1. What’s best way to study the Bible?

The centrality of the Word article is not about studying the Bible, but the importance of reading the Bible. The Bible is like no other book. In John 6:63 Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” It is important we know the Word before we study it. That means reading it a lot, over and over again. After some time God will begin to speak to you through the pages of the Bible. It is a mirror: “ Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24). Before you know what’s in the Bible, let the Bible know what’s inside you.

  • What’s the connection between maintenance of power and studying of the Word?

You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you”. That is the initial encounter. But we must understand what this power is. It is not a commodity given to us, but the ability of God deposited in us. God retains the ownership of this power. It is released as we continue in fellowship and close relationship with the Holy Spirit. This is where the Bible comes in. “Give us this day our daily bread”, is a prayer we should say everyday. This daily bread is the Word of God that we feed on. The world that really matters, the one that actually determines whether I keep on the right track, and capable of finishing my race in triumph is an invisible world. It is the word of God I feed on daily that guides and instructs me how to walk through this untrodden path. If I am not guided by the Bible I can abuse the power. I may even try to use the power independently of God. This is what Satan offered to Jesus: “Command this stone that it becomes bread.” And Jesus knew exactly how to counter the attack: by quoting the Word of God. Otherwise after fasting for 40 days Jesus could have ‘theoretically’ gone out performing magic. You don’t want God to give the power and Satan to refuel it. Watch out for a man who displays power without displaying the fruit of the Spirit. He can control demons but cannot control his temper or greed or arrogance.

  • Smith Wigglesworth read only the Bible. Should we therefore read little or no other Christian books?

Not exactly. I related the practices of Wigglesworth to show how important the Bible was to him, and the role it played in his power ministry. By all means we can read Christian books, but only the reading of the Bible gives us inspiration and transformation. Jesus said, “ You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you (John 15:3). Reading the Word changes you; not just educates you. Reading the Bible requires appetite. Without this appetite reading a lot of the Bible can become monotonous and boring. With a ravenous appetite, however, which is a sign of spiritual vitality, one can never get enough of it. If you find you lack this appetite, pray for personal revival. We all need to from to time.

  • If the bible is so central why did some people, who were not even Christians, rose to be great in this world without any encounter with the Bible?

We need to understand that God’s value system is different to ours. Some people find their purpose, and achieve great things in life, but never find God’s purpose. So in eternity (which is the real life) they lose out. 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Lk 12:20-21). What a man achieves in this life that does not last beyond the grave is vanity of vanities.

To the natural mind there was nothing attractive about John the Baptist. He lived an ascetic life and died a violent death after only six months in ministry. Yet this is God’s verdict about him: Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist;”(Matt 11:11) Question is: would you like to be great in the eyes of God or in the eyes of men?

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