🎵Read your Bible…🎶

Who remembers that song from Sunday school?

Read your Bible, pray every day

Pray every day, pray every day

Read your Bible, pray every day

If you want to grow…

…Anybody? I can’t be the only one, comment if you do, I know I didn’t make it up.

Those of us that were present in Sunday school, it’s funny how this wisdom was given to us, even with a catchy song so we didn’t forget it. However, assuming that a lot of you are like me, we didn’t implement this instruction in our lives.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, I wonder how my life would have been different and what situations I would have been able to avoid.

But why do I need to read the Bible? I know enough scriptures off by heart
to get by...Like John 3:16!

Say what?! …Excuse me?! …Bruh?!!!!

Look, I know at times reading the Bible can be long winded and quite boring. I’ve been reading Jeremiah over the last week and I am telling you that if I wasn’t only reading one chapter a day I would have given up by now (or skipped it). It’s literally reading a will, telling us who in tribes of Israel inherits what land and the boundaries of that land. Considering I don’t know who these people are or where the places mentioned are it’s not providing me with much information other than there were a lot of them and that it must have been a long winded process. I digress, but what I can say is that there is another chapter 3 and verse 16 that you need to take note of:

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)

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🔑 This version of the scripture is quite self explanatory in telling us what the benefit of the reading the Bible is. However, if you don’t read the Bible, you obviously won’t be able work out what is true or what may be wrong with your life. With a lot of things, if you don’t have an instruction manual there is no way that you could possibly know the correct way to do certain things. So the bible is like an instruction manual for our lives.🔑

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Instruction

In Deuteronomy an instruction is given for kings regarding the word. It says:

18And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
19And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
20That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 17:18-20
This instruction is also useful for us as it shows that reading the the Bible daily will teach us to give reverence to God. It also tells us the more often we read the scriptures the more likely we are to stay on the straight and narrow. Which makes sense I guess, as it’s basically reading the instruction as you go along life.

Promise

 The Bible also contains many prophecies, promises and decrees that can have a positive effect on our lives. Isaiah tells us to search the scriptures for these promises so that we know what God can and will do for us.
16Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
Isaian 34:16
If we don’t read the Bible we won’t know all of what God can do for us. It’s almost like having a tool that has multiple functions. Even if you may know the main functions of the tool, if you read the manual you may discover that it has other functions that you were unaware of that can help you with other tasks.

Affirmation

 Going back to my song, it says that you should read your Bible and pray everyday if you want to grow. If you are new to the faith, reading the Bible will help to confirm you in the faith, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus actually states that reading the scriptures is not what gives you eternal life as the scriptures point to Him, and is through Christ that we are able to obtain eternal life.
39“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
John 5:39 (NLT)
That being said you wouldn’t know this without reading the Bible. When Paul and Silas went to preach the gospel in a place called Berea, the people there received the word well and the reason why they were able to do so is because not only did they listen to the preaching, they read the scriptures daily themselves to confirm what was being preached to them was true.
11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Acts 17:11
Therefore, when we are being preached to, we must also read our Bibles to confirm the truth in what we are being taught. Otherwise we run the risk of falling foul of a cult leader who may use his (or her) own rules and doctrines and try to present them as being a part of Christianity.

 Hope

 I didn’t plan on writing too much today, I just wanted to encourage us to read more and to read our Bible more. So I’m going to leave us with one more scripture that tells of the hope we have through the Bible.
4Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
Romans 15:4 (NLT)
If you have found encouragement through reading this or have any comments or suggestions please feel free to get in touch, like, comment & subscribe. As always, until the next time may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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