Why should I read the bible?
The bible is the living word of God. Many people want to know more about God, but have not taken the time to pick up the book that was written for them by the Holy Spirit. The bible contains direction for every situation that can occur in this life. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We like to call it our day-to-day road map.
For a believer, reading the bible is like having an ever-ready GPS to help you through the most difficult situations life brings. In the bible, you can find passages on topics such as healing and hope to ways to overcome difficult situations and how to find God’s plan for your future. Reading the bible is the true way to tap into all the kingdom has for you before and after you have received Christ. Consistent study is a great way to learn and grow as a believer, but also to keep the flesh in check and to make conscientious decisions.
Find the time to read: today!
Even as a long-time believer, it may be difficult to “find time” to read the bible or spare thirty minutes in your hectic schedule to study. Please do not accept that excuse! We have to make time for such an important part of our day. Having the instructions handy is a key function of success in any area of life. During a standard day, we each make decisions that impact our lives for days, weeks, months or even years. It’s much easier to be in tune with God’s perfect direction and perfect will when we focus on what he’s already shared with us in the Holy Bible.
The reason finding time to read every day is difficult is because it is so important to you and your future! Satan is the father of confusion, and if he can keep you away from the word of God, he can deceive you in your life. His power is in deception and ignorance, so don’t allow a lack of time prevent you from knowing and growing in the sound knowledge of God.
Is your foundation on the rock or on sinking sand?
In Matthew 7:24-27, there is a great story about a man that builds his house on a solid rock and another man that builds his house on sinking sand. The winds and storms of this life came and beat against both houses. The same issues, the same problems, and the same troubles came to the house of both men, but because the solid rock created such a strong foundation, the first man’s house sustained and thrived in the storm. The second man did not fare as well as the first because his house was not on the firm foundation. His house fell. This is a great representation of the importance of hearing and studying the word of God and applying it to our daily life.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 that anyone who hears the word of God and applies it is a wise man that builds his house on the rock. Once you have the truth about a situation in your heart, you can apply it. Don’t allow your house to fall by being negligent in study. Devote time to the word and you will find greater peace and wisdom in your spirit to tackle whatever comes up in this life; you will literally be standing on the word of God.
Do not let busyness dissuade you from studying what God has promised for you and your life in the bible.
How do I study?
Some individuals have difficulty understanding the word of God. The answer to this problem is simple: ask the Holy Spirit for guidance as you read and He will assist you in learning. And remember, as you study a specific topic such as faith or wisdom, it is important to find several scriptures on that subject to base your belief system on rather than just one. This will prevent confusion in your study and allow you to see the full breadth of what God says on the area in question. A great resource is a simple one-year bible plan to help stay on track in your reading.
Many bibles have such a plan at the end of the book, but there are a wide variety of options online. One of our favorites is One Year Bible Online. Do you have a resource you use that we haven’t listed? Share with us below!