The Importance of Reading the Bible (Part 3)

In this blog post, we will be discussing the final aspect of why we as Christians, it’s important for us to read the Bible; particularly how by reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit will be able to convict us on what is contrary to God’s Word. In 1 Corinthians 5:7, the Apostle Paul is telling the people of Corinth of their sexual immorality and how they have sexual immorality within the church.

1 Corinthians 5:7

7. Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened…”

I like this verse because a little leaven has tremendous impact or influence on whatever it is in. Like a virus, if sin and by extension the false teachings continues to spread; it will destroy the person and lead them to their eternal death and sin demands drastic “surgery” because the longer it stays; the harder it is to remove.

As fallen human beings, sin is a part of who we are and as such, it is a virus and the ramifications of the sin we commit staying with us can cause us to not hear from the Holy Spirit. Since we as people and even as Christians continue to succumb to the sinful desires of this world, we oftentimes cannot hear the heeding of the Holy Spirit convicting our own and that is a problem because if we can’t feel the Holy Spirit convicting us; how then can we be set free from our bondage.

… if sin and by extension, the false teachings continues to spread; it will destroy the person and lead them to their eternal death.

5). Reading the Bible allows for the Holy Spirit to convict us.

Throughout the Bible, we as Christians see how the Holy Spirit convicts people through the prophets and later the Apostles, but in today’s society; do we as Christians know how the Holy Spirit convicts our spirit to help us overcome the flesh? Well, in my opinion, the way that the Holy Spirit convicts our spirit is through others or by reading the Word of God.

In Romans 6:12-13, the Apostle Paul is writing to the people of Rome about how Jesus Christ died for them, but how sin is still a problem for the human body and we are not to allow sin to reign over our bodies. As Christians, sin is a problem and if we allow our sin to reign over our bodies; we will begin to obey the lusts of our flesh and if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to convict us, we will continue to fall deeper and deeper into sin.

Romans 6:12-13 says, “12. Therefore do not let reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

The sin principle is still present and expresses itself as the mortal body, the body that is subject to death. We as Christians and as people should never use our hands to steal or tongues to lie… but as Christians, believers should present themselves to God and the parts of their bodies as instruments of righteousness.

Former pastor Billy Graham said, “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.

T.R. Noble of Inside Cup wrote a blog post entitled, “Her Name Was Wreck | Dream Experience (7)” and in her blog post, she said, “My name is Wreck,” she grinned more. She embodied longing of the flesh, and all senses of lust (not just sexual lust, remember lust relates to all senses. We lust for sin.)”

I like this quote because as T.R. said, “Wreck” embodies the longing of our flesh and it relates to all forms of lust and as Christians, it is important that we as Christians we read the Bible in order to combat or physical lust and the spiritual battles behind it. Also, in her blog post, T.R. Noble has several quotes that I feel we as Christians can remember when we are faced with sexual temptation and why it’s important that we read the Bible.

  • “… The desire pressed against you. It wanted to overwhelm you, and it wanted you to allow it to consume you, be part of it.”
    • “… It was either succumb to temptation or fight…
    • I’ve worked on self-control in my real life, making my own flesh (body and mind) obey what is of Christ, and not of this world.
  • We can be loyal to our sins. We can be loyal to the things we want to believe aren’t desensitizing us to the world and its darkness, especially in media, what we read, and other things we allow in our life.”
    • “But at some point or another, the image of a dog fades, and we see the truth of what our sin is, and what it has become…”
    • “… as we struggle through the waters, we want to save our own sin as well, even though it purposefully tries to kill us by overwhelming us.
  • “It doesn’t matter if we let sins wreck our lives and the lives of others. It only matters we fulfill our selfish pleasures. The lie of the sin, the blindness of our self-pleasure.”
  • The longer we stay with our sin, the harder it is to face our own temptation. To call out to God, our call feels blurry and disconnected. But it isn’t because God isn’t true to His word. It’s because WE made the connection the way it was. We damaged our relationship with Christ.
    • But the moment we find strength is HIS truth is the moment we can break ties with our sin and our temptation. FOR GOOD! God is a Refiner and the Potter. He can save us out of darkness, but we must not go back.”
  • God doesn’t tempt us, but He can use what we go through to teach us something.
    • Just because it is a dream doesn’t mean you should allow it to happen in your mind because that’s where seeds get planted and take root…

T.R. Noble said, “The longer we stay with our sin, the harder it is to face our own temptation. To call out to God, our call feels blurry and disconnected. But it isn’t because God isn’t true to His word. It’s because WE made the connection the way it was. We damaged our relationship with Christ.

I like these quotes by T.R. because for me, they really hit close to home in the fact that I continually try to go after the sin; even when it is drowning me which is why I try every day to read the Bible in order to know God’s Word and how to overcome the temptations. In my opinion, another reason why it’s important as Christians to read the Bible is that it allows the Holy Spirit to convict us on serving others. 

As the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:13, “13. For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” I love this verse because as Christians, even though Christ saved us from our sins, we should never use the sacrifice that Christ died for as an opportunity to give access for the flesh and as Paul points out that true Christian liberty is the freedom to serve one another in love.

Later, in verses 16 and 17 of Galatians, Paul is speaking on how we as Christians should walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh but Satan will try to give us a false narrative of the things of the flesh and how it can be “appealing” but it’s only to keep us bondage.

In Galatians 5:16-17, Paul writes to the church of Galatia saying, “16. I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and those are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

In her blog post entitled, “Revue: His Provision”, Lynn Abbotts of Through Ink and Image has a very good quote that really shows us how Satan can offer “genuine” comfort saying, “Of course, Satan offers no genuine comfort.  Instead, like the Terrible Trivium, he offers inadequate tools or cheap substitutes for God’s presence and guidance.  Such detours inevitably end in tedious wandering…”

The reason why it’s important for us as Christians to read the Bible is because when the Holy Spirit comes to convict us of the sins that are contrary to God’s Word, where or better yet, what is your mind like? Is your mind and heart filled with the carnal desires and things of this world? Or, Is your heart and mind filled with the things of God?

As Christians who live in a society that popularizes the desires of our flesh, we are constantly surrounded by temptations that can pull us away from God’s Word and in Ephesians 4:29, Paul is writing to the church of Ephesus and said, “29. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

“When the Holy Spirit comes to convict you of the things that are contrary to God’s Word, don’t push Him away; let the Holy Spirit convict you so that He can guide you AWAY from the temptations that you and I commit.”

In the end, as Christians, we should walk in the Spirit; meaning that we should obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit and a believer following the Spirit’s lead will not become conceited, provoke others, envy others and keep us from the temptations that are around us. Also, if we as people and as Christians could remember that the One who lives in us is God’s own Holy Spirit, we would be much more selective about what we think, read, watch, say, and do.

So, how does the Holy Spirit convict you?

Do you listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit?

What has the Holy Spirit been convicting you of lately?

 

God’s Blessings,

Joshua Reid

 

References

Abbotts, Lynn. “Revue: His Provision”, 19 Apr 2018, throughinkandimage.com, https://throughinkandimage.com/2018/04/19/revue-his-provision/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Graham, Bill. “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”, azquotes.com, http://www.azquotes.com/quote/513015 . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Noble, T.R. “Her Name Was Wreck | Dream Experience (7)”, 10 Nov 2017, nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/her-name-was-wreck-dream-experience-7/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

 

Picture References

Author Unknown. “Galatians 5:13”, https://biblia.com/bible/nkjv/Galatians%205.13 . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Author Unknown. “The Lord expects every church to appoint qualified men to be elders! n It is the Lord’s will that elders oversee a local church!”, modified over 2 years ago, http://slideplayer.com/slide/4815223/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Glenn, Bennett. “Romans 6:12-13”, modified over 2 years ago, http://slideplayer.com/slide/8918087/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Lang, Alannah. “God has designed this physical universe with undeniable physical laws.”, modified over 2 years ago, http://slideplayer.com/slide/6812153/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Skinner, Stephen. “The Lord’s Passover A Shadow Of The Lord’s Supper.”, modified over 3 years ago, http://slideplayer.com/slide/4528345/ . Accessed 04 May 2018.

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17 thoughts on “The Importance of Reading the Bible (Part 3)

  1. Good post Josh! “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened…” As I read this passage in your post, I got a new interpretation of it. Sometimes we read the bible with a preconceived knowledge. Like we already know what the passage is about before we even read it. We become too familiar with scripture and over familiarity clogs our heart from understanding what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us. This is because the cause root of this spirit of overfamiliarity is pride. So until we purge our heart and empty ourselves of that “I already know what this is all about” mindset, we can never receive fresh revelation which will make it become new lump. It’s the fresh revelation that renews us, convicts us and makes us go deeper in God. We need to come to His presence like babies, admitting we know nothing as we allow Him to teach us the way He wants to.

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, Efua and I’m glad that the verse gave you a new inspiration behind it. Your whole comment is amazing in that we sometimes do read passages of scripture with preconceived knowledge without taking into account what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us in the process.

      I like when you said, “Sometimes we read the bible with a preconceived knowledge. Like we already know what the passage is about before we even read it. We become too familiar with scripture and over familiarity clogs our heart from understanding what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us. This is because the cause root of this spirit of overfamiliarity is pride.” Sometimes, that’s all it comes down to; pride. Our pride can blind us to seeing a different perspective on scripture that we’ve already read; which just might be the scripture or verses that the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us.

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  2. I really like the structure of your posts. Highlighting scriptures and making clear points. As always, I’m so glad my post spoke to you, and thank you for sharing. It’s true, clinging to the Lord’s word helps us fight back. Keep going! God is with you!

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    • Thank you T.R. for your wonderful comment. Your post on “Wreck” was really good and I enjoyed reading it because it spoke to me a lot on some of the sins I continually go after; even when it is trying to “drown” me. Clinging to God’s Word is really the one thing that helps us fight against the temptations that surround us.

      How has the Holy Spirit been convicting you lately?

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  3. Thank you with all my heart for including me in your fantastic post, Josh! I’m so grateful if anything I might write or say encourages others. Thank you for your ever-thoughtful, well-researched, reasoned and insightful blog posts! God bless you big time!! 😀

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    • Thank you so much Lynn for the comment. I am glad that I was able to encourage and impact someone’s life through my blog posts.

      I couldn’t have been done with the help and various perspectives of my fellow Christian bloggers, like you who also writes such great and insightful content.

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  4. Well said Joshua! The Holy Spirit’s conviction comes in many ways to those whose hearts are stayed on Him. In a world full of so many diverse distractions it can be easy to miss His subtle promptings and some times He has to give us a really good shaking to get our attention. Since I’ve experienced both I have learned to be more attentive to His subtleness as His shaking can be pretty harsh! ~ Have a blessed day with Jesus ~

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    • Thank you so much Deborah for your comment. I like when you said, “In a world full of so many diverse distractions it can be easy to miss His subtle promptings and some times He has to give us a really good shaking to get our attention” because it’s true, sometimes, the world can get so distracting that we miss the prick of our spirit by the Holy Spirit.

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