I set a goal last December to read the Bible in one year. On January 1st I started this endeavor. There was only one reason I wanted to accomplish this goal – I wanted to listen to God. What better way to hear from my Lord than to read the book He gave us?
I was very deliberate with my plan. I selected a new Bible to read from. I thought a different version would help me with a new understanding of what I read. I also wanted a Bible that was not already written in because I wanted just God to speak to me. I took great care selecting a new Study Bible, and it was very helpful. I also reviewed various reading plans and decided how I was going to approach my reading of the Scriptures.
I have finished reading the Bible a little ahead of schedule. There were days I read more chapters than my reading plan called for. I got excited about what I was reading and wanted to know more. I felt wrapped up in God’s love as I read verse after verse, and listened to the Lord speak to my heart. It was such a blessing; I’m planning to do it again.
I found this article about the 29 blessing of reading God’s Word (Link at the bottom of this post.) No wonder I felt so blessed while reading the Bible! Perhaps you will too.
- Bible reading is the key to learning the things of God (Proverbs 22:17-22).
- Bible Study is paramount to spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2).
- Reading God’s Word etches the image of Christ upon the canvass of the heart (Luke 24:27; John 5:39, 46).
- Bible reading instills the fear of the LORD (Deuteronomy 4:10, 17:19).
- Bible reading & obedience guarantee answered prayers (John 15:7).
- The Word gives us God’s direction (Psalms 119:105).
- Bible learning comforts the soul (Romans 15:4).
- Reading the Bible enhances one’s intelligence and mind (Psalms 119:99-100).
- Bible reading wards off the enemy (Psalms 17:4).
- Reading the Bible dispels darkness (Psalms 119:130).
- Bible Study clears and cleans the mind and heart (John. 15:3).
- Studying God’s Oracles equips for battle (Ephesians 6:17).
- Bible reading washes the religion out of us (Matthew 15:6,9, 22:29; Ephesians 5:26).
- Studying the Word corrects our faulty thinking (2 Timothy 3:16).
- Bible reading imparts divine wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15).
- Pouring over God’s Truth fully equips us to minister divine truth in love (2 Timothy 3:17).
- Bible reading fills the heart with joy (Jeremiah 15:16).
- Reading the Bible increases discernment (Psalms 17:4; Hebrews 5:11-14).
- Bible study increases our spiritual strength (Proverbs 24:5).
- Bible study excites and energizes prayer (John 15:7).
- Bible reading causes a spiritual fire inside the heart of the believer (Jeremiah 20:9).
- Bible reading increases faith (Romans 10:17).
- Reading the Bible stirs evangelism (Romans 10:13-17).
- Bible reading makes one sure of His salvation and more confident in the LORD (John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-13).
- Bible reading comforts the heart in times of trouble (Psalms 119:50,76,171).
- Bible learning imparts wisdom to the believer (Psalms 19:7).
- Studying God’s Word builds up the disciple in the faith of Christ (Acts 20:32).
- Bible reading sanctifies the Christian (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26).
- Bible study reveals Christ to the heart of the believing reader (John 5:39).
If you have ever thought about reading the Bible in one year I encourage you to do so. Consider picking up a new Bible just for this venture. There are many reading plans available (just do a Google search). I’ve placed a Bible Reading Checklist on the Freebies section of my blog, so you can keep track of what you have read.
Does reading the entire Bible seem too daunting to you? Try reading just the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. No matter which reading plan you select, you will be reading God’s Word. He will speak to you, and that’s the point.
Blessings on your day.
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