Reading and studying the Bible definitely helps us navigate this life. But how often do we consider the spiritual benefits from God’s Word?
We know the Bible teaches us more about God, His will, and His ways. We have experienced God’s comfort, peace, and encouragement through His Word. And we have gained direction and insight for our daily lives. But those things only scratch the surface of the great depth of God’s Word.
4 Spiritual Benefits from God’s Word
The deeper we go into God’s truth, the more we are spiritually impacted by His Word.
- Preparation & hope for the future – God uses His Word to foster spiritual endurance and fill us with hope and encouragement. Even if the days ahead are filled with trouble, pain, and persecution we can be victorious every step of the way because God has prepared us through Scripture. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
- Strength to resist temptation – Jesus Himself used God’s Word to stave off Satan’s attacks. Scripture will protect us from sin by arming us with the truth and strengthening our longing to please and obey God. With God’s Word in our hearts – not just in our minds – we can stand firm. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet will not slip (Psalm 37:31).
- Spiritual growth – God wants to grow us to be like Jesus. Scripture fuels our spiritual growth. God actively uses His Word in our lives to shape our character, change our desires, and mold our motivations to the image of Christ. This spiritual growth fosters a more intimate fellowship with Christ through a deeper knowledge of Him. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:2-3).
- Spiritual vitality – If we root ourselves in Scripture, we will thrive. God will bless us when we delight in and are devoted to His Word. Our relationship with Him will be strong and produce eternal results. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers (Psalm 1:3).
When we ingest God’s Word, we will taste the sweetness of the Author of Life. When we go beyond a superficial reading of the Bible and mediate on its truths, we will experience the Person of the Holy Spirit. We will interact with our Creator. That is the point when God will move our hearts and meet the deepest needs of our souls.
Have you experienced any of these spiritual benefits? What other spiritual benefits have you discovered?
A couple of resources to help you get into God’s Word:
- “Reading the Bible Together” – A closed Facebook group that provides structure, encouragement, and accountability to be in God’s Word daily.
- “Enjoy God’s Word Online Bible Study Conference” – This quality and highly convenient 3-day conference will help equip you to be a better student of God’s Word.
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Focusing on my spiritual growth has helped me become a better person over the years. Great blog
It makes sense that God uses his word to help us shape each person’s character. I am interested in reading the bible to learn more about what life was like in the past, and I would like to know how I can relate with people in the bible that faced hardships to help give me a sense of direction. I’ll be sure to read so that I can find ways to relate with people in the bible.