Bible Reading – ARE YOU CURRENTLY Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (How to proceed Instead)

Reading the Bible is crucial to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.

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

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so eager to get into the Word, 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: Enter the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer does not 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 that a great prayer? Why not ensure it is your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and another is spiritual. And we need 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 read the Bible, are you reading the Bible? Or are you currently reading a devotional book instead?

Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books concerning the Bible. But a good devotional is no replacement for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Make sure you are hanging out 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 along with other books about spiritual growth. There are so many good ones out there! But do not forget to simply open the Book and browse the Bible every day.

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

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

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

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You are really short-changing yourself if you do. God wrote the Bible so that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Browse the Bible one book at the same time.

Remember that the Bible is really a book of books. You can find 66 books in the Bible, and each is area 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 (just 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 the same time, each one of these in its entirety. One particular method is to read 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 read the entire New Testament within a certain time period. Wouldn’t that be cool?

1 Corinthians 15:58 And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that may have life-changing results. For as you may spend quality time in the Word, you are spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you will find yourself caught up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.