There are many times in Jesus’ ministry where we see Him respond to questions or settling controversies with the words, “Haven’t you ever read?” Then he’d refer the people to the scriptures. In the issue of true worship and praise he said, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16). In the issue of the resurrection he said, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’?” (Matthew 21:42). And to the lawyer who questioned him about eternal life he said, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” (Luke 10:26). I think what Jesus was inferring here, is that some of the most basic questions of life, eternity and God would be answered simply by reading the bible.
For some reason people look at reading the bible as something that is optional or maybe a good idea, but it’s also something that usually becomes a casualty of the chaos and demands of life. “I’m too busy”…“I forgot”…”I’m too tired”…”I don’t get much out of it because I can’t understand it”, are all common justifications for not consistently reading the bible.
There are literally hundreds of “read through the bible” plans, but all of them require one thing. Sitting down and reading! In 2016, we’re asking all of Joy Christian Center to commit to a 6-month reading plan that will take you through the entire New Testament.
After Jesus was tempted by the devil, He gave credit to knowing God’s word as the reason He was able to overcome the temptation. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
We know that if we want to live a normal, healthy life then physical nourishment is required. Likewise, if we want to live a normal and healthy life spiritually, then spiritual nourishment is required. Jesus was saying that the right diet is essential to have the strength to defeat the enemy or answer many of life’s questions.
Remember, “You’re not you when you’re hungry” and only God’s Word has the nourishment necessary to build into you the strength, to become who God has created you to be. We’re going to be looking at this principle during our “Satisfied” series in January, so let’s make 2016 a year of eating!
You can pick up a reading plan at church or download the reading plan below. We’re pretty good at feeding our bodies…let’s get proficient at feeding our spirit as well!