In the life of a Christian, growth is vital. Either we are growing, or we are falling backward, or backsliding. We must always keep growing towards the Lord Jesus or the devil will win the victory in our lives. The devil will do everything he can to stop a Christian from growing in the Lord because he knows what kind of power the growing Christian possesses. There are three main ways for the Christian to be a growing Christian, and in this blog today, we will look at the first way. First, we need to start with the Word of God. The Bible has many names: Word of God, the Scriptures, the Book, the Sword of the Spirit, to name just a few. Try to find as many as possible names that God calls His own Word throughout the Bible. You will find many of them in the book of Psalms alone. The Word of God is a very important aid that God Himself has given to the Christian. When we read it, the Words of God flow through our very beings. God has given us the Bible as a way of fighting off the devil. The Lord Jesus used the Word of God to fight off the devil when He was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4). Whenever the devil attacks us, we should simply quote the Word of God to fight off the temptation. Other uses of the Bible include: it helps us when we are feeling down, it shows us the right way of living, it teaches us about the way of salvation, it show us about our sins, it teaches us the doctrines of God, and it tells us about our future home in a place called heaven, if we are saved. We must understand that this is not just a book about God, but rather a book with God speaking to us. These are His very own Words. There are four things we need to be doing with the Word of God: read it, believe it, memorize it, and obey it. Make it a habit in your life to be in the Word of God, and you will never fall away from the Lord. Just remember that the devil will do all that he can to keep you away from the Word of God, so keep your guard up. See all that God has for you, spend time in the Word.
Dr. Ken Scoggins