Monday, January 9, 2012
The Bible serves as a uniter across the generations according to a 2009 report by the Barna group. The majority of the four generations (Mosaics, Busters, Boomers and Elders) believe the Bible is sacred and report reading it within the last week. That is encouraging news! As a dad and soon to be granddad, I want to take advantage of that!
The author of the devotional book I am using for my personal quiet time this year, encourage his readers, to skip the material he’s written, but whatever you do read the Bible. Solid advice!
The Bible is God’s Word that encourages, reveals, convicts, teaches and so much more. When we apply it to our lives God promises a blessing!
Reading the Bible prayerfully and daily is like looking at a mirror. “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:22–25, NIV)
The mirror may show you what needs fixing, but you have to decide to practice the Word continually. Most mornings I look in the mirror and go, “Wow! I’m glad I got up before Becky. I don’t want her to see me like this.” A toothbrush, shower, shave, and a cup of coffee, I’m ready to go. Wouldn’t it be silly to go downstairs and pray about it? Just get a shower!
When I read the Bible, my poor attitudes, lack of faith, self-centeredness, my sin are revealed. I know that I’ve been forgiven, but God shows what I need to turn away from and how to do it! It would be silly of me to ask God to take my shower after he has already given his Son for me. Instead, just act upon the “App” that applies to what you see in the mirror. Life is incredibly better like that!
This week we want to take a look at reading and applying the Word of God in our lives.
- How to successfully begin reading your Bible daily.
- Questions to ask yourself while you read.
- How to read the Bible.
- How to retain what you read in the Bible.
- Applying the Bible Apps to your life.
I look forward to sharing with you this week.
Would you answer these three questions, please?
- How often do you read your Bible?
- How long do you read your Bible for each day?
- What version do you use?