Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to read your bible

This past Sunday the pastor challenged the congregation to read a chaptor of the bible every day for three weeks.  This is not a hard thing for those who read it each day.  For some, it is rather daunting.  Here's how I do it.  I would not tell anyone how to read their bible...this is just how I do it.

I have been in the word of God for many years.  I've read the entire bible a few times.  No, I'm not bragging because the word of God is new each time you read it.  It is the living word not the same old same old.  God speaks to all who read it whether it's once or a hundred times.

I say this so you will understand how I read it now.  I have the mindset of spending time with the Lord.  It's my quiet time.  I turn off the tv, the radio and get into a quiet place.  This was hard to do when working full time and raising a family.  I did manage to find about fifteen minutes, that's all it takes. Now that I am retired I have more time and rereading material is like catching something brand new from the same book.

I began to open the bible in a different place each day, rather than my old study days where I read a entire book and studying it.  I find it relaxing and exciting at the same time.

I usually end up reading more than one chaptor though.  I want to see what happens next or how did the text get to where it is.  Either way, I always leave with two things.  I get a message from the passage and I spend time with the Lord.He reveals himself a little more each day, from every book of the bible.

Now I'll be honest with you, I'm not that fond of geneolgies in the bible.  Who begat who and what their name is can be boring.  Yet every once in a while I snag a name that is famiiar with the word I read a while ago.  For someone who lives in the east, I'm sure it's fun to find their family roots though.

Either way you read your bible is a good thing.  It feeds the soul.  Never read your bible like a book, putting down after you finish; never to pick up again.  So many people tell me, 'The bible?  Sure I've read it, didn't do much though.  It's a good story.  I know all about it.'

Read your bible with the expectation that God will speak to you and give you something for today.  Thank him for his word.  Apply that word to your life.  Take the challenge my pastor gave.  You establish a habit after doing it for three weeks.  It's amazing what you'll find.

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