It happened again!! What happen again? Well, let me explain it this way. Read through the following truths and exhortations first.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matthew 11:1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
2 Timothy 2:1-2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
There are many, many great reasons why we should read God’s Word every day. (Read through Psalm 119 for starters.) But the one I want to mention obviously comes out of the passages listed above. You read the Bible so you can have something to say! Many are the times I have read a passage in the morning and while reading the Lord “taps me on the shoulder” and calls my attention to a certain truth in Scripture. Then, in the succeeding moments or later on in the day, a situation arises in conversation with someone who is seeking counsel, encouragement, comfort, or direction, and the Lord brings that “light bulb” passage back to mind. It is then and there that I have something to say; something that is powerful, true, life-changing, and Christ-exalting; something of eternal value to share!
It happened yesterday afternoon while discipling a young husband/father that the Nehemiah 4 passage I had read earlier in the morning was exactly what this man needed to hear. It helped him “connect the dots” and be encouraged! I, too, needed the truths from Nehemiah 4, but so did this young man, and how exciting for the Lord to led me to read that chapter in the morning for my friend’s instruction in righteousness later on in the day. You see, you cannot take someone where you have not been before. If you are not in the Word, you cannot share the Word. You are left to your human, temporal, short-sighted viewpoint.
Why should you read and study the Word of God? So you can disciple, exhort, and teach like Christ . . . so you can have something to say!
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.