A Better You

A Better You

How will reading God’s Word make your life better?

Food for spiritual strength and growth. Just as your body needs food to survive and grow strong, your spirit needs spiritual nourishment from God’s Word. This little analogy crops up repeatedly in both the Old and New Testaments:

When Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,”1 He was quoting Moses.

Job declared in his time of suffering, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”2

In Psalm 119, King David said to the Lord, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”3

The apostle Peter, writing to new Christians, admonished them to “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word.”4

Deeper relationship with Jesus. When you asked Jesus to come into your heart, you began a wonderful and fulfilling personal relationship with Him. He wants to be your best friend, counselor, teacher, guide, and much more! The way to get to know Him better is through His Word. The four Gospels, especially, reveal His nature, His personality, His power, and His love.

He wants His relationship with you to be a two-way, give-and-take affair. It is through reading the Bible that you will find out not only what He has for you, but also what He would like from you.

Think of His words as personal love letters to you from the one who knows and cares about you more than any other can.

Truth and freedom. It seems that everywhere you look today, someone is marketing “the truth” in the form of some new book, program, or product. Who are you supposed to believe—and how much will it cost you?

Well, Jesus is the real deal. “If you abide in My word,” He promises, “you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”5

You can rest assured that the Bible tells the truth. Become familiar with its precepts, and you will have a standard by which you can measure all things.

Growing in faith. Faith comes by hearing and receiving the Word of God.6 To grow in our faith and become mature Christians, we need to read and believe God’s Word.7 As you read and study God’s Word with an open mind and receptive heart, your understanding and faith will grow.

Living in His joy. Lasting joy comes from following Jesus’ loving example and His commandments, and you learn how to do that from His Word. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love. … These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”8

Contentment and peace of mind. By studying God’s Word, you will come to understand His loving ways. This will give you faith that whatever your circumstances may be, He is with you and has your best interests at heart. “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.”9 When disappointments, obstacles, and setbacks wear on you, taking a little time to read God’s Word will help put things in proper perspective.

Answers and solutions. When you have questions, God has answers, and when you have problems, He has solutions. By reading God’s Word or hearing Him speak to your heart personally when you pray for guidance, you can find the strength you need to face every problem you will have in life. Once you become familiar with the spiritual principles, divine wisdom, and practical counsel that are in the written Word, you will find that the Lord will show you how to apply it to questions and problems that come up in your own life. His Word will be like a light, illuminating the path ahead of you.10

Finding God’s will. God has a plan for your life. He knows what’s best for you. So, if you can learn to seek His direction for your decisions, you can trust that He will work everything out in the end. But, you wonder, how do you find out what is God’s best for you in a particular situation? How can you know “God’s will”?

God’s Word recorded in the Bible is the known, sure, revealed will of God. So, when you’re faced with a decision, look at what He’s said before. Pattern your decision on a similar situation in the Word, or on the foundation principles of God’s Word. You can also ask God to speak to your heart directly and show you what His will is for you in that particular situation.

God’s Word also has the power to change the way you see life’s problems. It will cause you to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove [know] what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”11

Models for godly living. The Bible is full of stories about other­wise ordinary men and women whose faith and love for God saw them through thick and thin and made them great in His eyes. Much can be learned and much strength can be drawn from their examples. There are also many faith-building accounts of God’s love and care for His children, His protection, and His supply of their every need, as well as examples of what not to do and the consequences of violating His spiritual principles. “Whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”12

God’s promises. God has promised in His Word to protect and keep His children, to provide for them, and to be with them in times of trouble. Some of His promises are universal, such as, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”13 Others were originally made to certain individuals or groups of people, but we can apply the spiritual principles to our own similar situations and ask God to intervene on our behalf, as He has in the lives of others.

As you study God’s Word, you will become familiar with His promises and you will learn to claim them in your prayers. When you do that, it shows you have faith in His Word.

More love. It is difficult to follow Christ’s injunction to “love your neighbor as yourself”14 when your “neighbors”—those you interact with on a regular basis—are sometimes the most difficult people to get along with, much less love. Where do you find the “Christian grace” to overlook the overbearing boss, the jealous coworker, the noisy partyers next door, or worse? How do you learn to love as Jesus loved? As you draw close to God through His Word, His Holy Spirit will help you to be more understanding, compassionate, and tolerant toward others.15

1. Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3
2. Job 23:12
3. Psalm 119:103
4. 1 Peter 2:2
5. John 8:31–32
6. See Romans 10:17.
7. See 1 Peter 2:2.
8. John 15:10–11
9. Job 22:21
10. See Psalm 119:105.
11. Romans 12:2
12. Romans 15:4
13. Joel 2:32; Romans 10:13
14. Matthew 22:39
15. See Galatians 5:22–23.

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