People of God, when the leaders of the church in around 300AD decided that the state religion of Rome would be Christianity, they took the Bible out of the hands of the people. This began the trend we now today call Biblical illiteracy. Then in the 1500’s Luther nailed his 95 thesis to Whitenberg’s door and Gutenberg press came out and started printing Bibles, so the word of God could be put in the hands of the people again. If I am not mistaken over 10,000 Bible were printed in that first go round of printing. The people were so excited to have the word of God in their hands, to read, for faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Imagine being able to excercise your faith everyday on your own, rather than having to wait until the next service so someone else could tell you the scriptures they like. The people were elated to own the word of God.
Now over 500 years later, the Bible has been taken for granted. What was once a treasured possession is now a book that rarely gets cracked open by those who claim to love Jesus, want to see miracles and who wonder why they have no authority. My fellow believers, if you do not love the word of God, read the word of God, hunger for the word of God, you will never become who your spirit man is crying out to become. Someone recently sent me a message and said a recent poll showed that 41% of believers do not read their bible. Another significant percent only read the word in church. You can’t have faith only on Sunday morning in church and expect to see a move of God. We must workout our faith everyday at home in the word, so when we come together corporately we don’t have to be coddled or corralled in order to worship, pray, and give.
My friends, the word of God is the only eternal book you will read. It builds you up in a way that makes you inside strong and only the word of God can do that. I was reading Proverbs 3 this morning and it said, “My Child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life: to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment. Don’t ever forget how they empower you. For they strengthen you inside and out and inspire you to do what’s right; you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring. They will give you living hope to guide you and not one of life’s test will cause you to stumble.” The Word of God is medicine, protein and vitamins that will keep you healthy all year long, but you must make consuming the word a priority. Grab your Bible and begin again, for it is a love letter that heals every cell in your body.