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8 Reasons to Let the Word of God Dwell in You

8 reasons to let the Word of God dwell in you

The Bible is a living book. But, is it living to you?  Specifically, do you let the word of God dwell in you in such a way that you experience its vital functions changing you inwardly?

Colossians 3:16 says,

 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.”

Such a rich indwelling of God’s word will greatly affect your Christian life. It will fill your heart with grace—the enjoyment of God.

And it will do so much more…if you “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

In this post we’ll consider eight vital functions of the Word of God that you can daily experience by letting His Word dwell in you richly. Then we’ll mention some practical ways to let God’s word dwell in you so that you enjoy these functions in your daily life.

Eight Vital Functions of the Word of God

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is “living and operative.” That means it’s “vital”—its functions are of  life–the divine life. And our receiving such a living and operative word is essential to our growth in God’s life.

Realizing these eight vital functions of the word of God will give you eight reasons to let His word dwell in you in a rich way.

1. Enlightening

First, God’s word enlightens us.  When the word of God comes, the first thing it does is bring light into our inner being. Consider God’s first speaking in the Bible,

 “And God said, Let there be light…” (Gen. 1:3).

 When God speaks, first there is light. When we let God’s word dwell in us, we will be inwardly enlightened. This was the testimony of the psalmist who said,

 “The opening of Your words gives light, imparting understanding to the simple.” (Psa. 119:130)

2. Nourishing

Second, the word of God becomes food to nourish us. This means that while God’s word is enlightening us, it also nourishes us.

In Matthew 4:4 the Lord Jesus said,

“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”

 By this word the Lord Jesus was indicating that He as a man took God’s word in the Scriptures as His food and lived on it. We should follow this pattern.

We should have the attitude of the Lord Jesus toward God’s Word, and consider it as food to nourish our inner man. In this way God’s Word will nourish us to live the Christian life.

3. Quenching your thirst

Third, the word of God quenches our thirst because it is the water of life.

Isaiah 55:10-11 says,

“For just as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and does not return there, until it waters the earth and makes it bear and sprout forth…so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me vainly, but will accomplish what I delight in, and will prosper in the matter to which I have sent it.”

These verses indicate that God sends His word to water His people to accomplish His purpose in them.

So when we receive God’s word into us, it waters us and  “makes us bear fruit and sprout forth.” That is,  it sanctifies us, transforms us, and conforms us to Christ’s image (Rom. 8:29).

 4. Strengthening

Fourth, the word of God makes us strong in our spirit and also in our soul. By such a strengthening in our spirit and soul, we will also be healthy in our body.

In 1 John 2:14 it says,

“…I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the evil one.

Being strong is connected to having the word of God abide or dwell in us.  When we let God’s word abide in us, it becomes the best cure for our spirit, soul and body. It really strengthens us and heals us.

5. Washing

Fifth, the word of God washes our inner being organically and metabolically.

Ephesians 5:26-27 says,

“That He [Christ] might sanctify her [the church], cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word, that He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

As we let the Word of Christ dwell in us, the washing water of life in His word cleanses us inwardly, metabolically removing all our spots and wrinkles, so that we might be beautified to be Christ’s bride.

6. Building

Sixth, the word of God builds us up. As believers in Christ, we are the many members of Christ’s Body, the church (Rom. 12:4-5). As such, we all need to be built together. But our natural, peculiar disposition, often makes it  difficult for anyone to deal with us, much less to build us together with our fellow members.

However, the word of God can touch us inwardly and make it possible for us to be built up in the church. Acts 20:32 says,

“And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up…”

When we let the word of God dwell in us, it will cause us to grow up into Christ, the Head of the Body, joining us together with His other growing members and causing us to be built together as His one  Body (Eph. 4:15-16).

7. Completing and perfecting

Seventh, as members of Christ’s Body, we all should function. But in order to function, we first need to be perfected by the Word of God. When God’s word nourishes us, we grow. Then through the growth, the functions come forth.

Second Timothy 3:16-17 says,

“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.”

 The nourishment we receive from the word of God completes us and perfects us as members of the Body. By letting the word of God dwell in us, we are not only nourished for our growth but perfected in our function.

8. Edifying

Finally, we also need to be edified, or built up in a personal way, to make up the lack in our virtues.

For example, we may be short of such virtues as patience, wisdom, humility, or kindness. As the word of God dwells in us, it edifies us in the matter of virtues.

The more we let the word of God dwell in us, the more virtues we will have. Our kindness, patience, wisdom, and humility will all be increased by the word of God dwelling in us.

How to let the word of God dwell in you in a richer way 

We need to let the word of Christ  make its home in us, giving it the full liberty, freedom, and right in our being. Here are some ways to give God’s word more room within you.

1. Feed – First, take the Word as your daily food to nourish you each morning (Jer. 15:16; 1 Tim. 4:6). You can do this very effectively by pray-reading or praying over two or three Bible verses with spontaneous prayers of thanksgiving, praise, or petition.

2. Read – Spend regular, daily times to read  through the Bible (Acts 17:11). It is good to read through the books of the New and Old Testament consecutively, according to a schedule. ReadHisWord.com has been a useful tool to keep me on track.

3. SingSing the Word as the psalmists and early believers did (Col. 3:16). You can sing hymns full of Scriptures or turn the verse you’re enjoying to song. Hymnal.net is a great resource for this.

4. Speak – Find some like-minded companions with whom you can speak the Word–mutually teaching and admonishing one another  (Col. 3:16).

In response to this word it’s good  to pray,

“Lord, I offer my whole being to You and Your word. I give You access to every part of my inner being. Lord, make my inner being a home for You and for Your word. Lord, I choose to let your Word dwell in me richly so that all of its living functions can operate in me to carry out Your will.”

If the points in this post have encouraged you to let the Word of God dwell in you, please share your appreciation in a comment or carry on the conversation on the Holding to Truth Facebook page.

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About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

37 Replies

  1. Amen to your sharing, brother Tom. We need to find and use many ways and means to let the word of God dwell richly in us. Reading it, praying it, singing it, meditating on it, memorizing it, and many other ways can be used to allow the word of God (who shines on us, nourishes us, waters us, washes us, builds us up, perfects us, convicts us, etc) to dwell in us richly.

    May we build up a habit of getting into the word of God in a living way so that the words in the Bible would become living to us, ministering life to our inner being.

    And as we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, His word from within us will speak to us, shine on us, nourish us, water us, convict us, supply us, edify us, and perfect us. The word of God can become part of our inward being, our constitution!

  2. keijo leppioja

    Yes and amen for the word to growing in us in as small a mustard seed first and later very great a tree of life in to glory fod God in us to be bearing a fruit of goodness in Christ,thanks and bless and pray,keijo sweden

  3. IKECHUKWU.

    this article…blessed me. thanks

  4. Jerry Minamb

    Hi Tom,
    I find myself fortunate to come accross the live giving words you have written as advices to many lives. Please I wish to keep in touch with you for more information about this topic.

    God bless you and your ministry.
    By jerry minamb

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoy the blog. It is really our desire that the Word of God would be so living and operative to work out God’s purpose in reaching and supplying His loving seekers with spiritual food and help to know God’s eternal plan. God bless you also as you seek the Lord for the fulfilling of His eternal purpose. Yes, lets keep in touch.

      1. shadrach

        Please is Jesus Christ God, I mean the creator of the world?

        1. Tom Smith

          Yes Jesus is the eternal God through Whom all things came into being. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Verse 3 says, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not one thing came into being which has come into being.” This refers to God’s original creation. Then verse 14 says, “And the Word became flesh…” This refers to Jesus was is the incarnate God. How wonderful that such a One makes the eternal God available for us to contact, receive and enjoy as grace and reality (vv. 14, 17)

  5. Robert

    Thank you so much for the word brother Tom. I love the way you share the word. God bless you

    1. Tom Smith

      Robert, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Letting God’s word dwell in us richly has tremendous benefits for our Christian life. I’ve just mentioned eight of these as reasons to let the word dwell in us. I’d just like to emphasize that God’s Word is not just a book–the Bible, but a living Person, the Lord Jesus Himself (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1). So whenever we come to the written word, we need to come to Christ as God’s living Word. When we match our coming to the Scriptures with coming to the Lord Jesus, we get life. John 5:39-40 says,”You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me.Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” To come to Christ in our coming to God’s word, I’ve found pray-reading to be most helpful. For details on this helpful practice, I’d recommend reading 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished. Thanks for your comment. I hope you’ll subscribe to the blog and come back often.

  6. EMILE

    thank you so much, bro Tom, i am really blessed by this article, pray God continue to inspire you.

  7. hasssan shall holma

    Am seriously feeling the building of the holy spirit in me i feel realy bless with your word thank you.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you were blessed by the word. It is the words of God’s grace that are able to build us up and bring us into the living that fulfills God’s eternal plan. I encourage you to feed on on God’s living words every day by reading with prayer, or pray-reading God’s word. Here is a post to help you enjoy the Spirit in you as you come to the Word: 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

  8. faith nkem

    Thank you so much brother tom, for this wonderful article, Am so blessed by it. I love the breaking down of the word in the article, may God bless you and your ministry in jesus name…shalom!

    1. Tom Smith

      May the Lord feed you richly with the word of Christ as you come to Him as God’s living Word in the written words of the Scriptures. The life element in God’s word is the supply that enables us to grow up in Christ. If you haven’t already done so, I recommend reading another post, 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished. These tips will also help you to receive more life from your daily Bible reading. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Elena

    I love your passion for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thank you for your words of wisdom through His Word. May God continue to shine His light upon you and that through the works of your hands, many people will come to know the truth and be set free.
    Blessed to be a blessing! God bless you abundantly.

  10. This article blessed me. The word of God dwells in me now and forever. His grace is sufficient. He is so faithful. I will forever honour and give glory to Him.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post and glad that the word of God is dwelling in you. I hope your appreciation encourages you to feed, read, sing and speak the Word as developed at the conclusion of the post. Feed on 2-3 verses by means of prayer every morning. Read a few chapters sequentially each day, for 10-20 minutes each time. Sing to the Lord the words that touched you. Making God’s word your song is a real blessing. Speak to someone you know what touched you from your feeding and reading. This may help them to be saved or to grow as a believer in Christ. Thanks for your comment.

  11. Bukola

    This message fed me.Thank you.

  12. Pst meshark

    God bless you

  13. rafael francisco del Puerto

    greatly appreciate this post . . . helps a lot with my weekly task of making sermon outlines easier. Thank you and God bless you.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Prayerful reading of the Bible is a solid base for a normal Christian life. The eight reasons listed in this post should also be a real encouragement to all the believers you care for to feed on God’s word that they grow in Christ. Thank you for your comment.

  14. joseph iheanyi chris obi

    I bless God for this message. It is very edifying and nourishing for me. It actually confirms my strong belief that the amount or quantity of the word of God in me is the quantum of God in me. I cannot profess to know God if His word which is Him does not richly dwell in me. Thank you and God bless. Furthermore can I get a tip from you on how to live life in the Spirit.

    1. Tom Smith

      Joseph,

      Seeing the vital functions of God’s word is a big encouragement for us to come to God’s word in a living way by touching the Spirit as its essence by the exercise of our spirit through prayer. As far as tips on how to live life in the Spirit, you may enjoy reading this post: “How to Live Christ.” Let me know if you found it helpful, or if you have any questions. Thanks for taking the time to express your appreciation in a comment.

  15. Tina

    Wow glory to God, I really enjoyed this post on allowing Gods word dwell in us richly am blessed and I had to teach it in my church n my people where so blessed, thanks to you for accepting Gods call on ur life more grace Man Of God, shallom!

    1. Tom Smith

      Appreciating the rich functions of the Word of God will give you ample reason to read God’s Word every day. It is also good to muse on these wonderful functions from time to time and ask the Lord to make each function, each benefit our personal experience. Thanks for the comment and keep feeding on God’s word daily.

  16. Odunyemi Tolulope

    God bless you for this write up sir, it as provided solution to my questions on that particular topic. More Grace!

  17. True Eric

    Amen I was really struggling with how the word of God can have a place in my life but now I finished to ready this post I m sure as I decided to change my life through what this post touch me I pray God to give me understanding what written in this post and how to make it in practical thank you very much

    1. Tom Smith

      Eric, I’m glad you enjoyed the post, 8 Reasons to Let the Word of God Dwell in You. Getting into God’s Word is so beneficial because God’s word has so many rich functions for our experience. When we receive it by means of all prayer, we’re supplied with the life supply we need to live the daily Christian life. Thanks for the comment…and do let me know how it goes in fresh pursuit to reading God’s word.

  18. Ishaka Audu

    Your messages has inspired me at the right time.
    My eyes are open to reading my scriptures regularly .
    I really appreciate you .
    The lord bless you richly and encourage you more to do His work without struggle .

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post. God’s word is living and operative (Heb. 4:12). If we have the proper view and attitude when we read it, we will receive eternal benefit. Sadly many people only use their mind to analyze its teachings. They fail to use their spirit, by meas of prayer to receive the divine spirit and life (John 6:63) that will supply them to live the overcoming Christian life and church life. Keep coming to the Lord in His word each day and you get life (John 5:39-40). Thanks for your encouraging comment.

  19. Rose Edwin

    Thanks so so much; it touches my heart this very night. I needed a word to soothe my lonely life and I found it on a platter of gold. I pray that it will work wonders in me. Thanks!

    1. Tom Smith

      I’m so glad that you found “8 Reasons to Let the Word of God Dwell in You” touching to your heart. In God’s Word we find the real help to meet our need whether comfort, encouragement, joy and so much more. But even more, the Word works out God’s will in us, carrying all the wonderful things that God’s has planned for us according to His eternal purpose. God’s word testifies concerning Christ so that we may come to Him to receive eternal life (John 5:39-40). God’s Word regenerates us (1 Peter 1:23). God’s Word nourishes us that we may grow in God’s salvation (1 Peter 2:2-3; Matt. 4:4) God’s Word also equips us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Praise the Lord for God’s Word! Thanks for taking the time to sharing your confirming comment.

  20. Shem Adah

    It’s been refreshing , my hope and faith is built up.
    I was burdened and needed to hear some words of encouragement

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you found this post refreshing. When we speak the words of the faith from the Bible they surely build up our faith and hope. Faith is an issue of hearing the Word of Christ (Rom. 10:17). This should be a further encouragement for us to read our Bible every day by praying in spirit (Eph. 6:17-18). By such pray-reading, we touch the essence of the Scriptures which is the Spirit (Gal. 3:2, 5). In this way all that the Spirit is (Gal. 5:22-23) is being transmitted into us for our enjoyment and encouragement (Jer. 15:16). What a reason to let God’s word dwell in us richly! Thanks for taking the time to leave a confirming comment.

  21. Courage Dartey

    This article is really helpful. I am supposed to Teach on “Dwelling on the Word” tomorrow. I think i have found the answers to my many questions here.
    God bless you richly.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you found the post helpful in answering your questions regarding “Dwelling on the Word.” In addition to seeing the benefits of dwelling on the Word which come from the functions of God’s word, it may also be good, at another time to consider the different way to let the Word dwell in you richly (Col. 3:16). This involves not only reading the Word, but pray-reading it, sing-reading it, and musing upon the Word.
      I hope you’ll take the time to follow the links to the posts on each of these ways to let the word dwell in you richly. Thanks for the comment and do come back often!

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