Today I have some great news for you and that is that you can change effortlessly. If you would just take the Word of God and make it per...Priority in your life... Plant it in your heart, the Word of God will just change you without you even realizing it's happening. It really is that simple, and that's not necessarily easy because one of the hardest things you'll ever do is to unplug from all of the distractions that this world has to offer and just focus on the Word of God. Now, that takes effort, but if you will just put the effort into the Word of God, then the Word of God will change you effortlessly. Man, that's what I've been talking about now for two weeks, and I tell you, I've already covered some really, really good things.
Let me just mention that... That I am encouraging everybody to read through the Bible in one year. The scripture says that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, not just a portion of it, all of it, and there are many Christians that have never read the who...Whole Bible, and I tell you, you need a plan to be able to go through it. This is the same Bible reading plan that our Bible college students use. They have to read through the... The entire Bible one time in the first year of their classes, and so this is a free gift to you, and then we have this living commentary, which I have spent... I've probably spent 20 years writing this living commentary on my Bible, but this is actually 46 years' worth of studying the Word of God, I mean just pouring through it and I've written over 18,000 footnotes on 18,000 verses in the...In the Bible. This is a tremendous blessing.
We're offering this as well as this teaching on effortless change, and I encourage you to please get that. It will make a big difference in your life. Today I want to turn over to Psalms, chapter 19, and I just want to share some of the things that the Bible says about itself. I've been talking about how that the Word of God is alive and it's powerful and that this is the dominant way that God speaks to you, that this... I used scriptures yesterday out of 2 Peter, chapter 1 that men were... Wrote scriptures as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit. This isn't a book by men about God, this is a book from God through men, and they are liter... It is God literally speaking to us, and here are some of the things that the Bible says about itself, and there are many, many, many... I'm just picking a few here.
Turn over to Psalms, chapter 19, and in verse 7 it says, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins: let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, o Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
You know, I read through all of these verses, but man, this is just power packed with things that the Bible says about itself. In verse 7 it says, "The law of the Lord is perfect". I tell you, one of the criticisms that many people have against the Bible is that it's just a men's document and it doesn't apply to us. You know, we had a president of the United States, I won't call his name, but for anybody who knows our history, you'll probably be able to figure this out. I'm not against a person, I'm just saying that here's a person in the highest position in the United States that proclaimed to be a Christian, claimed that they were a born again Christian, and yet they took a stand for abortion, they took a stand for homosexuality, they were for everything that the Bible was against, and they were against everything that the Bible was for.
And during one of their press conferences one of the reporters asked them, you claim to be a born again Christian and yet you are taking stands on social issues that are directly contrary to scripture, and they said, how do you justify that? And this president of the United States says, the Bible is...It's God's word and he said that, you know, this is God and it is God's word, but it was written by men, it was full of their prejudice and of their... You know, situations that they wrote in thousands of years ago and it doesn't really apply to us. We have to update it, we have to make it relevant to our society, and basically what he did was say, that the law of the Lord is not perfect, that it was just written by men, that it might have been God inspired, but by the time it got out through them it was corrupted and polluted and we have to on our own decide which parts we want to take and which parts we don't want to take.
I'm telling you, that is a terrible, terrible attitude. There's probably people watching this program right now that your attitude is something similar to that, and yet many of you say, oh no, I believe it's the Bible. Well, if you really believe that this is God speaking to you, how come you've never even read the whole thing? I'm not saying this to hurt anybody, but I'm saying it's inconsistent. If this is really God speaking to us... If this is, as I quoted yesterday, Hebrews, chapter 4, verse 12, it's alive, it's quick, it's powerful, it's sharper than any two edged sword and it'll pierce right to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and joint and marrow and be a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of your heart. If that's true, then why don't we read it? Why don't we study it?
I'm telling you, the reason most people do not make the Word of God priority in their life and spend time studying the word is because they don't believe that it's perfect. They believe there's all kinds of inconsistencies in it. That's not true. That is not true. I can guarantee you: I don't think there's anybody watching this program that has studied the word more than I have. Now, there may be. I'm...I'm sure there's somebody who's studied the word more than I have, but I can guarantee you, 99.9% of you, I have spent more time studying the word and reading it than any of you have and I have seen things that look contradictory at one time, but as I study it, man, they balance each other perfectly and it doesn't contradict. The Word of God is perfect, just like this is saying... And it says, converting the soul. If you study these Hebrew words back, not the very definition of this Hebrew word right here, but if you study it and trace it back in its meaning, it literally means that this is... When it converts the soul, it means, to restore to an original condition.