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

Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our daily bread, and without it you’ll become a weak and ineffective Christian.

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

Jeremiah 33:3 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 to understand what you are about to read. This is an easy task to do.

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

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Here’s 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 make it your own.

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

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

Here’s a question that could seem a bit strange: When 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 concerning the Bible. But an excellent devotional is no replacement for the Bible itself.

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

A true believer includes 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. There are so many good ones out there! But do not forget to simply open the Book and read the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Do you have an appetite for God’s Word? If not, ask God to provide it to you. He would 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 go about it? Do you have a handful of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read all of it!

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

Don’t forget 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 whole 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 one to read one book at a time, each one in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one at a time. If you read a chapter a day, it will take about 9 months. In the event that you read 3 chapters each day, it will take 3 months.

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

And you’ll cultivate a love for God’s Word that may have life-changing results. For as you may spend quality time in the term, you’re 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.

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