Word speaking to you.
When Satan attacked Him in the wilderness, Jesus quoted the Scriptures to him. That’s why the Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps 119:11).
The Word of God will build your faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Your faith grows when you hear God speak, and it works when you do what He says. If you struggle to lead a victorious Christian life, read these words carefully: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” (v. 9 NKJV).
The solution to every problem you face is contained in Scripture. To be wise you must study it. To be strong in faith you must believe it. To be successful in life you must practice it.
A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” That means we should do everything we can to have our view of God tethered to God’s Word and not our own imaginations.
Benefits of Getting in God’s Word?
- Answered prayer (John 15:7, Proverbs 28:9). Jesus said if we continue in a vital relationship with Him and His Word is in us, whatever we ask will be given to us. If His Word is in us, we must conclude that we will be praying His Will (1 John 5:14-15). However, if we turn our ear away from hearing His Word, our prayer is an abomination to God (Proverbs 28:9).
- Victory over sin (Psalms 119:9-11, 1 John 2:14, John 8:31-32, Psalms 37:31). The Word of God makes us aware of sin and keeps us from sliding down a slippery slope. It does not mean we will never fail, but we will not continue to slide down. Like Peter, we will rise up victorious over failure. After denying Christ, he ministered with power on the day of Pentecost. The Bible will keep you from sin as sin will keep you from the Bible.
- Spirit-Filled living (Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16). There is no easy way to stay filled with God’s Spirit. We must read the Word and spend time with Him in prayer. The context of these passages is nearly identical. One refers to being filled with the Spirit, while the other talks about the Word of Christ dwelling in us. The secret to being filled and remaining full of the Holy Spirit is to saturate yourself with His Word.
- The Word brings purpose in life. “Sanctify them in your truth, your Word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (John 17:17-18). Jesus came into the world to fulfill a purpose. Likewise, as we study His Word, we find purpose in Him. Sanctification is not only setting us apart from sin, but also setting us apart for His divine purpose. Want to know God’s purpose for your life? Dive into the Bible until He reveals it to you.
- The Word causes spiritual growth (Romans 10:17, 1 Peter 2:2). We cannot grow spiritually apart from the Word. If we do not eat, we will not grow and will eventually die. We grow from the Word in two ways: Maturity. Peter said we must desire the milk of the Word to grow, but we cannot thrive on milk alone. We must also eat solid food to grow to maturity (1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Hebrews 5:12-14).
6. Increased faith. All Christians want to have more faith. Even the disciples desired this (Luke 17:5). The best way to increase faith is by spending time in the Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word” (Romans 10:17). Our faith will never grow through personal study alone – we must also hear the Word proclaimed in church (Romans 10:13-17).
7. The Word produces fruit in our lives (Psalms 1:2-3). The Psalmist gives us a picture of a tree planted near a river with its roots going deep into the ground drinking water. Every time we immerse ourselves in the Word of God we are filled with His Spirit (John 15:16). Just like the tree planted by the river, the result is fruitfulness.
8. The Word defeats the enemy (Matthew 4:3-11, Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5). The Bible is the main offensive weapon for every Christian. We have victory over the enemy through the Word. We are in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus said Satan desired to sift Peter like wheat (Luke 22:31) and he desires the same for us. Jesus used the Word to defeat Satan and so should we. It equips us and makes us strong for battle (1 John 2:14). Knowing it is not enough. A weapon must be used, or it is worthless.
9. The Word brings success to life (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:2-3, James 1:25). God told Joshua the Word must not depart from his mouth and he must do all that is written in it (Joshua 1:8). The principles in the Bible work. Meditate on them day and night (Psalms 1:2-3). God promised if we put the Word into practice, He will bless us in all things (James 1:25).
10. The Word makes us competent counselors (Romans 15:14, 2 Timothy 3:16). Biblical counseling is listening to a person’s problems or struggles and applying God’s Word to them. Concerning the children of Israel, Moses said, “When they have a dispute, I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws” (Exodus 18:16). This is exactly how we are to counsel. What I think does a person little good, but what God says is of infinite value. It is the Word that has the power to change lives.
11. The spoken Word is powerful (Isaiah 55:10-11). Do not be afraid to say Bible verses aloud. When going through difficulties or ministering to someone, speak His Word with authority. It will be released into the spiritual realm and continue to work until it fulfills God’s purpose. Like rain watering seed in the ground, it may take a season to come to fruition, but it will come to pass.
12. The Word is a cleansing agent (Ephesians 5:25-27, John 15:3). The Word has a cleansing affect in our lives. Have you ever done something wrong, confessed it as sin, knew God had forgiven you (1 John 1:9), but still felt guilty? It is during these times we must allow the Word to cleanse us. It is both a mirror showing us our sin (James 1:23-24) and a wash basin to cleanse us from impurities.
The Word brings comfort and hope (Romans 15:4, Hebrews 6:17-20). Many Christians can testify to being discouraged and hopeless, and after reading a few verses or hearing a message preached were filled with hope, comfort, and encouragement. During times of despair, we usually do not want to read the Bible, but this is exactly when we need to. Get into the Word and let God encourage you.
13. The Word gives guidance and direction (Psalms 119:105). “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105). The Bible shines a light on our path, so we know which way to go. However, the light shines only so far in front of us. As we walk forward, it shines further out. We must walk in the light we have before we receive additional light (Matthew 25:29).
14. The Word brings joy into our life and situation (Jeremiah 15:16). Jeremiah said God’s Word was the “joy and rejoicing” of his heart. Why? Because he was called by His name.
15. The Word is light. In I John 1:5 we read that “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” God is Light, and His Word is also light. As we learn God’s Word and live accordingly, our lives will reflect the brilliance of God. The light of God’s Word that we shine forth overcomes the darkness of this world. God’s Word is light, and when we live in that light, we shine as lights in the world.
The first recorded words of God are in Genesis 1:3. He said, “Let there be light.” And what happened? Verse 3 continues, “…and there was light.” God simply spoke it into being. God’s Word brought light into the situation. God’s Word overcame the darkness.
Light shines in darkness, but darkness cannot overcome light.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended [overcame] it not.
When God said, “Let there be light,” there was light! The darkness had to flee. The greatness of all that God has done and will do is to make light available to man. The light of God’s Word is available to us today in the Bible, written so that we can learn it, apply it, and benefit from it.
How Does God Want Us to Spend our Time?
God is such as wonderful Father. He has blessed us with everything we need. We are a people who have been blessed with much, but little thankfulness.
We cannot always choose how to use our time, of course; sometimes our circumstances control us, our schedules control us. But even if circumstances control our time, we can still control our attitude – with God’s help. He can also help us gain more control over our time and begin to use it in new ways. He is always turning things around for our good.
How can we use our time wisely? Let me suggest four steps I have found helpful.
First, see each day we are given as a blessing from God. See each day as a blessing God has given us to serve Him, and give thanks
The psalmist said, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15). The first thing we should do when we awake is thank God for the gift of another day.
Second, commit your time and your day to God. God gave it to you for a reason: not to be wasted or mishandled, but to be used for His glory.
The Bible says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
How can we put this into action? It may mean asking God to help us schedule our time more wisely and efficiently. It may mean rethinking how we spend our time, and then adjusting it to reflect God’s priorities. We may also need to examine why we are so busy (or so bored).
Is what we are doing necessary – or are we simply trying to impress others? We cannot do everything, and we need to say “no,” if some activity is not God’s will.
Third, set aside time for God and for others. No believers, we should not be too busy for God,” but how often have you gone through a whole day without even thinking about Him (let alone praying or reading the Bible)? How often have you ignored someone who needed your encouragement or help?
Finally, take time for your own needs and family. We all need rest and recreation; God made us this way. In the midst of an incredibly busy schedule, Jesus told His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
If Jesus required times of rest, don’t we also? Someone who is chronically exhausted from lack of sleep or improper eating is much more susceptible to Satan’s attacks.
So, we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:9-10)
Use your time to its best advantage, investing it wisely, knowing that you will never get it back.
Ephesians 5:15-16 warns us, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Our time is of the utmost importance here on earth. We will never get back the days we spend frivolously pursuing the things of the world. We will never get back the time spent outside of God’s purposes of receiving and giving love. Our time here is too limited and too important to spend on burdens, stresses, sin, and worldly pursuits. If we are going to make the most of this life, we must learn to center our time around the eternal value of meeting with God. It’s for this reason James 4:13-15 says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord
Bible Verses About God’s Word
Here are the twenty most powerful Bible scriptures on God’s word.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
1 Peter 1:23
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
2 Peter 3:16
As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Study the Word Worksheet
You can use this Bible Worksheet during Bible and prayer time or study time. You could also use my simple worksheet – just print as many copies as you need and place in a binder.
Father, in the Name of Jesus. Thank You for Your Word which is life and health to my soul. I trust that You are working behind the scenes for my good. “Lord, thank you for bringing your word to pass in my life”. I will hide Your Word in my heart, knowing that it will be well with me because You are good and faithful in Jesus’ name. Amen. Isaiah 3:10