This year I have been learning a lot about my dependence on the Word. The Lord has been working a lot in my heart through my times in His Word and continuing to stir my Love for Him instead of myself.
There are things in the Bible that we are supposed to follow and obey that are for our good and benefit. The Word can give us encouragement and an everlasting hope and true joy that goes beyond what we feel in our circumstances. It can literally change our hearts. It has power that enables us to see and understand the depths of our hearts and the reality of our sinful motivations. Then, at the same time, it has the power to remind us of the beauty of God’s love and grace for us, and it woos our hearts into repentance and motivates us to wage war against our sin.
The world today tells us to find joy and satisfaction in success, wealth, relationships, etc. Culture tells us to do whatever feels right for each of us and that truth is relative. But our hearts are actually deceitful, so we need to be aware of that and be careful. Mark 7:21 says, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Our selfishness and sin come from our hearts. We want to be the ones controlling our lives, and yet the Bible warns us that our hearts are tainted by our sin and therefore aren’t always trustworthy. Look back at Mark 7:21. Is it really logical for us to want to rely on our sinful self to control our life when we really stop and see how messed up we are? Man was not made to be our own authority; man was made to worship and to follow and be like God, and our selfishness is in direct opposition to God. God is absolutely perfect in every way. He is holy and good, and therefore His word is perfect and good and trustworthy.
The Bible is the Word of God. He gave it to us so that we can learn from it and so that we can grow in our understanding of who He is and what He is about, and grow in a deeper relationship with him.