Martin Luther once said, “Nothing is more perilous than to be weary of the Word of God. Thinking he knows enough, a person begins little by little to despise the Word until he has lost Christ and the gospel altogether.”
So many believers are not longer living by the Word of God. Of course, some never did as they held to an outward form of our religion and really never did experience the power of our faith and the power of the Word to transform lives. However, of those who once read and studied the Word many have moved away from this daily discipline. They have done this for a variety of reasons – they are busy, life has crashed in on them, they are bored, it no longer speaks to them, they are disillusioned, there is simply no life in their devotional time with God….the list goes on. But, no matter the reason – it is simply seriously dangerous to lose the disciple of daily Bible study and reading.
The Bible states that it was written by God the Father, inspired by the Holy Spirit and that the Word is powerful for changing lives. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that the Scriptures were given and is profitable that the person of God many be complete and equipped. “Complete” here means to become more like Jesus. That means to be developing His character, growing in the fruit of the Spirit, learning to be gentle and loving with everyone. “Equipped” means to be trained to do what Jesus did (John 14:12) and thus continue His ministry of “seeking and saving the lost.” (Luke 19:10) To be out of the Word on a daily basis short-circuits both of these purposes and all of their benefits.
Then you become a believer who no longer is connected to God’s Word – your daily spiritual bread (Matthew 4:4) and your spirit person on the inside slowly but surely starves to death. The result – what was once alive is dead. The Word of God that was once alive to you is now simply print on a page. Your ability to discern truth from falsehood – and thus error – slowly ebbs away as discernment is based on a living and working knowledge of the Word. And, your spirit which was once alive also dies as you are no longer in a relationship with Jesus. At the end of the process you are simply no longer born again but are, once again, well on your way to hell.
However, most Christians do not think this through and even though they are not walking in the Word and thus lack discernment they really believe they are still okay and things are good. This is called self-deception. This is dangerous.
The basis of our Christian faith is a relationship with God. To have a healthy relationship we need to hear His voice. The primary way He still speaks today is through His Word. If you are not reading you are not hearing…and will soon find yourself on the outside looking in and just holding to the outward form of the religion but never walking in power. This is a sad situation but many find themselves in it. It is time for a change!