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The Sustaining Word of God


Are you feeling unsatisfied? After achieving everything you want, do you ask, "Is this all there is?" We know what we want but we often don't know what we need. There is more, but we are usually looking in the wrong place. True contentment comes from God's word.
Matthew 4:4
But Jesus told him, The Scriptures say,
'People need more than bread for their life;
they must feed on every word of God.

God's word is given to us in the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God. It is breathed out by God and written by the hands of men of his choosing. Scripture is the most useful tool we have in understanding what is right.

Feeding implies a daily supply of something to sustain life. The best way to do this is to develop a discipline of Bible study. It won't be easy to make time for daily Bible reading. There will be opposition. We may have to set priorities by avoiding some distractions, such as television. We may have to determine to get up half an hour earlier - before the family.
  1. Discover the sustaining power of the Word by following these tips to develop a habit of quiet time.
  2. Choose a specific place. It should be comfortable, quiet and away from distractions. Find quiet time with God, even if it is in a closet.
  3. Select a time. Think of it as appointment with God. And show up.
  4. Find a Bible that is easy for you to read. You may want to try one of the newer translations in today's language. When I quote scripture in this site, I use the New Living Translation or the English Standard Translation. One of the most widely used translations is the New International Version or you may want to use the translation that is used in your church.
  5. Be sure to have a notebook and pen available.
  6. When you arrive for your appointment with God, take a minute to ask Him to show you something from His word. He has something to tell you that will change your life.
  7. Read a portion of scripture. For some it may be one or two verses, for others it may be a chapter. Think about what it means to you. Can you apply it to your life today? Write down your thoughts in your notebook, noting the verse.
    • Reading plans - You may find it helpful to use a structured reading plan such as a 'read the Bible in a year' plan. Ask your pastor for suggestions.
    • Study books -- Your local Christian bookstore has books to help you. There are guides for the study of one particular book of the Bible or a particular aspect of life, such as depression, motherhood, spiritual growth, etc. The number of books may be overwhelming, so ask for help.
    • After your study, take a few minutes to sit quietly and let God speak to you.
    • Don't become discouraged. Keep showing up for your daily appointment. God will honor your commitment.
    • Expect to develop a craving for God's word.

1 Peter 2:2,3
You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness.


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