Knowing what passages of the Bible are helpful in various situations can be daunting. After all, the 66 books that make up the Bible have a total of 1,189 chapters. They cover marriage issues, single issues, mental health issues, child raising, finances, education, wisdom, direction, examples of good and bad behavior, ecclesiastical conduct, the foretelling of future events, and a host of other topics. All of this is God’s revealed word that is “profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.” Last time, we looked at making use of God’s Word, let’s explore how we might be prepared to do so.
God used multiple styles to convey His message to us. Consider for a moment the topic of selfishness. A simple word search in a concordance or Bible program will bring up plenty of verses dealing with selfishness, and we will look briefly at three.
Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
In Psalm 119:36, the author asks for a change of heart. In Philippians we see a command from Paul, an Apostle chosen by God, to the believers in Philippi (and believers today) to not be selfish. In James there is a warning to believers about selfishness that it would parade around disorder and every vile practice. These three verses show us the diversity of God’s Word regarding His desire to lead us to be selfless rather than selfish. One could illustrate this with the life of Sampson or David, who were given incredible opportunity by God, but botched it up to live selfishly.
The more you are familiar with the Bible as a whole, the better equipped to recall applicable passages. Memorize God’s Word in order to know it well, and be able to recall and share when needed. Have a program on your phone or computer to allow you to access God’s Word. Carry a Bible around (don’t worry; people are so selfish nobody cares what you are doing, so you have no need to be self-conscious). This will help you to make use of God’s Word.
If you are not sure where to begin, read Luke. We are studying it currently on Sundays. You can listen to some of the sermons we have preached, and we welcome you to ask questions, should you have any.