Monday, October 6, 2014

The Word Transforms

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I’m often asked what my favorite Bible translation is. My most common response is, “The one you are living out!” One of my Bible College professors was fond of saying, “God didn’t give us the Bible merely for information, but, rather, for transformation.” I think he got that from D. L. Moody, a famous pastor from the 19th century, who said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge; the Bible was given to change our lives.” James must have had that in mind when he wrote, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” [James 1:22 - NIV]

The purpose of Scripture is to transform us—to turn our beliefs into behavior. That’s why Paul told Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.” [2 Timothy 3:16-17 - NLT-SE] 

The Bible calls itself many things: a hammer, a two-edged sword, milk, bread, meat, and more. I’d like to add one more description to the list: a human repair manual. 

Do you need transformation? Are there areas in your life that you feel powerless to change? If your answer is, “Yes,” then make the Word of God a regular part of your life. And when you do, be ready for the impossible!

The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63

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