Hello lovely ladies, for those of you who may not know yet, I have some exciting news, LYBM launched it’s first online bible study on February 1st! I encourage all of you guys to go and check it out. It’s an amazing reminder of the soil that we are meant to maintain in order to take in the word of God, and to bear fruit!
In honor of LYBM starting a bible study, I wanted to dive into why studying the Bible is essential.
Now I’ll be honest, it took me forever to start writing this article because there are so many reasons that studying the Bible is important, and I knew that I couldn’t write a five hundred page post about every important reason, but I definitely will touch on some points that have been made very clear to me based on what I’ve learned through my life.
Importance of studying the word:
Hearing the Lord
For one, it’s important to study the Bible because it’s filled with God’s words. Often times I’ve heard people say, if you feel like you can’t hear God, then open up the Bible, and He will speak to you through it. The Bible is God’s word and it teaches us who God really is. It allows us access to learn about His character, His promises, and His covenants. The Bible gives us access to God’s heart, and to unwavering truth.
“but the word of the Lord remains forever." And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
1 Peter 1:25 ESV
In the same way the Bible lets us in on God’s character, it also highlights what characteristics we should possess as God’s children. As Christians we are called to follow in Jesus’s footsteps, and the Bible shows us exactly how we are meant to do that. It also emphasizes what kind of friend, daughter, mother, sister, wife, and child of God we are called to be. The Bible gives us examples and guidelines on how to live our lives in a way that glorifies the Lord, and it also gives us the knowledge to evaluate ourselves, as well as the people within our community, to see if we are all upholding God’s standard for us. Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5-7) is a great place to find examples of Jesus’s moral teachings that tie into how we are to be as His disciples.
Another benefit of studying the Bible is that it helps us to guard our hearts. For example, when it comes to romantic relationships we can look to the Bible to see what God’s definition of love is (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8), and we can evaluate ourselves as well as our partners to see if we are loving them well, and if we are being loved well.
God always calls us to love others well, even if they don’t love us well, but He also states
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25 ESV,
so the scripture helps us to discern if a man who is courting us is equipped to love us the way that God calls men to love their wives. It also discusses what a godly man and husband looks like, as well as what a godly woman and wife looks like. It teaches us what we should and shouldn’t be doing outside of a marriage, and what we should and shouldn’t be doing once we are married. The Bible is a guideline that helps us to guard our hearts, because it helps us to use our discernment, set up proper boundaries, and to view things clearly with wisdom; not just in a romantic relationship, but in every aspect of our lives.
Studying our Bibles also helps to equip us for the spiritual attacks that we are constantly facing.
The Bible tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
Ephesians 6:11 ESV
The word of God helps us to combat all negative things and attacks ranging from the smallest to the biggest ones.
For example, I personally struggle with being disciplined in working out, but working out is something that I need to do otherwise I fall sick, and if I fall sick it knocks so many things in my life off of track. Whenever I don’t feel like working out, this verse helps motivate me to get physically active.
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 ESV.
The Bible reminds me that even though working out hurts and isn’t enjoyable for me, pushing past the physical pain and the mental resistance to get disciplined, will help me to bear the fruit of righteousness when it comes to stewarding my body well.
On a greater scale, I’ve also struggled with anxiety, and the Bible tells me that God says
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 ESV
That verse reminds me that I have nothing to be anxious about, and that God is here to carry that anxiety for me. The amazing thing is that I can find numerous verses that help me to combat the specific things that make me anxious. God’s word helps me, us, to identify and defend ourselves against anything negative that is being thrown at our lives.
Studying the Bible is also important so that we can’t be persuaded or taught by just anyone. The Bible lets us know what false teachers look like, and if we have knowledge of the scripture, then we will be able to tell when someone is preaching truth or teaching scripture out of context. Sometimes we hear things that our culture has deemed biblical, only to find out that it has nothing to do with the Bible. When people don’t have the proper context, or they don’t have any context, because they’ve never studied the Bible, then they can easily be mislead or mislead others concerning God’s word. That’s why it is so important to be able to fully understand what’s stated in the Bible, so that we have a strong word to stand on, so we can’t be swayed against the truth.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
Call to Action
There are a number of different reasons studying the Bible is important that I haven’t touched on, such as it helping us to defend our faith, the power of healing, and amplifying our call to serve. I want all of us to be able to experience all of the wonderful eye opening things that come from getting into the word, so I encourage us all to make quality time to spend in the word studying each day, to join a bible study community, and at this time I invite you all to become a part of LYBM’s bible study!
Meet Alicja Oshiokpekhai, LYBM Voices Coordinator
Alicja Oshiokpekhai is a 24 year old graduate from Texas Woman’s University. She was born in Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, and moved to the United States in 2001. She is an inspirational blogger, and serves on the team as our LYBM Voices coordinator! In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, learning, and growing with her community.