Bible Reading – Are You Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (What to Do Instead)

Reading the Bible is crucial to your spiritual growth. The Word of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll become a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s vital to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To boost your Bible reading, make sure you avoid these 3 big mistakes.

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so wanting to get into the term, you forget to ask God for help understand what you are going to read. This is an easy task to do.

What to do instead: Get into the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to start with — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t a great prayer? Why not ensure it is your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and the other is spiritual. And we are in need of God’s help focus our spiritual eyes so we can “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

Bible Reading Mistake #2 – Not actually reading the Bible.

Here’s a question that could seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to learn the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you currently reading a devotional book instead?

Now do not get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books about the Bible. But an excellent devotional is no substitute for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Make sure you are spending time actually reading the Bible!

A true believer has a love for the Word that compels him/her to hunger and thirst for God’s truth.

Again, it’s OK to read Bible study guides and commentaries and other books about spiritual growth. You can find so many good ones on the market! But don’t forget to simply open the Book and read the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Are you experiencing an appetite for God’s Word? Or even, ask God to provide it to you. He’d love to do that for you personally!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you browse the Bible, how do you start it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit yourself to familiar passages. You’re really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible so that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Read the Bible one book at a time.

Remember that the Bible is a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is part of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book is also a complete story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (like the shorter books of the brand new Testament written by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage you to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. If you read a chapter each day, it will require about 9 months. In the event that you read 3 chapters a day, it will take 3 months.

So set a goal to learn the entire New Testament inside a certain period of time. Wouldn’t that be cool?

And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that will have life-changing results. For as you spend quality time in the term, you are spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you will find yourself caught up in the sweetness of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus. Malachi 3:10

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