Bible Verses and Christian Life – 4 Pillars
This article outlines four powerful areas frequently mentioned in the Bible and how we can use them to help us navigate our life as Christians.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” There is no greater picture than this of the sheer power and magnitude behind the Word of God. Often we treat scripture as some ancient relic that tells us only about the past. We treat it as if it were just another book, with no relevance to our lives.
But time and time again, we can see that the Bible is not just another book. It is not meant to merely sit on our shelves and collect dust, like a souvenir we admire but never touch. The Word of God is vital to our salvation, our Christian walk, and our eternity. It has great power to change us, to conform our minds to the will of God. No matter what we go through in this life, we can trust the Word to lead us in the direction that God desires for us to go. It is our navigation guide for every part of life – through the bad seasons, the good seasons, and the seasons of stagnancy. In every circumstance, it never fails. Here are just a few of the areas in which scripture is especially useful:
1. Inspiration In The Bible
Every so often, we as believers can find ourselves getting stuck in a spiritual ‘rut.’ We become distracted by the stresses of this life, and we know that we should be focusing on God, but we simply don’t care enough. We know that we should be following His plan for our lives, but we fail to see the urgency, and we continue on our own paths. This situation is deeply tragic; every day, followers of Christ trade His eternal riches for their own selfish desires. The core issue is not that we aren’t interested – it is that we are not inspired.
Inspiration is defined as ‘the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.’ Often, we fail to bring glory to God simply because we are not motivated to do so. There is no sense of conviction or importance, only indifference. When this happens, the only thing that can redirect our hearts is God Himself – and He accomplishes this through His Word. The Word inspires us to cultivate an inner passion for Christ. It inspires us to stay faithful in the midst of trials. Perhaps most importantly, it inspires us to keep chasing hard after God, to keep pursuing His will and becoming more like Christ.
James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The kind of faith that we are meant to have in Christ is meant to move us to action. If we truly believe what we say we believe, we will reflect it by doing the work that God has called us to. We often need to be reminded of His purpose for our lives; we need to be reminded of just how big God is, through His Word. And that is truly all the inspiration we need to start moving in the Kingdom of God.
2. Encouragement Through Scripture
If there is one word that sums up the reality of the world we live in, it’s this: discouraging. Every day, we turn on the news and witness all the horrors of our society play out before us. We live in a wicked, wicked culture, surrounded by people who celebrate evil and normalize it, all while attacking true righteousness. Sometimes we just can’t help but be discouraged when there is so much brokenness all around us.
Because the truth is that apart from Jesus, there is no hope. The reason that we become so discouraged is that without Christ, there is no goodness. And our culture is dead set on existing and, impossibly, thriving without Christ. We, as His Church, know that we are not meant to live this way. We know that there is true joy to be found in serving God that can’t be found in this empty, meaningless world around us.
This is precisely the reason why the Word of God is such a wellspring of encouragement. It sets our minds on things above, not on the dark, dismal things of this earth. When the world has us completely weighed down and even sliding into depression, we can always turn to scripture for words that uplift us and give us hope – not a false hope that will soon perish, but a lasting hope that will one day be manifested into complete and utter glory.
To see the wonderful encouragement that scripture has to offer, one needs to look no further than John 16:33, in which Jesus says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” It is a triumphant and beautiful hope we have, that regardless of what we face, we have already overcome in Jesus.
3. What The Bible Says About Faith
Scripture also has the power to challenge and build our faith in a unique way. In this life, we are often faced with situations and circumstances that lead us to doubt the goodness of our God. We often become anxious and uncertain that He will use our suffering for our good. But faith is the exact opposite of this – faith demands a mindset of assurance. Faith is not about putting trust in what we do see, but in what remains yet to be seen.
Faith is not something that just comes naturally to people. It is something that must be developed over time as we walk with Christ and grow more and more in Him. It is a process that often involves pain, frustration, and even suffering. But in spite of the great cost that faith entails, it always leads to what is best for us and for the Kingdom of God.
How, then, can we build our faith in Christ? Romans 10:17 puts it very simply: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” After all, the Word of God is how we know the truth of the gospel, and it is how we know that what we believe in is real. It is our ultimate source of authority for our lives. And so whenever we start to doubt, or when we start to question what God is doing in the world, we can turn to scripture and rest in the fact that He is for us, not against us. That is the essence of faith – believing that God is sovereign, and that He is good.
4. Love Bible Verses
Last but certainly not least, scripture reinforces the importance of love. Love is a broad concept that has been portrayed and misrepresented in a variety of ways in the media. Our society often confuses love with lust, passion, and recklessness. It twists the true definition of love to fit its sinful agenda, and it puts their version of ‘love’ up on a pedestal for all to worship.
The love that we, as Christians, know is far different. It involves unconditional selflessness and devotion toward God, toward our unsaved neighbors, and toward our brothers and sisters in the faith. This kind of love is something that we should constantly meditate on and put into practice, so that we never forget how God first loved us.
Consider 1 John 4:16: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Love is the very foundation of what it means to follow Christ. It was out of love that God sent His Son to die in our place on the cross. It was out of love that He called out to us and brought us into His fold again. And it is out of love that we must associate with one another. These truths can be seen over and over in scripture; though we all know that we are called to love, nothing says it quite like the Word of God.
Even apart from the previously named areas, scripture has countless benefits, many of which are too grand for words. Scripture has the power to heal; when we have been hurt by the people or circumstances in our lives, God’s Word gives us a comfort and assurance like no other. Scripture keeps us focused on the promise of heaven; it helps us to see everything in this life is temporary and inferior to what is to come. Scripture keeps us humble; it is constantly showing us how much we do not know and how much room for growth we have in the faith. It never changes, and yet it never grows old. There is always something new to be learned from each and every word, because God the author is all-knowing, we are not. Scripture reminds us that we are loved by an infinitely holy God; it is completely unfathomable that the Creator of the Universe would speak to us – sinful, imperfect people who fail Him on a daily basis. But scripture shows us just how awesome His grace is, and it shows us our own need for the blood of Jesus Christ.
Navigate Life On The Word Of The Lord
There are so many more functions and roles that the Word of God serves, not only in our everyday lives, but in the entire universe. From the very beginning, God intended for His Word to have a huge impact on His creation. And because He spoke it, it is always good.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Just meditate on that thought; when God speaks, not a word is ever wasted. Try to think of that the next time the enemy tries to pull the old lie: “It’s a waste of time.” It is physically impossible to read the Word of God and not receive anything from it. God loves to bless His people, and scripture is one of the biggest ways by which He does so, each and every day. We would be foolish and arrogant to ignore our greatest resource, our greatest weapon, and our greatest road-map for every situation in life. The Word is here to help us walk the righteous path with confidence, recognizing Jesus as the ultimate prize. That, above all else, is why it is so crucial and so good.