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LOVE IS GOD’S WORD               Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
 
For some people, the Bible seems just too big to understand. It’s like an an impossible challenge. They don’t know where or how to begin. But as a Christian, you’re not left alone to try grasping the major themes and deep meanings of the Bible.
 
The Holy Spirit, who now lives in your heart by way of salvation, is an illuminator of truth. “For the Spirit searches all things, even the depth of God” (I Corinthians 2:10). And because of His internal lamp, the Scriptures are now yours to read, absorb, comprehend, and live by. But first, you’ve got to commit to do it.
 
BE IN IT. If this is not already a habit of yours, now is the time to begin reading a portion of the Bible everyday. Ideally, read it together as husband and wife – in the morning, perhaps or before bed. Be like the writer of Psalm 119, who could say, “With all my heart I have sought You…Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:10-11) Those who practice a consistent pattern of reading the Bible soon discover it to be “more desirable than gold, yes than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10)

STAY UNDER IT. You’re right, the Bible can be deep and challenging. That’s why it’s so important to be part of a church where the Word faithfully taught and preached. By hearing it explained in sermons and Bible study classes, You’ll get a broader, more balanced view of what God is saying through His Word. You’ll also get to join with others who are on the same journey you are, wanting to be fed by the truths of Scripture. “Continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them” (2 Timothy 3:14).
 
LIVE IT. Unlike most other books, which are only designed to be read and digested, the Bible is a living book. It lives because the Holy Spirit still resonates within its Words. It lives because unlike the ancient writers of other religions, its Author is still alive. And it lives because it becomes a part of who you are, how you think, and what you do. “Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers” (James 1:22).
 
Wise couples build their houses on the rock of God’s Word. They have seen what sand can do. They know how it feels when their footing get soft and the foundation give away. That is why you must determine to build your life and marriage on the solid rock of the Bible, and then you can plan on a stronger future, no matter how bad the storms get.