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11 Reasons Why We Should Read the Bible

by Alisa Hope Wagner

“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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The Pharaoh Syndrome

By Tzvi Freeman

People knock pop-psychologists and their euphemisms, but I often wonder if we wouldn’t be better off borrowing some of their political correctness when dealing with Torah issues.

The four sons, for example, might be better understood as the Gifted Child, the Difficult Child, the Well-Balanced Child and the Inquisitively Challenged Child.

“The Desecrators of the Holy Shabbat” might be more inclined towards meaningful dialogue if we modified our terminology to the Sabbatically Challenged.

Switching to “the Chassidically Challenged” could end much inter-sectarian strife, since it lands us all somewhere along the same spectrum. “The Halachically Challenged” may also be helpful for much the same reason.

There are also some major aspects of the Exodus story that could be better understood if we would just apply the right nomenclature.

Take the Red Sea event that occurred on the seventh day of Passover. It’s difficult to understand Pharaoh when you consider matters superficially. He sees an entire nation led by a pillar of fire over a dry bed between two pillars of water that stand as stone walls, yet like a madman rushes in with his entire army. And it wasn’t like he had no precedent to learn from.

One might be tempted to describe Pharaoh in this situation as a little lacking up there, to be polite. But here is a case where one of those pc terminologies comes in useful. You see, Pharaoh was actually quite intellectually capable. It was just that he was monotheistically challenged.

To be more specific, Pharaoh belonged to a subset of the monotheistically challenged that have a fixation with a perceived natural order. It’s called “Ma’at” in Ancient Egyptian. Similar to the Buddhist concept of kharma. In modernese, “deterministic, materialist reductionism”—which some people still believe physics is all about.

The pathology works like this: When a conflict arises between the natural order and perceived reality (i.e. a miracle), the subject experiences anxiety. Whereas this anxiety could be easily resolved through the assumption of an Omnipotent Force behind and beyond nature, our subject prefers to simply ignore the obvious reality before his eyes in favor for the world-concept of natural order that he has previously integrated into his perception and personality. This has been known to result in violent death by drowning under the crashing waves of the Red Sea.

As you can immediately realize, now that I’ve provided a more sympathetic view of Pharaoh’s personal difficulties, he becomes so much easier to relate to. After all, we all do the same thing all the time. It’s called “worry”.

Worry is a state where we ignore the obvious, perceived reality in favor of a warped, unsubstantiated view of how we imagine the natural order to be. We imagine our life as a struggle between our own competency and the laws of physics, commerce and social acceptance. And if that were the true reality, we really would have a lot to worry about.

The obvious reality is that our daily life is full of miracles straight from Above. We have very little control over where we end up and what we have to do there. Physics doesn’t have much say, either. That’s just the mode of transport. We only need to do our best with whatever we are given and have confidence in the Director Of It All that He knows what He’s doing. And if we mess up, say sorry, have confidence that He’s good and cares for us, and get on with things.

But instead, we worry.

Why do we worry? Because we don’t perceive the miracles. Why don’t we perceive the miracles? Because we see this natural order going on all around us, and if there is a natural order, then miracles could not have happened, right? After all, don’t miracles mean that nature’s laws are temporarily trashed, that life becomes totally weird, and G‑d’s voice is heard bellowing, “Tzvi Freeman, take note! This is a miracle!”?

Wrong. That’s just the Pharaoh inside us all over again. Perhaps somewhat more subtle, but Pharaoh nonetheless.

Monotheism means believing that the natural order is not an absolute set of rules to either play by or break by. Believing there is One Infinite Force behind all things means acknowledging that He can be found doing His thing anywhere—by the rules or not by the rules. Nothing stops Him from getting His way—no supervising committee, no appeal board, no shareholders, no mother-in-law. Not even The Natural Order.

That’s just a façade. It’s really all just Him.

The prognosis? According to the prophets, we eventually grow out of this. Like we read in the haftorah for the last day of Passover: “As the days when you left Egypt, so I will make you see miracles.” (Micah 7:15)

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the “Tzemach Tzedek,” 1789-1866) explained, “As the days when you pointed at the Red Sea splitting and said, ‘This is my G‑d doing this!’ so then, in those times when we will leave this exile, I will let you see the even more wondrous miracles that are happening now every day in your daily life.”

We can open our minds and try to start seeing reality that way right now. And stop worrying.

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