Everything that is created comes with a manual. A stove, a car, a television set and yes you. Man is a created being and thus is in need of his manual in order to better understand, program and operate himself.
It is laughable that man creates a product writes its instruction by which it operates successfully yet fails to follow the instructions that were written for his successful operation.
The bible is man instruction for operating his life, to live a successful life here on earth. It is often said that the bible is the word of God. I say the bible is God in word. James 4:12 says for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Jesus is called the word in the book of John chapter one. Psalm 107:20 says He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. So it is clear that the Word or God is Power.
The power of the Word is to renew our mind from the mindset which is far below the standard that we are to have. The mindset created by the domination of our flesh or emotions instead of our spirit. The renewal of our mind is to reverse the set from flesh to spirit. It is in doing so that we use the guidelines set out in the bible to guide us along the right path. Remember that the word is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path Ps 119:105.
When the word renews our minds the Holy Spirit conforms our spirits to be more like our Father God in whose image and likeness we are made, to live as an heir of God Rom 8:17. When we come into this reality, it means that we are living the word, obedient to his word and his purpose for our lives, serving others to bring all into the knowledge of God.
Growing up I always heard that we should all be saved because the world was coming to an end. That frightened me. I was in high school at the time and thought that since the world would end soon there was no need to finish school. Sure glad I did. Though that is true, yet I believe the urgency should be placed on should you die tomorrow will you go to heaven or hell, cause no one know the hour when the world will end yet most of us could be dead and gone before that time comes.
Meantime, while we enjoy our earthly existence let’s make it a happy one and to do so it must be done in line with God’s manual for our lives. I am not saying that it is easy, but with his grace we are able to do so successfully to live more fulfilling and rewarding lives.