TTHE WORD OF GOD IS THE MOST POW­ER­FUL TRUTH ON EARTH.— Words that con­tain the very spirit and life of God Him­self.1 The Word is the spir­i­tual spark of God that ig­nites us with His life, light, and power. Read­ing, ab­sorb­ing, and fol­low­ing God's Word is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to build your re­la­tion­ship with Him. It's what keeps you in tune with God and helps you to keep go­ing God's way. When you lis­ten to God and His Word and obey His truth, you'll be happy and fruit­ful.2

Je­sus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”3 His Word is the very life of God. That's what gives us spir­i­tual life, food, nour­ish­ment, strength, and health. This is why a good whole­some balanced diet of His Word is es­sen­tial if you wish to grow and stay close to Him.

Je­sus Him­self is called “The Word” in the Bi­ble.4 Je­sus is the Word, the Spirit and the life, and you need to have a dose of Him ev­ery day, a good feed­ing and feast­ing and drink­ing, if you're go­ing to grow and stay healthy spir­i­tu­ally. Just as you have to eat in or­der to have phys­i­cal strength, you have to feed and drink from God's Word to have spir­i­tual strength.

“As newborn babes, de­sire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”5 When you're spir­i­tu­ally weak, it's of­ten be­cause you haven't re­ally feasted on, been filled up with, and been strength­ened by the good, whole­some, nour­ish­ing, en­cour­ag­ing and feed­ing truth of God's Word. You can't get so busy with other things that you ne­glect your in­spi­ra­tion, the spir­i­tual food and nour­ish­ment that you need from the Word. There are times when I would have re­ally got­ten dis­cour­aged if I had not drunk deeply of God's Word.

If you sin­cerely seek God as you read His Word, He will speak to you through it. And the more dearly you be­gin to love His Word and the

more you study it and feed from it, the more you will grow spir­i­tu­ally and the more you will find that God can speak to you clearly and di­rectly through His writ­ten Word.

When the Holy Spirit quick­ens a pas­sage of the Bi­ble or verse to you, ap­ply­ing it to your own per­sonal sit­u­a­tion, it brings the Word to life. The Lord will bring His Word to life and speak to you per­son­ally, giv­ing you direc­tion for your prob­lems and an­swers to your prayers, as you read His Word. When He helps you ap­ply it to a sit­u­a­tion, it sud­denly be­comes alive. The Bi­ble isn't mere words any­more, or words that just run through your head, but it reaches your heart and you re­ally get the point. “The teach­ing of your word gives light, so even the sim­ple can un­der­stand.” 6

The prophet Jeremiah said, “When your words turned up, I feasted on them; and they be­came my joy, the de­light of my heart.” 7 Job said, “I have trea­sured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” 8

Je­sus said, “There is only one thing worth be­ing con­cerned about. Mary has dis­cov­ered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”9 What is the “one thing” that Mary chose? She sat at Je­sus' feet and lis­tened to His words. Rest­ing in the Lord and sit­ting at His feet and hear­ing from Him and His Word is so nec­es­sary. God's Word is just that im­por­tant.

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