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The Bible: Study God's Word

II Timothy 2:15:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are to study to get God’s approval. There are times when we try to get the approval of a certain person whether it is a teacher, a friend, a parent or someone else. We may or may not know the right things to do to get them to approve of us and even if we do they may still decide NOT to give their approval.

God’s Word makes it very clear that to get His approval we need to study His Word, the Bible. This word “study” comes from the Greek word spoudazo and it means to be diligent. We are to get busy studying God’s Word. Honestly going to God’s Word with diligence and determination is something of which God approves. Other people may think it is silly, but not God.

Just like it takes work to get better at a sport or playing a musical instrument it takes work to get better at understanding the Bible. Here are some other interesting verses to consider.

Proverbs 2:1-5:
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

Taking the time to learn what God’s Word says is a good thing to do. If we “hide” His commandments and “apply” our hearts to understand then we will grow in our understanding of God and His Word. We are to go to God’s Word realizing that God knows what is right and He has given us instructions to help us in our lives.

James 1:21:
Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

There was a time when Jesus Christ was being tempted by the devil to do things that were not right. Instead of doing what the devil wanted him to do (which would have been disobeying God) Jesus Christ told him this next verse.

Matthew 4:4:
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

After looking at just these few verses we can see how important it is for us to diligently go to God’s Word expecting to receive answers and expecting to find the knowledge of God.

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