Read your Bible

5 Mar

I am always surprised and disappointed by the large amount of Christians who don’t read their Bible. Thousands of Christians have died so that we can have the Bible today, yet we are simply “too busy” to pick it up. This is a very basic and fundamental part of our faith. If you say that you’re a Christian and don’t read the Bible, it’s like taking a class and not reading the text book… You are going to fail. It’s not a hard concept, but here are a few reasons why reading the Bible is so important.

1.   It is Jesus.

1 John 1:1 says, “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. The Bible is Jesus. When we read our Bible, we are in direct relationship with Him.

2.   It is alive.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” The Bible is not just a book. As I said in the last point, it is literally Jesus- alive and breathing. The Bible has the power to speak to us on levels that no other book can. It can examine our deepest motives and desires.

3.   It is written by God.

I Peter 1:20-21 says, “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” The Bible is not a book merely written by men. The Bible was literally written by God (through the prophets) for us, and in it we find the answers to all of our questions.

4.   It speaks.

When you ignore God’s Word, you are ignoring God’s voice. You are eliminating one of the primary ways he speaks to us on a regular basis. The Bible encourages us and also convicts. 1 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” The Bible will keep us on the right track. It will convict us in areas, encourage us, and give us more passion for Christ.

5.   It is relevant.

The Bible is timeless and eternal. Luke 21:33 Jesus says,” Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  A lot of people look at it as a book that was written by a bunch of old dudes thousands of years ago… so what could it possibly have to say that is relevant to our lives today? I challenge you to give it a try.

 

What you should do:

  • Find a translation you can understand. Many people give up on reading the Bible because they can’t understand the language in which it is written. Find a translation that works for you. I recommend NIV (New International Version), NLT (New Living Translation), or The Message. God will speak to you regardless of the translation you choose.
  •  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and speak to you. Before you start reading, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and help you understand.
  • Read it every day. Consistency is the key. Try to read some every day, even if it is just a little bit. There is no substitute for the Bible. Church, podcasts, and worship music cannot do what the Bible can.
  • Talk about it. Reading the Bible without thinking about it is like eating a meal without digesting it. Thinking and talking about it will help you to digest it. Deuteronomy 6 gives us practical instructions on how to do this. It says this about the scriptures: “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
  •  Read, re-read, and memorize it. Because the Bible is alive, you can read it 100 times and God will still teach you something from it. We should also memorize it and hide it in our hearts to help us serve God better.
  • Just do it. It doesn’t matter whether you do it in the morning or at night, in your bedroom or at Starbucks, on your phone or from a Bible… How you do it isn’t what matters, it’s just that you do it.

 

On a personal note: I can say that the Bible is amazing because of what it has done for me. I am constantly challenged by what it has to say. God speaks to me through His word on a regular basis. When I read it I feel closer to God and am inspired to serve Him more.

Give God the chance to speak into your life. Read your Bible.

 

2 Responses to “Read your Bible”

  1. Deb Graper March 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Perfect Aimee!!!! Love it!

  2. Gracedbygod April 24, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Good :) you know I appreciate this since I have told you before that this was something that I struggled with. Now I am doing much better and I am enjoying it:) its amazing how I am starting to understand Jesus’ heart in the new testament. Some of the words really hit home and allow me to understand just how much He does love us. Well done kid.

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