STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
To succeed this year, the first thing you must do is to study the word of God. The word of God has in it all the ingredients you need to succeed. There is absolutely no success outside the word. Please don’t follow the people that trivialize the word of God. If you must experience lasting success, the word of God must be the foundation.
There are many people that take pride in the number of chapters of the Bible they have read. It is not enough to read the Bible like a story book. Yes, it is great to read the Bible in 90 days, 180 days etc. but beyond a casual reading of the word, give attention to studying the word. Don’t gloss over the word, study it. You can get other easy to read translations, don’t just stick to the King James Version, you have other versions you can read. Take any version you are comfortable with and in the language that you understand most and study the word.
Remember the word is the lamp to your feet and light to your path (Psalm 119:105). Think of it, how far can you go in the dark without the lamp that gives light? Clearly you cannot go far without stumbling. In the same way, as a child of God, you cannot go far in life without the word of God. Everything you need is in the word of God and that is why we say whatever the word cannot give you: 1. You do not need it and 2. It does not exist. The word of God is complete in itself. It contains all you need to succeed, but you cannot benefit from it if you do not devote quality time to the word. No wonder the Psalmist in the same Psalm 119 said “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (verse 11). In verse 89 he declared “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”. If the word is settled in heaven, then it is your responsibility to establish it on earth because God has given you the power to reign here on earth. But you cannot establish what you do not know. So I challenge you this year to give attention to the study of the word of God.
Further Reading: 2 Timothy 2:14-17
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Gen 7-9, Mathew 3