Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
Psalm 119:11-12 (King James Version)
All of us, at one time or another, have stumbled in our faith walk and yielded to temptation. It was after one of those stumbles that I sought the wisdom of the Lord. I asked Him why it was that I kept falling into the same sin over and over again.
In my prayer, the Almighty showed in me a trend that resulted in my frequent fall into sin. It was when I was not consistent in my study of God’s word that I became more vulnerable to temptation and giving in to it. Why should it matter that I read my Bible or not? Aren’t I already saved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ?
It is true that God’s grace had freed me from the bonds of sin. However, I still live in a body that is prone to go to sin. In order to overcome this handicap, my spirit (who is for God) must be supplied with spiritual strength in order to subdue the sin in my flesh. That power originates from the One who gave me life, the Lord God.
How do I acquire the strength of the Almighty? The answer can be found in Psalm 119:11-12. God has given me, and indeed to all who believe in Him, a conduit in which to draw spiritual power to resist temptation: His Holy Bible.
When we read His Word, we posses the means to combat all sin. Now when I say read the Bible, I am not talking about a five minute speed read of a few verses. Such an activity provides no spiritual nourishment.
In order to feel the full effect of God’s Word, it is essential to let it sink into your heart and your soul. This can be done if you spend at least 15-20 minutes minimum, slowly reading the Scriptures, taking in every phrase and every sentence, and discerning what it is that God wants you to know. For such meditation, I recommend bringing a journal, recording your thoughts as you read.
Now you might say that you are too busy to read the Bible like that everyday. I understand that, so when you are first starting out, try reading the Scriptures at least two days a week. As you progress in your studies, add a day so eventually you would meditating on the Bible everyday. The more you do it, the more you enjoy, for reading God’s Word has a power that invigorates the soul.
If you are tired of falling into the same sin over and over again, filling yourself with the Bible is the only solution. There is no quick fix. To overcome the sin in our flesh requires a long process of removing the old in us and replacing it with the new which is in Christ. The good news is that we are not alone in this process. The Holy Spirit, who entered us the moment we believed, will be there to help us and when we follow His lead and read the Scriptures, we will be victorious over sin