Topic :The Word Habit
It is impossible to develop the God habit if we don’t have the Word habit.
God and His Word are always connected. Jesus is the Word made flesh who came to dwell among us. And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human,Incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory… John 1:14
We cannot know God apart from His Word, so we must be committed to studying it, meditating on it, and making it the
basis of all that we do. God’s Word is truth and it shows us the way we are to live.
Psalm 119 contains 176 verses that all
teach us the vital importance of hearing, meditating on, loving, receiving, and obeying God’s Word.
Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
This I have had [as the gift of Your grace and as my
reward]: that I have kept Your precepts [hearing,
receiving, loving, and obeying them].
Oh, how love I Your law! It is my meditation all the
Studying God’s Word can become a habit in the same way that we form all other good habits. We begin with some effort
and keep at it until doing it becomes a regular habit in our life.
It develops into something that is done habitually with little or no effort. You might begin with a commitment to read God’s
Word (the Bible) fifteen minutes each day. Do that for two weeks and then increase it a couple of minutes each week until
you reach your desired goal. After a while you will not need to have a set amount of time that you are committed to because
you will probably have to discipline yourself to stop reading so you can tend to other things.
I also suggest that you keep a journal or computer with you, and as you read or after you are finished, make a note of
the thing or things you feel you learned through your reading. This helps us to retain the knowledge we have received. You can benefit even more if you think about (meditate on) what you have learned throughout the day, or talk to someone else
about it. You can also speak what you have learned out loud during times when you are alone just to help you deepen your
awareness and remembrance of it.
With my lips have I declared and recounted all the
ordinances of Your mouth.
Start with portions of the Bible that you can readily understand. Most people feel that the New Testament is easier to understand than some portions of the Old Testament.
Frequently the Gospel of John is suggested as a good place to begin.Psalms and Proverbs are also very practical and easily understood so they are also a good place to begin. Eventually
you can progress to being able to read and understand all of God’s Word.
Through knowledge of God’s Word you will learn to know Him. You will learn His character and ways, and you will learn
how much He loves you and what wonderful plan He has for your life.
Once you have God’s Word deeply implanted in your heart, it will give you direction when you find yourself in
situations where wisdom is needed.
I attended church and believed that Christ was my Savior for many years before I became committed to diligently
studying God’s Word. I can honestly say that during those years I had very little if any spiritual growth. I was generally
unhappy, frustrated, and did not display behavior that would be proper for someone calling themselves a Christian. God’s
Word is our spiritual food and without it we cannot grow and become strong in Him.
Start now developing the Word habit and let it be one of the most important parts of your God habit!