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7 Scriptures that encourage us to read the Bible everyday.

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{Note: This post appeared three years ago and has been one of the most viewed posts on this page simply from search engine results. I repost it for those who have been reading after it came out. I hope it helps you mature in Christian service.}

If I were to ask you to describe the activities of a good Christian, you would no doubt mention actions such as praying and reading the Bible often. Of course, often for some people is every day, others several times a week, others read a chapter or two a day.

Today, and ever since the Gutenberg press was invented, we have truly been living in an age of feasting, if only we would come to the meal. The Bible is there and it is available for us to read, to meditate upon and to nourish us. There are many proverbial reasons that can be given to encourage us to read daily but what does the Bible say?

I will list 7 scriptures but want to hear from you what your favorite passages are.

  1. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Scriptures serves many purposes in our lives: Reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness but at the end of it, the man of God is thoroughly equipped for every good work by the Scriptures. Don’t be ill-equipped, Read!
  2. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 The King of Israel was instructed not just to write himself a copy of the law but to read from it every day. Leaders (ministers, elders, etc.) especially need the promise of this passage. Reading God’s word will keep us oriented, on the right path, and most of all, Humble!
  3. Amos 8:11 God warned of  a famine of His word among His people. He would take away the prophets and His words because they wouldn’t listen to Him. Today, we have great access to God’s word. If you don’t read it, you create your own famine. Who is worse off? The person who can read and doesn’t or the person who can’t read at all?
  4. Psalms 1  More than just reading God’s word, meditating on it is important. If you don’t wrestle with the application of it in your life, you may just think “Mmmm, nice thought” and go on with your life unchanged. Meditate and prosper!
  5. Acts 17:11 The process of learning is also a process of searching the Scriptures. We have so many people who will tell us what God wants of us but until we begin the process of examining their (teaching/motto/philosophy) with God’s word, we won’t be able to know if it is Godly or only sounds Godly.
  6. Psalms 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to God’s word.  When we pray “lead us not into temptation” many times God is saying ” I am trying to tell you but you won’t listen”. Reading God’s word instructs in both the ways of righteousness and the ways of error.
  7. Psalm 19:10-11 They are more valuable than gold and silver. When we truly bring the world of God into our lives and allow it to be written on our hearts, we find true wealth and contentment beyond the rat race of this world and its egotistical purposes.

So much more could be said on each of these passages. They are worthy of a blog post all their own and may yet get them.

Question: What Bible verse(s) help you draw the conclusion that Christians ought to read God’s word often…or even every day?

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The Word of God-what is it?

When someone talks to you about the Word of God, do you imagine a book…or do you imagine a person?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (Joh 1:1)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (Joh 1:14)

I am intrigued by the usage of the the word “Word” for both Jesus and what we commonly call the Bible. Actually, it is more accurate to say that the phrase “word of God” also applies to the teachings that come from God.  But then Jesus also came from God. It is as if God said, “I can tell you” or “I can show you” and He choose to do both.

Jesus is not just the messenger but the message as well. Moses said that God would send a prophet that we need to listen to and those who do not listen will be cut off. (Dt 18) Jesus taught that he was the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except by him (John 14)  and so it is important that we listen to the Word. No, it is not important…it is essential.

We all have ideas of what God says or wants us to do…but if you really want to know what God wants from us, why not consult his Word? Paul wrote to Timothy that:

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2Ti 3:14-17)

The Word of God is not just words on a page, it is living and active….it teaches and corrects, it teaches and equips. But it can only do that for those who choose to expose themselves to it.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

It can be painful or challenging to us to learn things we need to correct. Sometimes being convicted about this or that activity causes us a lot of difficulty but it is all for our own good…our eternal good.

This post has one purpose…encourage you to read your Bible! Listen to Jesus!

 

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