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

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

Reading the Bible is crucial to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our day to day 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, 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 term, you forget to ask God for help to understand what you are going to read. This is easy to do.

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

Your prayer does not have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to start with — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I may 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 to focus our spiritual eyes so we can “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

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

Here’s a question which could seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to read the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you reading a devotional book instead?

Now don’t 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: Make sure you are spending time actually reading the Bible!

A true believer includes a love for the term 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. You can find so many good ones out there! 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? Or even, ask God to provide it to you. Jeremiah 33:3 He’d love to do that for you!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you browse 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 you to ultimately familiar passages. You are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read everything!

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

Remember that the Bible is really 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 can be a complete 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 compiled by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage one to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One simple 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. If you read 3 chapters each day, it will take 3 months.

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

And you’ll cultivate a love for God’s Word that will have life-changing results. For as you may spend quality time in the Word, you’re spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you will find yourself caught up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.