I don’t know where I would be without God’s Word. When tests and trials come, I always pull out my Bible to find answers. The Word has kept me throughout my life.
As we begin a new year, the most important advice I can give anyone is to stick with the Word in 2022. It’s only through God’s Word that we will have the abundant life Jesus desires us to have.
The way we can stand firm and never waver during adversity is to have the Word of God as a solid foundation in our lives. We do this by reading and meditating on scripture every day.
When Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God told him to constantly read and study the Word. If Joshua would do that, he was guaranteed success.
JOSHUA 1:8 (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Meditating on the Word involves more than reading a psalm and thinking we have done our spiritual duty for the day. We must take time to read our Bible and allow the scripture to soak in.
It’s easy to feel as though there’s not enough time to read and study God’s Word. We’re all so busy. But let me ask you a few questions.
Do you have time to scroll through Facebook? Do you make time to watch your favorite TV show? What about other recreational pursuits? Do you find time for them? These activities are not bad. But none of them is as important as reading and meditating on God’s Word.
It’s through God’s promises that we can overcome the attacks of the evil one.
The Word is what gives us the strength to fulfill our calling. And it’s through God’s promises that we can overcome the attacks of the evil one.
The Apostle Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV). One thing is certain—the attacks of the enemy will come. But if we determine never to budge from the Word, we won’t be devoured.
It takes toughness to stand against the schemes of the devil. Sometimes we have to stand a while before our situation turns around. That’s when we have to choose whose report to believe. Will we believe our situation and what the devil has thrown at us? Or will we believe what the Lord says?
I made up my mind a long time ago—I will always believe the report of the Lord.
We have to be determined to go through adversity when it comes our way. When we’ve made up our mind like that, we will receive everything the Lord has for us.
We can fall short of God’s blessings if we don’t press in and stand for what belongs to us. What would have happened to the woman with an issue of blood if she hadn’t heard the Word (Mark 5:25–34)? What if she didn’t know that Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38)?
There was no hope for this woman medically. She spent all her money going to doctors, but her condition was beyond their knowledge. The doctors’ report did not give her any hope of being cured. But instead of believing the doctors’ verdict, she chose to believe what she heard about Jesus.
I’m sure this woman must have been trembling when she came upon the crowd surrounding Jesus. According to Jewish law, she was not supposed to be out in public. Her infirmity made her unclean.
The crowd that day was huge, and she must have been weak from loss of blood. It was probably difficult for her to push her way through the people to get to Jesus. What if she had turned away? What if she had said to herself, “This is too hard; I’ll never make it”? What if she had given up and turned back?
We know from the Word that this woman didn’t turn back. No, she pressed through the crowd. And when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she felt God’s healing power make her body whole.
We can see how necessary it is to press in until we receive what God promised in His Word. It is so vital to never move off that foundation. With all the distractions surrounding us, it’s more important than ever to stick with God’s Word. When we do, the Word will see us through—no matter what!
Stick With the Word!
Here’s an acrostic using the word stick to help remind you to stick with the Word!
S: Search the scriptures daily. Read God’s Word every day. Then you will have a strong foundation when the storms of life come your way.
T: Turn to the Word in times of trouble. When trouble comes, be sure to turn to God’s Word first. Find out what the Bible says about your situation.
I: Incline your ear to what God says. When it looks as though you’re going under, incline your ear to what God says!
C: Call those things that be not as though they were. Say what God says about your situation. Put God’s Word into your own words and speak it out.
K: Keep the Word of God. We’re told repeatedly in scripture to not be just hearers of the Word, but doers. To do also means to keep (Luke 11:28 KJV). Those who keep God’s Word—who put it into practice—are the ones who are blessed (James 1:22–25).
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