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Why do we read our Bible?
Because it’s a book written by a supernatural being who created the universe and knows all things and is outside time – this book is His gift to us to reveal who He is and His ways and how He has revealed Himself in dealing with other people throughout history.
Because in it you will find hope and destiny and challenge and peace and strength.
In it God speaks encouragement and love and challenge and guidance.
The Bible helps you live right and live wise… Psalm 119:97-99 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
So then how do we read our Bible?
As regular as possible. That’s a relationship thing as well as a practical thing. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. You’ll finish the elephant if you eat regularly and every day rather than one bite a month…
The thing is – its got to work for you. I can tell you how awesome reading the bible is. I can tell you that I hear God speak to me from it. I can tell you the cool times God has intervened in my life by jumping something out from a page…
But you have to find out yourself… by doing it…
if you’re fairly new at regular devo times having a bible plan can really help create the rhythm. i had the same plan for about 5 years now… but i’ve just changed what i do and am now just reading through the NT starting from the beginning and working my way through a few chapters a day as i go. and i’m loving it. because i love God and i love His Word and i love when He speaks to me and shows me neat stuff about Himself… i am also reading the E100 along with our mums group, and loving that too and the conversations that that is creating.
i like to sit in the same comfy chair with my bible, pen and journal and some worship on. i pray for a bit and then i read. i write down bits i really like or that jump out at me. i then sometimes come and sit and blog about things that stir in my heart. and then i pray and worship some more. that’s my style. that’s my how.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves Genesis 11:4
who are we living for?
to make a name for ourselves?
or for God?
to build His kingdom?
to serve Him?
how often do we try to build our own lives and towers of security? if we build our own name we will be secure and successful… if we have the best and brightest career we will be happy and satisfied…
where does our security come from? what should the tower in my life be?
Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
vision is good. but our vision must be a God vision, to build for Him and to seek Him and to walk with Him. these early people had a united vision – but it was to build for themselves – to build for their fame – to establish their own kingdom.
its times like this we need to read and take note; Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 1 Corinthians 10:6