Why do we read the bible?
“The Bible is the written Word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The voice of God, however, is alive and free as the Sovereign God is alive and free.” A.W Tozer “The Pursuit of God”
In John 6:63 Jesus says that His words are SPIRIT and LIFE. God’s word within the bible only has power as it corresponds to God’s word in the universe. It is the presence and voice of God (the Holy Spirit) which gives the Bible it’s power.
It’s important to realize that we cannot read the Bible as simply as we would a romantic novel, text book, history book, adventure book, documentary, or biography. There is no doubt that these genres/stories exist within the Bible (and very few books can match the story-telling brilliance of the Bible) but this is not the point. The Bible is God’s love letter to us and His full revelation to us. While you read be conscious of the Holy Spirit (God’s voice) because they go together, one complimenting the other. God will never tell you to do something that is not, in principle, confirmed in the Bible. If you don’t read the Bible how can you really know if God is speaking to you or if it’s you making stuff up in your head? If you don’t believe me, try having
There’s a saying that goes like this, “It doesn’t matter what you know until you know what matters“. This is especially true for reading the Bible. It doesn’t matter how much you read, if you’re not connecting and dialoguing with God as you do it – you’re wasting your time. So, next time you decide to read the bible try the following (this works for me):
- Open in prayer. Before you read anything ask God to guide your reading and reveal to you what He is trying to tell you through His Word (The Bible).
- Read a passage (if you don’t know where to start as a leader) and ask these questions as you go: What is the message of this passage/story? What does this story teach me about God? How does this story apply to my life?
- Then spend some time reflecting and journaling about the answers to these questions. You’ll begin to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you about certain things.
- Close with prayer. Thank God for speaking to you, and ask Him for the strength and courage to implement what you have just learned into your life.
Do this, and watch how your spiritual world expands and your relationship with God goes to the next level!
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