It hit me the other day, we do have an instruction manual, and it covers everything a Christian needs!
The Bible, the inspired living Word of God, God's Holy Word!
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:1 John 2:27
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.Look at that.
The Word of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, and whats more, God has provided us the Holy Spirit to teach us. We as Christians, have our own personal teacher. All we have to do is read our Bible and the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and provide remembrance and comfort as we need it.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.Why?
So that Christians (the men and women of God) may be perfect, and able to provide all good works. We are changed creatures, made new again.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.We need to read our Bible, live in God's Word everyday so that we may prepare, and strengthen ourselves for a life set apart from the world, yet living in the world. That we can be a beacon, a light to the world, drawing and reconciling the unsaved to God.
We do battle with the evil in the world everyday, and God wants us to be prepared and ready, God gives us everything we need, contained in His Word, the Bible, imparted by his teacher, and comforter the Holy Spirit.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Hebrews 4:12
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.God's word provides the way and means to discern righteousness, what is spiritually correct from evil and worldly. Reading the Bible is what makes the Christian successful in both mortal and spiritual life.
I can tell you, reading your Bible every day, spending time in God's word, it changes you, it tunes you, it makes you want more, to be more, to live for God.
You can not spend time with God and not be changed!
I challenge my Brothers and Sisters in Christ to read the Bible, set a goal of reading through the Bible over the next year. It only takes about 15 minutes a day.
Spend one month reading the Bible everyday, and you will never stop. You will be changed and amazed by what God has in store for you!
This is a great online resource for reading the Bible through in one year: (I use it every day)
The Gideons provide a Bible App that contains sections and verses for helps in the time of need, help with life's problems, and Christian character for Godly living in today's world, as well as the plan of Salvation. This Bible App will even read itself to you!
God's Word provides Christians the manual for life, how to love God, pray, manage your household, how to love your spouse, how to raise your children, how to love your neighbors, how to love your brothers and sisters, how to manage money, how to bring others to the loving and saving knowledge of Christ. It is our sword against evil.
God's Word is our all...
It is God's love to us.
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;