STUDY TEXT: Joshua 1 :8, Psalm 1 :1-2, Luke 24:25-27, Acts 17:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3: 16; Hebrews 2:1-3; James 1:22-25
MEMORY VERSE: James 1:22 “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. Deceiving your own selves.”
- Benefits of living by scripture
- Biblical prosperity
- Biblical purposes and Learn the scriptures
- Learn about Christ
OBJECTIVE: To acknowledge the importance of receiving God’s Word and resolve to live in obedience to it.
BENEFITS OF LIVING BY SCRIPTURE
BIBLICAL PROSPERITY — Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3 Today’s society scoffs at those who follow the mandates of scripture. Many unregenerate people do not believe the Bible to be a guide for godly living, yet, those who have obeyed God’s word have discovered the benefits of following God’s commands.
Joshua was onc of many biblical characters who knew the value of adhering to the word of God. As Joshua was about to enter the Promised Land, God told him that if he would obey God’s law, he would prosper in all that he did for God, Joshua 1:8.
QUESTION: What was Joshua’s responsibility in receiving God’s blessings?
Joshua’s first responsibility was to make God’s word a part of his life. If he did not know the word, he could not obey it. But before he could partake of the benefits of obedience, he had to ‘observe’ or obey the law.
The prosperity that Joshua was to experience, though, was not basically financial in nature, God said that He would make Joshua’s ‘way’ prosperous and he would have ‘good success.’ The blessing of obedience that Joshua and the nation of Israel were to experience was the ability to conquer the land of Canaan.
QUESTION: How does biblical prosperity and success differ from much of what is taught today concerning prosperity?
Modern teachings concerning prosperity emphasize financial prosperity. But the Bible does not guarantee us material success. Many who obeyed God were not always well off. Some who were obedient to God lived lives of frugality and others even became martyrs. The true prosperity ofobedience to God’s word helps us avoid needless suffering’as a result ofa life lived in disobedience to God.
The psalmist also knew the value of living a righteous life. In Psalm 1, he contrasted the ways of the ungodly with those who live according to God’s word. According to the psalmist, a wise man does not: (1) walk according the advice of sinners, (2) stand in their company, or, (3) sit with those who mock the things ofGod.
The first step toward destruction begins by following or walking by society’s counsel instead of God’s. Scripture commands believers to reject immoral or unethical behavior. Standing around with sinners implies a lingering or accompanying with them in their lifestyles. But the Bible instructs us to run away from these sinful lifestyles. Sitting with sinners and adopting their cynical or mocking attitudes is the gravest departure from righteousness. If we are not careful, we could begin to agree with them.
As wise believers, though, we delight in God’s word, verse 2. Instead of filling our minds with the attitudes of the world, we meditate on the word. When we do this, it gives us the knowledge we need to walk wisely in this evil world.
The instruction of God’s word sustains life and productivity as water feeds a tree, verse 3. Christians do not drink from just a cup or a well. But from a flowing river of scripture made real to us through the Holy Spirit. The result of our obedience to God’s word is prosperity in what we do.
QUESTION: Why can God guarantee us prosperity in what we do?
When we meditate on God’s word, it. becomes a part of our lives. As a result, our actions will be in tune with God’s word and His will. When we operate in the realm of obedience, then God can bless us with prosperity.
Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy to encourage him in the ministry. Part of that letter reminded Timothy of a benefit of God’s word that he had already experienced — salvation. Because the word is inspired by God, it can have an incredible transforming effect on the lives of individuals, 2 Timothy 3:16. As such, it has a vital purpose in our lives.
*The word ‘doctrine’ (KJV) is translated ‘teaching’ in the NIV. We must know the teachings of God’s word so we can discern false teachings. Every believer needs a solid doctrinal foundation. *Reproof is a word that is used for the conviction of sin. The word informs us of God’s unchanging standards. Through the word, we will know when we have done something wrong. *Correction is restoring to an upright position or a right state. The word not only helps us change our direction when we have done wrong, but it transforms us into the righteous people God desires. *Instruction means discipline or training. All believers need constant teaching and instruction concerning righteousness because human nature tends toward unrighteousness. This same word is used in Ephesians 6:4 where it refers to the training ofa child.
The end result of this work of scripture is found in verse 17. By obeying the word, we are furnished or equipped to capably, correctly, and effectively accomplish God’s work. God has provided everything we need for righteous living. And His word is apart ofour lives, its influence will direct us in ways that are pleasing to God. Then God can pour out His blessings on us.
LEARN THE SCRIPTURES
LEARN ABOUT CHRIST: Luke 24:25-27, Acts 17:1012
While God’s word provides practical principles for everyday living, there is one thing it teaches that is of utmost importance — Christ’s sacrifice for the redemption of humanity. Throughout God’s word, we find teachings concerning the coming of the Messiah. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Old Testament. An incident that took place on the evening of Christ’s resurrection illustrates this.
Two of Christ’s disciples were walking and reflecting on the events of the last few days when Jesus joined them, He questioned them concerning what they were discussing. After their response, He reproved them, and then opened up their understanding of Old Testament prophecies concerning himself, Luke 24:5-27.
God’s word provides us with a complete understanding of Christ. Modern society and various cults have opinions about Christ that o not line up with the scriptures. As believers we need to know what the Bible says about Christ and be prepared to share this truth with others.
The Jews of Berea were people who were interested in the truth. When Paul and Silas came to the synagogue and preached Christ, the Jews did not immediately accept what they were saying as true. These Jews immediately went to their Old Testament to verify the message of these two men, Acts 17:10, l l. But when the Jews discovered the truth according to the scriptures, they accepted Christ, verse 12.
We are living in a time when the world’s philosophies are trying to crowd out the truth of the gospel. Any philosophy or belief that does not stand up the truth of the scriptures is to be rejected. We cannot allow the world’s philosophy about Christ or anything contrary to the word to become a part of us.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Obeying God’s Word is essential for spiritual growth.