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  1. Overview of Walk with the Word
  2. The Cultural Mandate for Walk with the Word
  3. The Believer's Need for the Word
  4. The Theme of Walk with the Word
  5. The Walk with the Word Reading Plan
  6. How to Use Walk with the Word

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Chapter 1: Overview of Walk with the Word

God's Word is not just a book for Christians to read, but the only offensive weapon provided in our spiritual warfare arsenal:

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
—Ephesians 6:10-17

As the preacher said, "There's nothing new under the sun." Well, there's nothing new on this web site either; nothing that hasn't been suggested and advocated for a couple of millennia. Walk with the Word is but a reminder—as every generation is reminded by someone—that Believers need only commit themselves and their ministries to consistent immersion in the Bible to hear God speaking personally today.

Three times that we're aware of, God personally wrote instructions for man: The original tablets provided to Moses, on the wall for a king during Daniel's time, and in the dirt for over-zealous religious leaders during Jesus' time. This demonstrates that God could have personally written and handed down the entire Bible without man as an intermediary but rather CHOSE to speak through man, through what has been captured as the books of the Bible.

As noted in the passage from Ephesians above, the Bible is not only the medium that connects God's mouth to our ear, but is the ONLY offensive weapon with which we wage spiritual warfare. If we don't pay attention to it—don't clean it, keep it sharp, practice wielding it—we're vulnerable to the persuasions of another voice not of God. Every successful "revival" or "movement" has been sparked by recommitment to wielding this weapon, to hearing God speak through His Word.

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