We all love getting in the presence of God and soaking in worship. While God loves our worship, He also longs that we get in the word daily. Jesus is the word and the word is what will sustain us. He is our daily bread to strengthen our walk with Him. It’s time to get in the word.
I used to not be excited about reading the Bible until I realized that God speaks and reveals Himself through the word. There was a time when I would open my Bible and whisper, “I hope God speaks today.”
I said these words years ago without realizing that God does speak through His word. It’s not that God is not speaking, but that we are not willing to linger long enough to listen to His voice through the word.
You can receive revelation through the word by the Holy Spirit. Jesus reveals Himself and his will for your life through the word.
John 16:13 says, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
The “truth” in this verse is the word of God. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, teaching and directing our lives practically. Reading the Bible isn’t just about getting knowledge of Jesus, but experiencing Jesus. He wants to be relevant in our lives, and that’s where the Holy Spirit plays a role in bringing revelation – making the word alive and practical in our lives.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “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.” Jesus can be found in scripture, His word can be made alive when you invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the word.
I believe the enemy is planting a lie in many believers that we can’t encounter revelation through the Bible; in other words, God doesn’t speak to us through the Bible. We’ve relied on preachers or yearned for encounters in the midst of worship to hear God besides the word itself.
The truth is, God does speak through the word. Why? Because the word is Jesus.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the very scriptures we hold in the Bible. We can encounter Jesus through the word because the word is Jesus.
We must be as excited with reading our Bibles like when entering into His presence in worship.
I’ve received great breakthroughs in my life through the word. The Holy Spirit uses the word of God to correct and show me things in my heart that I never realized I had. He opens my eyes and gives me vision for my future. He’s used the word to give me practical direction for my daily life.
I went from not being excited when reading the Bible to being excited and expecting God to speak.
Paul writes in Colossians 1:9-10 “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.”
The Holy Spirit’s job is to illuminate the word and bring it to life as we read it. We can read the word but not give the Holy Spirit room to speak to us through it. Jesus has a lot that He wants to show us and it starts with giving our time in the word.
We cannot neglect the word of God because it has been given to us as our daily bread. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35). He tells us that every day we are to pray, “give us this day, our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). This means we are to be in the word to receive Jesus as our daily bread.
When was the last time you were in the word of God? Are you reading it every day and making that a priority?
When we neglect the word, we neglect the truth that Jesus is trying to speak to us. We miss out on the revelation that he yearns to fill our hearts with. If we are needing to be set free, we must be immersed in the word that is the truth. Jesus says in John 8:32, “then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Are you needing direction in your life? Do you long to be set free from strongholds that have been holding you back for so long? You will find everything you need in the word and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you have not invited Jesus as your savior into your life, that is the first thing you need to do. Through Jesus, you will then receive the Holy Spirit who will illuminate the word for you. Invite the Holy Spirit in and pray John 16:33 before reading scripture. Read the Bible with excitement and expectancy that He will speak through it. So remember, it’s time to get in the word.