“Why should I read my Bible daily?
Another year is about to pass into the realms of history and we are a year closer to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to ask you a question if I may… Last year did you spend more time reading books about the Bible or time reading the Bible? Before you get all sideways it is good to study the Bible and also to read books about the Bible. These are not, however, to be done instead of reading the Bible. Everyone knows that we are saved by Grace by Faith alone.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJB) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Our sanctification is also by God’s Grace alone. 2 Peter 3:18 (KJB) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” If we think that through our own feeble efforts we can learn about God by reading commentaries and study notes we are simply being foolish. No, it is worse than foolish and here is the plain truth, you are trying to live by the Law of Moses. We can not save ourselves any more than we can grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ by reading someone’s opinions in study notes or commentaries.
Romans 6:14 (KJB) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The natural desire of nearly every Christian once we become a Christian through faith in Jesus Christ is to please and serve God. The Christian normally acts as if everything hinges upon how well, how completely, and how effectively we serve the Lord God, our Savior. As Christians we are inclined, naturally, to live under the law.
Hebrews 7:18-19 teaches us from God Himself concerning the inability of the law of God. Hebrews 7:18-19 (KJB) “For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”
In the area of justification as well as sanctification, the law cannot provide what is needed for God. Justification (the beginning of our new life with God) and sanctification (growing and maturing with God): these are experiences unknown to the work of the law. The law makes nothing perfect, neither in the area of justification nor sanctification.
As the law cannot justify us, neither can it sanctify us.
Galatians 3:2-3 (KJB) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
More on this subject of God’s Grace during this year. Now, here are a few reasons why reading The Word should be the top priority for you this year.
1. It shows us God’s will for our life
“What is God’s will for my life?” There is no Bible verse that explicitly tells us what profession to pursue, where to live or who to marry. But, nevertheless, the Bible’s advice, guidelines, commandments, and encouragement give us very accurate and perfect insight into God’s will for us in every phase of life.
Paul writes that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God … 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJB) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Have you ever thought about this? The Bible is inspired by God Himself! It is His Word, containing His knowledge, His morality, His purposes, His judgments, His mind. Have you been so interested in understanding God’s will that you spend time with His very own Word?
2. It is our food
Imagine that you go a day without eating. Then a week. And a month. As time goes on, you become weaker and weaker. Our bodies need nourishment to live. And it’s the same in our spiritual lives.
It is through our spirit we can have contact with God. Our spirit is what will enter eternity and it needs nourishment to be alive and awake to the will of God. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 (KJB) “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” He also says in John 6:63 (KJB) “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
If we want to gain life and food for our spirit, it is necessary that we spend time with God’s Word. God’s Word is a beginning of life! It contains unlimited help and knowledge. And, when it is read and obeyed in a spirit of faith, it leads us to unbelievable spiritual growth.
3. It gives us insight
The author of Hebrews writes Hebrews 4:12 (KJB) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
As human beings, we seek our own abilities. Philippians 2:21 (KJB) “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” So it isn’t easy for us to distinguish between good and bad. Our own judgments are often tainted by our personal opinions, emotions, and experiences that go against God’s good and perfect will.
God’s Word cuts through worldly opinions; it separates out all the worlds thoughts in our lives and determines what is truth and righteousness. God’s Word is authoritative; it is full of power. It is a two-edged sword that divides between our will and the will of God. Don’t you desire to make use of this Word in your own life?
4. It instructs us in righteousness
Psalm 119:9 (KJB) BETH. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJB) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
The Bible contains all the instruction that we need to come to a life of true virtue and righteousness. It teaches us how we can follow Christ in truth. It contains terms and patterns from heroes of faith, prophets, apostles, Jesus Christ and God Himself! What better education, what better guidance is there for those who want to live a life that is pleasing to God our Creator?
5. It contains strength to overcome
After we have made the choice to serve God wholeheartedly and refrain from sinning against Him, we will still experience temptation in our lives. James 1:14 (KJB) “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
It’s clear from Scripture that Satan makes use of these natural lusts and desires. He tries to get us to disobey God’s will, by offering things that interest to us naturally: fame, money or self-satisfaction. He even tempted Jesus, trying to get Him to give into arrogance, pride and self-seeking.
But, for each temptation Jesus faced, He had an answer. And every single answer involved God’s Word. “Jesus said to him in Matthew 4:4 (KJB) “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.“
Matthew 4:7 (KJB) “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.“
Matthew 4:10 (KJB) “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.“
Do you also have an answer for every temptation that you face in life? Do you fill yourself with God’s Holy Word? Paul writes in Ephesians 6:17 (KJB) “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” The Bible, God’s Word, is a weapon. It is a sword that gives us power and authority to overcome in the middle of temptation. Why not pick up this sword today?
6. It is full of God’s assurances
And finally, not least of all, the Bible is full of amazing promises. It speaks of the all things that belong to God-fearing people!
Revelation 2:7 (KJB) “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.“
There is an almost unlimited number of promises made to those who live according to God’s will. Are you interested in these cherished promises? Do you want to see what God does, and will do, for those who live according to His will? Then, by all means, pick up your Bible! It will show you of all the promises that can be yours, both in this life and in eternity, if you do the will of God.text for link
If you own a Bible you have all you need to start the New Year and let God’s Grace shine upon you. Did you know that The Crucified Life Ministries has several ways to help you with your Daily Bible Reading? Here are a few ways.
- Daily Bible posts that publish every day on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and more
- We have a page where you can read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This page updated automatically each day. http://www.tclministries.org/daily-scripture-reading/
- We have a Bible Reading list you can download and keep in your Bible. Simply click the link above and look to the right-hand side of the page… Or click here.
- We also have a Chronological Bible Reading Page that is updated automatically each day. http://www.tclministries.org/daily-chronological-scripture-reading/
- We also offer daily devotionals. Take up your Cross is our email devotional that you can subscribe to on the bottom of our Home Page.
- We also have on our Home Page Charles Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals. These are updated twice per day Morning & Evening.
We have made it as easy to read God’s Word daily for anyone who has a Bible or access to the Internet. Please commit to reading the Bible daily this year. It can and will change your life.And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. — Revelation 20:15 KJV
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