…“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples….”

—John 8:31

Do you know what the mark of a disciple, of a growing Christian, is? You can find it in today’s verse. If you are a disciple of Christ, you will abide, or stay, in God’s Word!

There’s no end to what God’s Word does for us. It fills us with counsel, it corrects us when we get off the path, and it strengthens us for spiritual battle. And when we find ourselves walking through days of discouragement, God’s Word lifts and encourages us.

In fact, Romans 15:4 tells us that through the encouragement of the Scriptures we have hope. That’s because when we open the Scripture, Jesus walks out of the Word and into our lives. We can taste the presence of the Lord and it encourages us.

The Bible is life and it gives us life. There is no way that we can continue to grow in Christ without it. We need it to keep moving forward!

But if you neglect time in God’s Word, you will stop making forward progress in your spiritual growth, and may even slip backwards.

So today, I hope you see how important it is to abide in God’s Word. And I pray you will make it a point… every day… to make his Word your heart’s home.

WHEN WE OPEN THE SCRIPTURE, JESUS WALKS OUT OF THE WORD AND INTO OUR LIVES.