Have you ever read through the whole Bible before?
I mean Genesis to Revelation. Including:
The Minor Prophets
Jeremiah and the wheel within the wheel
I know, you’ve probably heard people groan about hitting Deuteronomy and reading through all of the laws and sacrifices, or clumsily read those awkward names that no one can pronounce.
But if you’re letting that stop you from getting out of your Bible reading rut and actually engaging in an intentional plan to read through the entire Bible, cover to cover, then you don’t know what you’re missing!
You see, God speaks to us through His Word, even through the genealogies!
Have you ever looked at Jesus’ genealogy? The passage that everyone likes to skip over tells us so much about God’s love and grace!
Or how about the Prayer of Jabez…tucked right in a passage that most consider boring.
When you begin reading through the Bible, you’ll find amazing treasures you never knew were in God’s Word.
Here are 3 reasons why you should read through the Bible this year
1. It will strengthen your relationship with God
The only way we get to know God is through the Bible.
While we commune with Him through prayer, the only way He has chosen to reveal Himself and His character is through His Word.
By slowly reading through the Bible day by day, we get a complete view of who God is: His love and grace, His holiness and righteousness, His jealousy and anger. It is all right there on the pages of His Word and through His Word we really get to know who He is in living color.
And getting to know Him changes how we approach Him. It changes our prayer life and our ministry, and shapes our decisions and world-view.
2. It will help you to grow spiritually
How do you bear spiritual fruit in your life?
By allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate your actions, decisions, and world view through the prism of His Word.
The reason why so many Christians flounder spiritually is because they are ignorant as to what the Word of God actually says about the crucial issues affecting their lives each day.
But as we daily pick up God’s Word and begin reading it as it was meant to be read, as a whole book and not as individual verses here and there, we realize just how relevant the Bible is to our daily life in the 21st century!
And as we begin to mold our lives around its principles and commands, we will begin to grow as we never have before.
3. It helps to keep us from bad doctrine
One of the dangers of randomly picking verses to read in the Bible, without reading the entire chapter and book, is that we don’t get the full context of what the Holy Spirit was trying to say.
Very much like how when a newspaper or magazine may choose to take a sentence from an interview out of the entire context in which is was spoken to make it say something that the person never actually said, so we sometimes do with individual verses in the Bible. We take them out of context to fit our own personal belief system or theology.
But the Bible was never meant to fit our belief system, rather our belief system must come into agreement with God’s Word.
Still not convinced?
Let me challenge you to try it just once! Join my Read Through the Bible in 365 Days Bible reading challenge. By joining my challenge, each month you’ll receive a reading plan and journal that will not only help you to reach the book of Revelation in 365 days, it will also provide you practical tools to study the Bible, not just read words on a page.
To join the challenge and download the newest reading plan and workbook, visit this page!
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