I had promised an article with something starting in the letter B. To read the last article click here.
And what is this magical thing?
That helps you fend off the world’s attacks?
That keeps you with God and not with the world?
You’ve probably guessed by now. The Bible.
Now, let me tell you. I had never been somebody who read the Bible very often. I didn’t think the Bible was as important as praying. I prayed all the time, but never read the Bible, and that equaled a bad equation: I didn’t feel close to God. I didn’t do the hard thing all the time.
Listening to your conscience is good. But what trains your conscience? I was usually faced with the problem of not knowing the right thing to do.
But a few months ago, that all changed. It started out with me losing my mathbook, and frantically promising God that I would read the Pursuit of Holiness, that book that was lying around on my bookshelf, if He let me find my mathbook.
The mathbook was found, so I started reading the Pursuit of Holiness. It talked in one chapter about the importance of God’s Word. So I decided to give it a try. And after even a few weeks of reading the Bible, I noticed a change. I felt closer to God.
When we read God’s Word, we discover more of what God’s mind is like. How He thinks.
And overtime…that becomes how we think.
Reading the Bible is very important for any Christian, and especially so for those of us whose environment is not Christian friendly. But you might now be thinking, “So I know reading the Bible is important. I don’t have a lot of time. How do I read the Bible?”
Here is my four step method.
1. Read the passage.
2. Ask yourself: What does this teach me about God?
3. In what specific sins do I fall short?
4. Pray for forgiveness and talk to God about how you will combat these sins.
We have many sins that we don’t even know about, because our hearts deceive us. The Bible may bring the knowledge of sins that we have into sight. It may fill your mind with good thoughts to think about. It may teach you something new about God. Sometimes you might not learn anything.
Remember, though, how you are a part of God’s plan, and that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.”
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