A steady diet (regular pace, consistent thread, prescribed course) taking in the Word of God disciplines our lives. The Word settles in the heart and is stored there, ready to be served up by the Holy Spirit when spirit-led responses are needed.
Discipline for our lives in this way means we conform to God’s plan rather than another system or source; and whatever the need, an outcome consistent with our Bible-covenant with God, revealed in God’s written Word, is our expectation.
We must have this discipline; otherwise, personal faith is anemic, lacking in true spiritual strength, and able to offer little Bible-sized results. Worldview followers of every imaginable persuasion give one hundred per cent commitment to their cause but, as followers of Christ, our leaders ask very little that is meaningful of us.
Instead of a lifestyle of excellence as agents of divine help for the world around us, the impression we often give is comme ci, comme ca . . . lukewarm. Only time, study, and purposeful research in God’s Word can build and mature faith.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17, NKJV