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

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

So it’s crucial to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To improve your Bible reading, be sure you 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 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 is a good one to focus on — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t a great prayer? Why not make it 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 are able to “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

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

Here’s a question that may seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to read 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 a good devotional is no substitute for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Be sure 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 along with other books about spiritual growth. There are so many good ones on the market! But don’t forget to simply open the Book and browse the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Do you have an appetite for God’s Word? If not, ask God to give it to you. He’d 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 tend to read repeatedly?

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

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

Remember that the Bible is a book of books. You can find 66 books in the Bible, and each is portion 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 also in one sitting (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 a time, each one in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. If you read a chapter each day, it will take about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters each day, it will require 3 months.

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

And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that will have life-changing results. For as you 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.