I was talking with a friend a while ago about how I'd been spending a lot of time reading books about the Bible, but less time reading the Bible itself. The spaces between my personal reflections on Scripture were growing wider. I still felt like I was growing and learning, but deep down, I knew I was missing something...
Did you know that just like with our physical body, what we feed on spiritually matters greatly in determining our health? The body needs good nutrition daily, and our spirit does too. You may have eaten a big meal yesterday or the day before, but after a while, your body will tell you that it's empty, and it's time to fuel up again. We need a good, consistent diet that will replenish the energy we use up each day.
Spiritually, we also need daily bread and living water. We have to be in God's Word regularly and continually receive fresh manna from heaven, which is Jesus! The Bible is one of our greatest sources of spiritual food. But sometimes we still fill up on junk food. Blogs, social media, news, TV shows, books, and games. These things aren't bad in themselves, but when they're the only sources of perspective, information, and insight you consume, something is missing.
When I feed on the Word, my spiritual nutrients are coming from the very Son of God. Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven. When I spend time reading the Word, I am in reality partaking of Him and it soon becomes clear that yesterday's manna won't suffice for today's living bread.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God... that's how faith grows! It restores us, transforms us and makes us brand new.
Without this, I cannot grow strong spiritually. God's Word is what equips me to fight the enemy. Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) tells us, "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Faith comes by hearing God's voice through the pages of His Word. All Scripture is breathed by God, in 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness"...Every Scripture we read is alive and dividing truth from lies!