Christians Need To Be Sharpened In The Word Daily

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 HCSB

Before we go out into the world to tell people about Jesus, we must be in the Scriptures learning and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us insight. Without having God’s Word inside of us, we will be as useless as an unsharpened pencil to preach and defend the truth.

The Scripture is the only thing that can give you the knowledge of God: who He is and what He has done for you. If you go to other sources, you might intake unbiblical teachings that can distort the person of Jesus Christ and salvation. Only God’s Word can make you wise in the things of God. Just like a sharpener to a pencil, without it, the pencil is useless to a person. Without you learning about Jesus in His Word, how can He use you?

When we start to get into God’s Word, it will be a process of continuous studying with devotional reading. The more you start to intake the Word, the more you will get sharpened.

Eventually, you will see some progress in knowing the Scriptures a little bit better. You will become better equipped to answer some objections that are designed to attack the Word of God. And there will be others who will have genuine questions regarding the person of Jesus and how to obtain salvation.

The result of a sharpened Christian is a deadly one to the forces of evil. The Holy Spirit will use you to bring people out of darkness and into the light of Jesus Christ. But, we must keep in mind that just as a pencil gets dull after a while and requires sharpening, so do we. We have to sharpen our minds with God’s Word often because if you stop reading His Word, He will stop giving you insights. And, you will start to forget some of the new things that God has taught you.

Jesus Desires To Reveal His Word To You

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.

Matthew 11:25-26 HCSB

The hidden things refer to God’s revelation to men through the message of Jesus Christ. The word wise here is used in a negative term because of its context. So the word wise means self-righteousness, which tells of a person who thinks that they can know God apart from His Word. And, he or she can achieve a right standing before God through their good works.

The word infant in the passage does not have a literal connotation but points to the condition of one’s heart. That is why the Lord only reveals the secret things of God to infants. An infant has a humble spirit, so the person has to emulate that type of spirit. We have to be willing to submit to God’s Word after understanding its meaning.

The Father’s pleasure is to reveal the spiritual meaning of Scripture to His followers and to those that the Holy Spirit is working on so that they can come to know how to get saved.

If we come to the holy Scriptures with a haughty heart, don’t expect to get an insight or hear from Jesus. Every time we open up the Bible, we have to come with a mentality of a child. A child is humble and believes everything that is said to him or her. That is the mindset needed when we go to the Bible. So, when we read the Scriptures, our minds must be willing to accept and believe what we are reading. That is how we will hear from Jesus and have a heart set to obey His Word.

If Something You Do Is Not Mentioned In The Scriptures, Does It Make it Right?

Many say that the Bible doesn’t contain everything that a person does under the sun. For example, the Scriptures doesn’t say anything about smoking cigarettes and doing all types of hard drugs. And many other modern inventions that God’s Word doesn’t name. Can we truly base our lives, in any circumstance, on God’s Word and find answers to our problems, what we are going through? The answer is YES, without a shadow of a doubt.

Even though the Word of God doesn’t mention certain things, everything you are going through, it doesn’t matter what it is, you will find the answer in the Bible.

In every situation that a person goes through, the answer can be found in the Scriptures, with two commandments. Jesus said that everything else in the Scriptures hangs on these two commandments. They are…

37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:37-40

We will see how these two commandments play a role in the things that people do or go through that might not be mentioned by name in the Scriptures.

For instance, cigarettes and drugs like weed, cocaine, or other similar things are not named in the Bible. But, you will find that the Word of God does indeed talk about these issues.

God’s Word says that our bodies, for believers, is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? -1 Corinthians 6:19

And our bodies no longer belongs to us, but to the Lord.

For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:20

So, if you are smoking or doing drugs, you no longer demonstrate love to the Lord your God with all your strength. You are sinning against the temple of the Holy Spirit by taking substances that could damage His temple, our bodies, severely. Not only is that true for drug use, but also for using your bodies for sexual immorality.

15 Do you not know that your bodies are parts of Christ? Shall I then take away the parts of Christ and make them parts of a prostitute? Far from it! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” 17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin that a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. – Corinthians 6:15-18

Don’t think to yourself that it’s not a sin to do some drugs or even smoke because it is not mentioned in the Scriptures. It is a sin and you will find it there. To see it, you must put on your spiritual eyes by asking the Lord Jesus Christ to speak to you in His Word and to show it to you there. The Holy Spirit will open up your eyes to see it.