Sunday, January 23, 2022

7 Reasons Why We Need To Read the Bible

1.  To see what it actually says -
Many have strong opinions about the Bible but many have not even read it.  I recently read that  only 15% of those who claim to be Bible-believing Christians regularly read the Bible and  35% never read it at all. The other 50% only read it occasionally.

  You will want to read it, study it and understand it and so you can personally know what it says.  Many times Christians who attend church go Sunday to Sunday where they don’t read the Bible for themselves but rely on their pastor to read it.   We need to be in it every day. You might be thinking to yourself….  it's confusing to understand.  One of my favorite things to use along side the Bible when I am reading it every day is a Bible Commentary called Unlocking the Bible.  It’s a simple easy to read commentary that take you through every book, chapter and verse of the Bible.  It’s written in simple English so that anyone can understand it.  There is also a video series to go along with each book.

2.  To know God
We get to know God through a personal relationship with Jesus.  This is built by walking with him and talking with him and you find out what He’s like.  For instance, if you want to get to know someone new to you . . how do you do that?  You have to spend time with them. . . God is no different.  You have to spend time with him so that get to know that He’s like, what He thinks . .what He feels what He has done and what He is still doing.  Song of Solomon 2:4 says, “He brought me into His banqueting house and His banner of me was love."

3.  To hear God.
God speaks and God has already spoken.  We serve a God who still today sees, hears, moves and speaks .  There are a few different ways that God speaks to us today - maybe a dream, a vision, an angelic visitation, a prophetic word from someone but the most common way for God to speak to us is through His Word . In 2 Timothy 3 it says "All Scripture is inspired by God". . . it doesn’t say some or just a certain book of the Bible but ALL Scripture - every book, every chapter every verse . . .it’s the inspired word of God.   Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”  so if you want to grow in faith and you want to hear God’s word than you must read your Bible.  So as you read the Bible see how you can apply to your own life.  

4.  To Find your identity and purpose
We live in a world where we have voices trying to  tell us who we should be or who they want us to be.  So many struggle with identity, insecurity, self confidence.  They don’t know who they really are why they are even here.  But the Bible actually tells us the truth of who we are.  You will find your purpose, your true identity, who you really are and why you were created in the Bible.  God has a plan for your life because we were created with a purpose, and a destiny and a mission and the Bible helps us find our unique role in  human history.  

5.  To know how to live
In 2 Timothy 3:16  - "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 values of this world we live in our so opposite of the values of God so we need His Word to teach us how to live because the nature of the world is just pulling us towards sin, temptation and towards selfish sinful nature so we need God to help us  so that we can live rightly.  The Bible will  help teach us how to follow Jesus, how to live our life, it will give us wisdom and understanding and it will help us stay on that narrow path.  The One who created us . . He knows the pathway to freedom and true joy and so when you walk according to his word you know how to live and you know how to live a full life.  

6.  Find out about the future
The Bible is not just a book about things that have happened in the past but the Bible actually says a lot of about things to come.  the Bible  talks about eternity or life after death.  Every single person  in the world will meet the Lord face to face.  And the life that we live here on this earth will dictate our eternal future . . whether that’s heaven or hell.  So we want to know what the Bible says about those things so we know how to make decisions today that will dictate our eternal future.  We also get to find out about the End Times .  God wants us to be prepared so He has told us in advance in great detail of the things that are yet  to come.  

7.  To delight in it
Reading the Bible doesn’t have to be your “Christian duty” but it can actually be your daily delight.
Psalm 1:1-3 says,  "Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But blessed are they that delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.

Most people approach the Bible that it’s super boring and super confusing and I’m sure there are parts that seem irrelevant that seem like what in the world is it talking about.  But the Lord wants to give us vision and fascination when reading the word of God.    But when you dive daily into the word you aren’t just reading the Bible to get information  You are opening up the Bible to meet and talk with a Person.  It can get enjoyable  . . it doesn’t have to be boring.       
The Bible is the doorway to revelation and experiencing God.  It really can be exciting and exhilarating.  When God gives you revelation or something you haven’t seen before in the Word it can actually be exciting.  The more you read it the more you will fall in love with the word and you will crave reading it.  

I hope today's post will encourage you to dive into the Word of God so you can get all the benefits available to you!

Have a blessed and beautiful day!