Daily Bible Reading
Feeding on the Word of God daily
The Bible is the foundational truth that teaches the history of the universe,
the origin of sin, the reason for death and morality. Without God’s Word,
man could not learn the all-important message of salvation through our
Lord Jesus Christ.
The message of eternal salvation is a vital and dominant theme in Scripture,
but the Bible reveals much more—including how God would have us live.
From the biblical figures we learn what pleases God and what does not.
His Word gives direct instruction to believers on how we should act in all
situations in our lives.
God’s inspired and inerrant Word teaches us, rebukes us, corrects us, and instructs us in righteousness;it also so that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
By reading the Bible on a consistent basis, you can find direction for your life and learn how to best serve the Lord who gave His life for you. Just as a healthy baby has a healthy appetite. If you have truly been "born" of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite.
The Bible says, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby," (1 Peter 2:2). This means that you have to feed yourself every day.
In the book of Job we see how he treasured God's Word. "I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food," (Job 23:12). Just as a healthy baby has a healthy appetite so if you have truly been "born" of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite. The more you eat, the quicker you will grow. Make a vow to read God's Word every day, without fail. Why not say to yourself, "No Bible, no breakfast." God promises that if come to him daily you will be like a fruitful, strong and healthy tree (see Psalm 1).
1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff
which the wind driveth away.
5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Studying the Bible requires careful and prayerful attention to the text and the correct application of biblical principles of interpretation. By studying God’s Word, you can not only more fully enjoy the wisdom God gives, but also bless your family and friends by sharing the fruit of your labor. Begin each day by finding somewhere quiet, and thoroughly soak your soul in the Word of God. If we are not aiming to meet God in his Word, we won't. So, consciously come to your time of Bible reading expecting to hear God speak to your life situation. Come expecting to learn, expecting to change, and you won't be disappointed.
Read your day's passage slowly thoughtfully and prayerfully possibly even twice. Then meditate on the text and its meaning for you. Try asking yourself questions such as "What is this passage saying to me? "What am I learing about God in it?" "What does Christ require me to do today?"
You will need to involve your heart, as you honestly consider and apply God's Word to your life each day. There will be times whien this will be difficult and may hurt and other times it will be inspirational. Then you might think of ways to take its message with you into the day that lies ahead. It is a good idea to keep a notebook of your discoveries, always try to memorize a key verse throughout the day. And don't forget pray before you read, asking the Holy Spirit to give you insight. If you come to a verse that touches a particular need of yours or spotlights a sin you've given in to, stop and pray about it. When you finish reading, pray again that God would help you act on what he's said to you.