Let The Word Dwell In You
By Wesley L. Duewel
Does the Word of Christ literally live in you? Do you literally live in the Word? Just as truly as Christ lives in His own people and they live in Him, so His Word can live in them and they can live in His Word. Oh, the unspeakable blessing of a life in which these words of Paul are fulfilled: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly...” (Col. 3:16).
The Word can never dwell in you unless you take time for reading the Scriptures. How can a person claim to love Christ when he spends almost no time reading His Word? One may spend hours in talking to friends and listening to what others have to say. How dare Christians claim to love Christ greatly if they spend less than fifteen minutes a day with the Bible and listening to the voice of God?
No believer should read the New Testament through less than once a year! If one reads the Bible an average of three chapters per weekday and five per Sunday, he will finish the entire Bible in less than a year. What minister or Christian worker can consider himself faithful who does less? We cannot have the Word dwelling in us if we do not take the time to read the Bible through systematically. What an insult to God for one to have been a Christian for years and still not have read His Word systematically!
There is no reading thrill to compare with the thrill one gets from reading the Bible through repeatedly, especially the New Testament. Each time you complete a reading of the Bible you will find your heart leaping for joy. There is spiritual strength you obtain from God’s Word that can be obtained in no other way. There is no faith tonic so miraculous as feeding on the Scriptures. “...Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
What you have read repeatedly can easily be brought to your memory again by the Holy Spirit, and He may use this to guide you, correct you, or build your confidence and faith.
There is something exceedingly precious in the Word of God. No delicious meal is so satisfying as receiving a blessing from God’s Word. No music is so wonderful as that which springs up within your soul from verses of Scripture that seem to be a direct message from God to you. No adventure is so thrilling as finding a new revelation of Christ and His will in the Word. No wealth is so lasting as the riches of Christ and His Word.
Oh, friend, feast on God’s Word, drink from the fountains of blessing in the Scriptures. Taste and see the blessings in store for you. Lean upon God’s promises. Light your pathway with light from the sacred pages.
If you would have peace, read the Word. If you would have faith, read the Word. If you would chase away the devil, take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). If you would have joy, read the Word. If you want your prayer life transformed, read God’s Word. If you want all the riches of Christ, let His Word dwell in you richly, and you too will break forth into song, with music and hymns and blessings flooding and filling your soul (5:19).
Lord, help me live deeply in Your Word.
– Quoted from God’s Power Is For You by Wesley L. Duewel. Copyright © 1997. Used by permission of the Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, IN. Dr. Duewel’s books may be purchased by calling (317) 881-6755, Ext. 361.