Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part II
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
If we are going to exercise our knowledge muscles, then we need to understand how these muscles work.
First, we do not effectively exercise our knowledge muscles to learn about God by rushing through a few verses of the Bible. Yes, one might gain something from that, but if we want to grow our knowledge of God, we need to slow down and understand what we are reading.
Remember that God has protected and preserved the Bible so that we can make corrections and enhance our lives. The Apostle Paul put it this way:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
If you are rushing through your time of reading the Bible but not understanding what you are reading, then you are missing the point.
What can we do when we come to a verse of the Bible that we do not understand? In this technology age, we easily can call up commentaries on any verse of the Bible. When you Google “commentary on 2 Timothy 3:16, you get many sites that readily help you understand. We no longer must purchase expensive commentaries to understand the Bible, like many of us did only a few years ago.
Second, exercising our God muscles requires us to apply the truth that we read in the Bible.
A good question to ask yourself, after slowly reading a section of scripture, is there truth that I want to apply to my life?
A mistake that we can make is reading the Bible but never changing our lifestyle to match what we read. In other words, we might understand what we read but make little or no effort to apply that truth to our daily lives.
For example, the Bible tells us not to lie (Colossians 3:9-10) nor use unwholesome language (Ephesians 4:29). Knowing these instructions is good, but if we do not live them out, they become good for nothing.
Learn to apply God’s truth to your life! Applying a new truth to our daily life stretches our spiritual muscles, making us stronger in the Lord.
Father, I am grateful for having the scriptures available to me. Help me to read them and then apply any truth that I read. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.