Lesson 4 Follow-up
"WHAT DEFENSE DO I HAVE?"
Follow-up Memory Verse: II Timothy 2:15
In a family when a child is born, he starts out as a baby and grows over a period of time into a mature adulthood. So it is in the spiritual realm. When you became a Christian you were born into God's family as a babe and now God wants you to grow into spiritual maturity. As a new baby require nourishment to grow, so it is with us. We need spiritual nourishment to grow and this comes to us through the Word of God (I Peter 2:2). It is our spiritual food. If we go for a long time without eating we become physically weak. If we go a long time without spiritual food, we will grow weak spiritually. As we grow spiritually and become more familiar with the Word of God, we come to know the Lord better as well as His will, which is revealed in His Word (II Tim. 3:15, 16). We learn the things that God desires us to do and also these things that are contrary to His will. This will help us to avoid sin (Psalms 119:11). If we fail to read God's Word, we will know little of God and His will.
Memorizing the Bible will also help us to gain victory over sin, As we hide God's Word in our hearts, we will not fall into sin so easily for we will know what God says and desires. We will be able to do as Christ did when He was tempted by Satan, i.e., He quotes scripture (Matt. 4:1-11). As we discussed in our previous lessons it will be good for you to start a regular program of memorizing scripture. After memorizing some of the verses from this course, begin memorizing other verses you feel are important or are meaningful to you. You may want to put them on a 2x2 card and carry them with you. A program of about 2-3 verses a week with regular review will probably be about right. If you feel you can do more, wonderful. Once you start, stick with it. You'll be happy that you did when you look back and realize how many verses you've memorized. As you read, study, and memorize God's Word, you will find satisfaction and joy. David said in the Bible, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth," Psalm 119:103. Jeremiah said in the Bible, "Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart," Jeremiah 15:16. When coming to God's Word, always come with an attitude of expectancy, looking for and expecting a blessing. You will find that the Bible gives satisfaction, joy, guidance, comfort, encouragement, etc. (Psalms 119:105). Robert C. Lee said of the Bible "In all my perplexities and distresses the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength."
The only way we can experience satisfaction, joy, guidance, comfort, encouragement, etc., is by spending time in God's Word. II Timothy 2:15 tells us to study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." We are also told in, Col. 3:16 to "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." A good way to do this is to have a time set aside each day, preferably in the morning when you're more alert, to read God's Word and have a time of prayer with your Heavenly Father. This "quiet time" may be a half hour or just fifteen minutes. The most important thing in starting out is to be regular. You can be sure Satan will do all he can to interfere with your quiet time by bringing in interruptions of every kind, for he doesn't want you spending this time with the Lord in His Word. Stick with it so that Satan cannot say he has won the victory.
I would suggest reading the whole book in order rather than skipping around in various chapters in your Bible reading. This will allow you to see the Book your reading as a whole and will prove a more meaningful continuity of the history working of God leading to day's responsibility and help. Romans chapters 1-16, will be the best book to begin reading and I would suggest reading it through twice and then going on to finish the New Testament. Other books besides the Bible can be helpful to your study as you read such as a concordance and a Bible dictionary, (giving understand to words you're not familiar with and where to find specific help).
It will be helpful to understand where we are living in connection to God's working in the world today that why it is important to understand the dispensations or administration of God in your study of the Scriptures so starting with the book of Acts give the historical event leading to today program of God and the next 13 books through the Book of Hebrews will give and teach today universal principles for our walk and ministry God has given for today's believer. After that you might like to start reading at the beginning of both the Old and New Testaments and read one or more chapters, thereby working your way through the entire Bible.
Begin your quiet time with prayer for God's enlightenment as you read His Word (Psalm 119:18). Underline verses that hold special meaning for you. After you have finished reading, ask yourself these questions: (1) What did the passage say? (2) How can I apply what I have read to my life?
Writing the answers to these questions down in a notebook will prove helpful and it will be a permanent record. Then, meditate throughout the day on the passage you have read. This, too, will help it become a part of your life (Psalms 119:97). Determine now to make this quiet time a daily habit in your life. It will not be enough, however, to simply read and study the Word of God. We must also obey it. As we do so, blessing results (James 1:22-25).
The Word of God, then, plays a very important part in our life. It gives us victory over Satan and sin as well as causing us to grow spiritually. These are a very necessary part of our Christian life. Be sure that God's Word holds a prominent place in your life.
Find the answers in the above reading and the scriptures found in the follow-up lesson.
3. What four things does II Tim. 3:15, 16, tell us that the Word of God is useful or profitable for?
4. Why should we read, study and memorize the Bible (Ps. 119:18, 97, 103, 105)?
5. What effect did God's Word have on Jeremiah 15:16?
6. What can the Word of God be to us according to, Psalms 119:105?
7. How does, II Timothy 2:15 tell us we can be approved by God?
8. What are we to do with the Word of God according to Col. 3:16?
9. What is a good way to fulfill the answer to 7 and 8?
10. In Psalms 119:97 a suggestion is made as to what we can do with Gods Word throughout the day, what is it?
11. In addition to reading, studying and memorizing the Word of God, what else should we do with it that is most important?
12. What does 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, say about those who try to learn God and life without His Word in your own words?
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