Be faithful in reading the Bible

Published 8:26 am Tuesday, January 30, 2024

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: What does the Bible mean when it says we are to conform to Christ? Should we pray about this or does this happen naturally? – C.C.

Dear C.C.: When souls are saved, a desire to be nourished from God’s Word is of utmost importance. We should bring every matter to God in prayer and watch how He answers through the reading of Scripture as we obey Him. This is how God’s children have fellowship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Be faithful in reading the Bible, praying for God’s guidance and strength each day, seeking the fellowship of other believers as part of Christ’s church, and sharing your new faith with those who are still wandering in darkness. The church is the Body of Christ on Earth, and it is important to join with other followers of Jesus Christ to learn from one another, to encourage one another, and to obey God’s Word. This is how we grow in faith. Christ will work in us and through us and we can know that His hand is upon us.
Many struggle because they want Christ to walk with them, but believers are instructed to leave their own pathways and walk with Christ. He comes into a person’s life with transformation, making forgiven sinners new creations in Christ. God will be busy conforming His children to the image of His Son. Salvation is the most important step anyone can take in life and is the only way to truth.
This is “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery … which is Christ in you, the hope of glory … which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:26–27, 29, NKJV).
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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