At the beginning of September, Jewish New Year 5779, I heard the Lord give a warning. The enemy, it seems, is bent more than ever on undermining believers in this hour. (One glance at the Kavanaugh hearings is enough to convince me of that!) This is the year, the Lord emphasized, to go deep in Him. To hold on to the Word of Truth as never before, to guard against deception, to seek Him for greater revelation. We will need it!
You would think that most believers spend at least some time in the Bible daily, but research consistently proves otherwise. On any given day, you are more likely to encounter a Christian who heard the Word in church last Sunday than one who read the Word for him-/herself that morning. (Click here for more on these statistics from Bible Gateway/Barna Research).
These statistics still disturb me, and I don’t think it would be a stretch to say it might trouble the Holy Spirit as well. After all, the Word is our primary source of information about God, revelation from God, and the power of God. To abide in Jesus is – if we agree with the Gospel of John – to abide in the Word. (See John 1) A powerless Christian life is usually a life devoid of God’s Word.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.