August 28, 2016

Sunday
1 Peter 1:13-25   The Relationship App

“It is written!” is a statement that carries great authority for the believer. Our Lord used the Word of God to defeat Satan, and so may we (Matthew 4:1-11 and Ephesians 6:17). But the Word of God is not only a sword for battle, it is also a light to guide us in this dark world (Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 1:19), food that strengthens us (Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2), and water that washes us (Ephesians 5:25-27).

The Word of God has a sanctifying ministry in the lives of dedicated believers (John 17:17). Those who delight in God’s Word, meditate on it, and seek to obey it will experience God’s direction and blessing in their lives (Psalm 1:1-3). The Word reveals God’s mind, so we should learn it; God’s heart, so we should love it; God’s will, so we should live it. Our whole being—mind, will, and heart—should be controlled by the Word of God.

The first step toward keeping clean in a filthy world is to ask, “What does the Bible say?” In the Scriptures, we will find precepts, principles, promises, and persons to guide us in today’s decisions. If we are really willing to obey God, he will show us his truth (John 7:17). While God’s methods of working may change from age to age, his character remains the same. His spiritual principles never vary. We do not study the Bible just to get to know the Bible. We study the Bible that we might get to know God intimately and develop an eternal relationship with him.