Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.
So it’s vital to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To boost your Bible reading, make sure to avoid these 3 big mistakes.
Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.
Perhaps you are so wanting to get into the Word, you forget to ask God for help understand what you are about to read. This is easy 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’s a good one to focus on — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”
Isn’t a great prayer? recommended reading Why not make it 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 which could seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to read the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you currently reading a devotional book instead?
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: Be sure to are spending time actually reading the Bible!
A true believer has a love for the term 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. There are so many good ones out there! But don’t 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 would love to do that for you personally!
Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.
When you browse the Bible, how do you start it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you have a tendency 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: Read the Bible one book at the same time.
Remember that the Bible is a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is area of the One Story that God is telling us.
But each book can be a complete story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (like the shorter books of the New Testament compiled by Paul, Peter, James and John).
So I encourage you to read one book at the same time, each one in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. If you read a chapter a day, it will take about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters each day, it will require 3 months.
So set a goal to read the entire New Testament inside a certain period of time. Wouldn’t that be cool?
And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that 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’ll find yourself caught up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.