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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

All scripture is God-breathed....

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All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work  - 2 Timothy 3:16 -17.

As citizens of God's Kingdom, the bible remains the manual that we resort to for instructions, wisdom and the guidelines on how we should live in other for our life to have the right balance and perspective that our creator intended it to have. The bible is the final arbiter with regards to conflicts, issues, disputes and clarity of purpose in the life

of all believers both at the communal and personal level of their existence.

Why do we resort to the bible for inspiration and guidance? Well we do so for the simple reasons which Paul in his letter to Timothy helps us to understand that;

All scripture is God-breathed

The attitude of every believer to the word of God as contained in the bible should therefore be 'God said it; I believe it, that settles it'.

What this means to the believer is as follows;

  • That the contents of the bible which consist of 66 books written by several authors were all God inspired. These books consist of instructions, stories, guidelines and commandments, all inspired by God.
  • They have been carefully written and handed down to us and are to be put to use for our own good. They are meant to be put to use for our own good and benefits. They were handed to us, God inspired these words for our own benefits.
  • We are equipped to live as citizens of the kingdom through the knowledge and the instructions that the bible reveals to us. Without these instructions we are robbed of the information that we truly need to prosper in the kingdom and we are denied of the knowledge of the One who rules over it.

You see the bible holds God inspired words for us, words which equips us with insight and the wisdom that is so much needed to handle everyday life situation and circumstances. And when I say life situations, I mean everyday situation and conditions that life may conjure and throw at us. These consist of both the situation and challenges that we think we can easily handle as well as the ones we struggle and buckle under because of the strain it imposes upon us and our inability to cope with them.

We get the insight, the understanding as well as foresight from the God inspired oracle contained in the bible.

As a matter of fact, the book of Psalms chapter 1 tells of the assured blessings that are the lot of the man who made the informed choice to study and meditate daily upon the word of God. Such a man is compared to the tree that is planted by the river, the benefits of being planted so close to the river (which the word represents) is revealed to us thus;

He shall be like a tree, Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper - Psalm 1:3

To begin with, our relationship with God through the mediator Jesus Christ is based on faith, without it we can never know him nor understand his ways. It is impossible the scripture tells us to please him without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith we definitely cannot inherit God's promises for us (Hebrews 11), in fact - 'the just shall live by faith' - further declares the scripture. But the problem is that, no one can come into this faith without the inspired word of God, for as the scripture says;

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17.

The journey into any form of meaningful relationship with God begins with the studying of his revealed will as revealed to us through his words. And we continue our growth into him as we continue to study his laws, his instructions and his precepts which have been given to us for our own benefits to guide us into the heart of his will and purpose. This is the very essence of intimacy with God, upon which true fellowship and worship is established.

What are the benefits of the word to me you may ask? Well the Psalmist gave us some insights as to the benefits of the word to him and we see this from a couple of quotes from the scripture.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. - Psalm 119: 105.

The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. - Psalm 119:130.

Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.  - Psalm 119:165.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12.

As citizens of the kingdom our life is incomplete without the insights which the revealed word of God freely makes available to us, and it does so to arm us not only to live and thrive in the kingdom, but also to keep us and protect us even as we conduct ourselves in the world at large. The only cost to us, is that we need to set aside the time to study and meditate upon them, that we might be careful to do what it instructs.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.-Joshua 1:8.

This was the instruction that was given to Joshua and it comes with a blessing. The same instruction must be adhered to by every citizen of God's kingdom; same applies to all the citizens of God's kingdom. We are not excused from this commandment; we must have the same attitude to the word as Joshua was instructed to have.

As citizens of God's Kingdom we are baldy exposed without the wisdom that the inspired word of God gives to us. As a matter of fact, we cannot claim to have any faith without the word richly and deeply embedded in us, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, the scriptures informs (Roman 10:17). As believers and the citizens of God's kingdom, regenerated in our spirit, the food that our born again spirit thrive upon is the word of God. Our born again spirit will starve to death without the inspired and revealed word of God to nourish it.

Apart from providing us with the insights and the knowledge of God, the word also provides us with the moral compass to help direct the ship of our life, the word equips us with the tools needed for correction or to rebuke us when we stray, equipping us in the process with the sense of discernment to know what is right from what is wrong. The word provides us with moral and spiritual guidelines that help give meaning as well as direction to our lives.

I want you to know that without the word, our lives would be like a rudderless ship that is cast adrift and lost in a vast ocean, and pretty much at the mercy of the elements. I also want you to know that this is not the sort of life God had in mind when he brought us forth, this was neither the sort of life he sent his son redeem us into, if it were so then there would be no point in him asking us to render an account of what we have done with it. If our life was meant to be without purpose, then he would not be a judge because there would be no reason to judge a purposeless life. But we know that the righteous Judge of the world has set a date that all of mankind would come before the judgement seat and we would each be judged based on what we have done with the inspired word of God.

It would be a tragedy for anyone who is a citizen of the kingdom to miss out because they do not give the word the right priority and perspective in their life. As believers, we do not live by food alone but by every word that proceeds from and is inspired by the one who rules the kingdom, for that is the standard demanded from every citizen of God's kingdom.