Would you like to begin and end the week blessed? Do I know the book for you!
Some who know me personally think this is where I introduce you to my daughter’s recently released book, Faith’s Journey, by Heather Greer, available through Amazon. They would be right and wrong. I did introduce it but it’s not the book I’m going to review, at least, not today. I’m sure if you read it, you will be blessed but I can promise you’ll be blessed by reading and heeding the book in my first review.
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28. John writes in Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
I’m not going to include all 176 verses of Psalm 119 but David begins the Psalm with these words: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” David then continues to list many of the benefits of the word of God. We’ll probably look at some throughout the week.
Many books we read touch our lives in special ways. But the word of God when read, believed and heeded guarantees to change our lives and bring us blessing.
Because it is:
- Divinely inspired: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works…For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Tim. 3:1617; 2Pet. 1:21).
- True and Sanctifying: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth… And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth …Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that is should be holy and without blemish. (John 17:17,19;Eph. 5:25-27).
- A guide for living: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path…Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (Ps. 119:105; John 16:13).
- The source of wisdom, understanding and salvation: “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies…Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way… And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (Ps. 119:98,104; 2Tim. 3:15).
- The source of joy: “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jer. 15:16.
This is the short review. The Bible is filled with the accounts of men and women who have embraced God’s word and walked with our extraordinary God ever growing in His grace and knowledge. His book is the main source of knowing Him. I encourage you to spend time reading and studying His word for nowhere else can you find the words of life, eternal life, the blessed life.
“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” John 6:68.
What verse or book of the bible do you go to the most?