Matthew 4:4 MSG 

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”

  1. WORD OF GOD

Psalm 19:7-10 TPT 

God’s Word is perfect in every way; how it revives our souls! His laws lead us to truth, and his ways change the simple into wise. 8  His teachings make us joyful and radiate his light; his precepts are so pure! His commands, how they challenge us to keep close to his heart! The revelation-light of his word makes my spirit shine radiant. 9 Every one of the Lord’s commands is right; following them brings cheer. Nothing he says ever needs to be changed. 10 The rarest treasures of life are found in his truth. That’s why I prize God’s word like others prize the finest gold. Nothing brings the soul such sweetness as seeking his living words. 

  1. THE REVELATION OF GOD

Psalm 19:11-14TPT 

11 For they warn us, his servants, and keep us from following the wicked way, giving a lifetime guarantee: great success to every obedient soul! 12 Without this revelation-light, how would I ever detect the waywardness of my heart? Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them. 13 Keep cleansing me, God, and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me! For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion. 14 So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 MSG 

There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Hebrews 4: 12-12 TPT 

12 For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. 13 There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before his eyes, to whom we must render an account.

  1. THE LOVE OF GOD

John 15:9 9 

“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. 

John 3:16-17 TPT 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift.  So now everyone who believes in him  will never perish but experience everlasting life. 17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! 

1 John 4:10 TPT 

10 This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins.

2 Timothy 4:2-5a TPT 

Proclaim the Word of God and stand upon it no matter what! Rise to the occasion and preach when it is convenient and when it is not. Preach in the full expression of the Holy Spirit—with wisdom and patience as you instruct and teach the people.3 For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear. 4 They will close their ears to the truth and believe nothing but fables and myths. 5 So be alert to all these things and overcome every form of evil.

Questions for further discussion:

  1. What has been your experience reading the Bible?
  2. What do you think the biggest obstacle is to reading it?
  3. What, if anything, stood out to you in this message?
  4. What is one thing you can do this year to increase your time in God’s word?