Just give the Bible a try

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 18, 2018


Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33

The Bible is the revelation of God given to humanity so we can walk in the will of God. Most people struggle to understand the Bible because of the different types of literary genres it contains. Many people reject it because they don’t think it makes sense since it includes information that dates back to the beginning of time. Yet those who read it acquire wisdom to live more purposeful life, they find the strength to overcome the vicissitudes of life, and they see hope in times of hardships.

A person does not have to believe in God to read the Bible. However, most people who read the Bible have an encounter with God, and they develop a relationship with God. The Bible is an acronym for “Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.” Those instructions are available to any and every one. Those of us who live according to the word of God need to encourage our friends and loved ones to read the Bible whether they are Christians or not. We should send them Bible verses as texts and emails so they can read. As well, we need to saturate our conversations with Bible verses so people can see how the Bible can be applied in real life dynamics. And we should model a Christ-centered life so they can see evidence of a Bible-based life.

In today’s text, Moses reminds the Israelites they should walk in obedience to all that the Lord their God has commanded them, so that they may live and prosper and prolong their days in the land that they will possess. When a person becomes a Christian, they make a covenant with God that they will trust and obey him. The Bible equips believers with the knowledge, wisdom, aptitude, and determination to honor our covenantal agreement with God.

When we read the Bible, it reminds us of who God is and who we are in God. According to research conducted in the US, religious people live longer than those who are not. The research also indicates that people who go to church regularly are reported to have more robust immune systems, lower blood pressure, and better recovery times from operations. The suicide rate among Christians is lower as well as the depression rate.

Something mystical happens when one reads the Bible. They become open to the Spirit of God, and they begin to develop a more dynamic perspective about their life’s purpose. The word of God helps to shape the way the mind thinks, and it conditions the way we treat other people. The word of God purifies our emotions so that we do not respond to the vicissitudes of life as others do. Then we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds so we can live with joy no matter our circumstance.

If you are a non-believer, may I recommend you give the Bible a try! If you do, you may find answers to the questions that have been vexing you. At the very least, you will learn the principles that will help you to have real joy, everlasting peace, unwavering strength, spiritual courage, and compassion for others.

To the believers, I say read don’t just read your Bible daily, memorize it, obey its instructions, and apply its principles. The Bible will help you to know your purpose and to understand God’s plan for your life. The more you obey its instructions, the more we will please God. And if a person’s way is pleasing to God, he will give them the desires of their heart (Proverbs 16:7).

Prayer- Thank you Lord for the gift of your word! Please help us to be more diligent in reading and obeying its instructions, and encourage non-believers to read it as
well.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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