Writers hope that people will read their work. We write with the expectation that someone will pick up the book and be in- spired through the story and words that we put on paper. We want our words to get people thinking, motivate them to action or influence them to change.
God has also written a book. Yes, the title is familiar, the Bible. While many people own a copy, few people actually read it. The men who wrote the Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is not a dusty old, outdated book. It is the living word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living 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.”
When we are reading Scripture we are engaging with God. When we read the Bible we are giving God in Christ permission to apply His word to our hearts and transform our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We need to read Scripture with the expectation that God will reveal Himself, declare His intentions to us and motivate us to a deeper understanding of Himself. Through the words of Scripture the Holy Spirit can bring thoughts of God to our mind, teach us about the activity of God in Christ and encourage us to act in accordance with our Lord.
“All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16).
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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