Healthy Habits: We work out what God works in
Phil. 2:12-13
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The Habit of Bible Intake
Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Matthew 4:4
But Jesus answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
John 8:31-32
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Colossians 3:16
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

  • We are to maximize every opportunity to get God’s Word into our lives
  • Dependence on God’s Word needs to be a life commitment, an attitude and a daily habit
  • It is not enough to say we believe the Bible to be the Word of God, we must treasure it, receive it into our lives and then become doers of the Word and not merely hearers

What’s so special about the Bible?

  1. Unique in its authorship and composition


  • 40 plus authors, 1500 years
  • 2 major sections; subdivisions by genre
  • Written in 3 languages
  • Several continuous themes, one main message


  1. Unique in its translation and circulation
  • Septuagint
  • Translated into more languages than any other book
  • First book printed
  • More copies of the Bible than any other book

2. Unique in its inspiration and authority

  • 2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
3. Unique in its message and application

  • Hebrews 4:12
  • 1 Peter 1:23-2:2

23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 2 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk of the Word, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
How do we get God’s Word in our lives?
We can hear it

  • Romans 10:17

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

  • Rev. 1:1-3

1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

  • Bible teaching church
  • Scripture on CD
  • Chrisitan radio

We can read it

  • Daniel 9:1-3

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, read in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes

  • Daily reading plan

We can study it

  • Acts 17:11

11Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

  • Book, chapter, paragraph, verse by verse
  • Topical
  • Analyze, ask questions, write things down, compare Scripture with Scripture

We can memorize it

  • Psalm 119:11

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
We can meditate on it

  • Joshua 1:8

8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Take away: How to have a Quiet Time
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Scripture is profitable for 5 things: teaching; reproof, correction, training in righteousness, equipping for good works

  • Every day for the next week take 15 minutes when you get up before you get going on your day and have a quiet time: you’ll need a bible, some paper, a pen and a teachable attitude!
  • Use the following passages from the book of Psalms
  • Read it once: what is the teaching; again: what is the rebuke; again: what is the correction; again: what is the training in righteousness; a final time: what is the equipping for good works

Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 40, Psalm 51, Psalm 86, Psalm 103, Psalm 145

  • You can do this with a chapter, a paragraph or a verse