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

There’s an inseparable connection between faith and God’s Word. We see this underscored for us in the passage above from the Book of Romans. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”(Romans 10:17). Apart from the Bible, our faith would be very unfocused. Our belief in God and spiritual matters would be random and would vary from opinion to opinion.

In fact, if you want to see an example of this, all you have to do is spend some time with someone who claims to be “spiritual” but who doesn’t have a firm grasp of God’s Word. They may have faith, but their faith is going to be a shallow faith because it’s founded on ideas and beliefs that just aren’t grounded to the source (Our Lord). As sincere as they might be, they are sincerely wrong, and what they believe isn’t going to stand the test of time.

That’s why it’s absolutely critical for our faith to be grounded in the Word of God. If we deviate from what God has written down for us, it won’t take very long before we find ourselves misdirected in our life’s journey. Our opinions and traditions will determine what we believe, but in the end we will come to discover that the only things worth putting our faith in are the truths that come to us by God’s Word.

And because of the life relevance of Bible reading, we answer the why question of the desire to study the Bible in our life’s journey. “Why waste your time with your nose in a book? Get out there and do something for God!” In fact, it’s the study of Scripture that focuses our faith onto something that’s genuine and has impact for God’s Kingdom. Blessings and love always!

For His Kingdom,
Pastor James

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