How To ENJOY Reading The Bible
Do you struggle reading the Bible?
If you do, I’ve got a tip that will help You to ENJOY the Bible much more.
This is the difference between someone who finds the Bible boring and someone who gets life from the Bible every single day.
Read the Bible SLOWLY!
If you read the Bible fast, you are going through the Bible. If you read it slowly, the Bible is going through you.
If you just read the Bible to finish it, that’s a rubbish reason to read the Bible. It doesn’t matter if it takes your whole life to read the Bible. It doesn’t even matter if you finish the Bible or not. What matters is that it changes your heart!
The aim of the Bible is to make us more like God. It is not so we be proud of how much we’ve read.
Here is an example of reading the Bible slowly.
Philippians 4:3 says:
‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.’
There are four parts to this verse. The first part says, ‘don’t worry about anything’.
Now think about the fact that God is in control of everything (except for our free will). He’s telling you “‘don’t worry’ because I’ve placed good and bad things in your life for a REASON.”
The bad things are usually used by God to develop our endurance. So we can be joyful because God disciplines us through tough circumstances.
Hebrews 12:6 says:
‘The Lord disciplines the one he loves.’
In the same way, we can be joyful and grateful to God for the good things. We can be grateful for the good AND the bad. God can use all things for good for those who love him. He has the best plans for you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.
We don’t have to worry. It will LITERALLY make no positive difference to your future if you worry. But you know what will make a positive difference to your future?
Listen to the second part of this verse, it is even more amazing!
It says, ‘instead, pray about everything’.
We can replace worry with prayer. Prayer is 100,000 billion times more effective than worrying. Why?
If you pray to God, you’re drawing closer to him. You’re communicating with him. That’s why he placed you on this earth, to be in a relationship with him. We can be in a relationship with the all-powerful, omnipresent, infinite God of the universe.
Replacing worry with prayer is infinitely better.
See how much we’ve already got from reading this verse SLOWLY. Thinking and meditating on just one verse can change your heart and change your life.
The third part of the verse says, ‘tell God what you need.’
GOD ALREADY KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED!
BUT he just wants to communicate with you. He just wants to be with you. He wants you to let him know that you need him.
Finally, it says, ‘thank him for all he has done.’
THIS is an incredible truth. à It is impossible to be thankful to God AND sin at the same time. It’s impossible!
If we are prideful, judging others or worrying, we can replace it with thankfulness.
ALL LIFE comes from him. EVERY GOOD THING in your life is a gift from him. FOOD is a gift from him. We can have overwhelming joy when we appreciate the gravity of how much we have been blessed.
Being thankful will give you 10 billion times more joy than worrying ever will.
See how much we’ve got from ONE Bible verse.
Imagine if you did that every day! That would be so much better than reading 10 chapters of the Bible and not letting it change your heart.
Going through the Bible gives you head knowledge. But if you let the Bible go through you, then that gives you heart knowledge. That kind of knowledge is infinitely more valuable.
Proverbs 4:23 says:
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’
All life flows from the heart!
This is the first blog post in a series of 5 posts on ‘How To ENJOY Reading The Bible’. You can find the next post here. Or you can watch the whole series on YouTube here. 😀
Every blog post and video I build on the last video and give you an extra tip. Why? Because the Bible is essential if you want to live a victorious Christian life! If you want to live like Jesus, it is vital to read the Bible.
So, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could actually ENJOY reading the Bible?
Author: Joshua Moore
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