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Bible Reading – ARE YOU CURRENTLY Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (What to Do Instead)

Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our daily bread, and without it you’ll turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s vital to spend quality time in the Bible every day. To improve your Bible reading, make sure to avoid these 3 big mistakes.

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so eager to get into the Word, you forget to ask God for help understand what you are about to read. This is an easy task to do.

What to do instead: Get into the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to start with — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t that a great prayer? Why not ensure it is your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and the other is spiritual. And we need God’s help focus our spiritual eyes so we are able to “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

Bible Reading Mistake #2 – Not actually reading the Bible.

Here’s a question that may seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to learn the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you reading a devotional book instead?

Jeremiah 33:3 Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books about the Bible. But an excellent devotional is no substitute for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Ensure you are spending time actually reading the Bible!

A true believer has a love for the Word that compels him/her to hunger and thirst for God’s truth.

Again, it’s OK to read Bible study guides and commentaries along with other books about spiritual growth. You can find so many good ones on the market! But do not forget to simply open the Book and read the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Are you experiencing an appetite for God’s Word? Or even, ask God to provide it to you. He’d love to do that for you!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you read the Bible, how do you go about it? Do you have a handful of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible so that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Browse the Bible one book at a time.

Don’t forget that the Bible is a book of books. You can find 66 books in the Bible, and each is area of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book is also a whole story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (just like the shorter books of the New Testament written by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage you to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. In the event that you read a chapter each day, it will take about 9 months. In the event that you read 3 chapters a day, it will require 3 months.

So set a goal to read the entire New Testament inside a certain time period. Wouldn’t that be cool?

And you’ll cultivate a love for God’s Word which will have life-changing results. For as you may spend quality time in the term, you are spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you will find yourself swept up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.

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