“I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” Psalm 119:15-16 (NLT)
We read the Bible because we know how valuable it is to our entire lives. It is water to our spirit. And since our spirit is eternal, it supersedes and shapes our natural being as well — body, mind, emotions, and will. We read God’s Word because it gives us energy, clears the mind, directs our path, draws us to God, abates our worries and satisfies our soul!
1. Read the Bible for Guidance.
If God can direct the universe, then He can direct our lives through the Bible. Reading the Owner’s Manual to Life (the Bible) is the only way to live life at its best design.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
2. Read the Bible for Sustenance.
We are both physical and spiritual beings, so we need natural food and supernatural food to stay strong and healthy. Also, during difficult seasons in life, we may need a lot of spiritual nourishment. Reading the Bible provides that necessary nourishment.
“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
3. Read the Bible because it’s Alive.
The Bible is not only a physical book, it is a supernatural Source of Good. It is God’s Living Water (His Presence) moving through our lives (John 7:38) as we read it. Read the Bible and God’s energy pours into our lives.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
4. Read the Bible for Blessing.
Reading the Bible promotes wellness in our lives as we allow it to shape our beliefs, thoughts and actions. We may not feel the results of its nourishment at first, but our daily reading will eventually become evident.
“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says …” Revelation 1:3 (NLT)
5. Read the Bible to Purify.
Reading the Bible is to the spirit like water is to the body, it purifies! Reading the Bible gets rid of all the spiritual toxins (doubt, worry, fear, etc.) and replaces them with pure liquid Jesus and all that good found in Him! Reading the Bible refreshes and revives us!
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” Psalm 119:9 (NKJV)
6. Read the Bible for Correction and Equipping.
We can live in victory because the Bible is cutting out all that is not of God and replacing it with things that actually help us overcome. Letting God correct us by reading the Bible leaves room for Him to equip us. Reading the Bible gives us everything we need each day to be victorious!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
7. Read the Bible for more Jesus.
The Bible says Jesus is the Word spoken to create and redeem all of us. Jesus is the Person of God and His presence flows in the Bible. When we read the Bible, we drink the very presence of Jesus and all that good contained in Him.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” John 1:1-3 (NLT)
8. Read the Bible for Healing.
The well-spring of Jesus’s healing power is found in the Bible. Once we fully believe God and His promises found in His Word, our faith WILL activate Jesus’s power in our spiritual, physical, relational, emotional and mental lives! We just need to read the Bible to get that power!
“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)
9. Read the Bible because it’s our Offensive Weapon.
God protects us, and He does give us one tool to fight back and to overcome, the Bible! Reading the Bible every day will make us better at wielding our Swords and fighting the good fight of faith. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 We can only have victory each day by reading the Bible.
“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)
10. Read the Bible because it’s Freedom.
If we feel oppressed by thoughts or limited by our own attitudes, the Bible is Truth. And once we know the truth about who we are in Christ by reading the Bible, we will live in the freedom God has given us as His children and co-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17 Read the Bible and walk in complete freedom!
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NLT)
11. Read the Bible because it’s Eternal.
Every promise the Bible gives us, as we read it each day, stays with us forever! Everything in this world will fade except those things rooted to Christ. Read the Bible and discover what’s eternal, so we can apply eternity to our daily lives on earth!
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Matthew 24:35 (NLT)
Copyright © Alisa Hope Wagner, used with permission.
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