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Read the Bible

by on July 1, 2013

 

 

Why don’t people read the Bible? Everyone seems to know that the Bible is the Word of God or, at least they know that it is important. If that is true, then why do they not read it? 

The simple reading of the Scripture is one of the most dynamic and changing experiences of life. It is likened to washing with water in Ephesians 5:26. A daily reading in the Word keeps a person clean: mind, body, and soul. 

That is not to recommend a perfunctory reading per a schedule so that you can cross off the days as you read them. But, read with a hungry heart and mind. Read like you would read a love letter or your grandpa’s will. Read to learn and to know – to know the truth and to know the God who is The Truth. 

Read whole books at one sitting. That way you will get a picture of what is being communicated. A picture emerges as you read entire sections of the Scripture. Read Isaiah at one sitting. Get to know Isaiah and his message. Close out the distractions and focus and concentrate on God speaking to you through His word.  You will be amazed at how the Bible comes alive to you when you do that. 

Most people experience the Bible vicariously. They allow the teachers, preachers, and commentators to do their reading and understanding for them. These people are missing a huge blessing, not to mention the friendship of the Lord through the Holy Spirit. 

So, pick up your Bible. Read it eagerly – eager to learn and to obey. It will fill you with knowledge and joy – real joy in and of the Holy Spirit.

 

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable:

 for doctrine,

 for reproof,

 for correction,

 for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete,

 thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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