Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Any elementary age riddler knows the answer to that age-old mind challenge. The answer, of course, is one bite at a time. Here is a more pertinent question: How do you take in all of God’s Word? The solution to this question seems daunting because there are 1,189 chapters in Scripture that span 66 books written by over 40 authors during more than one thousand years! The answer, however, is very simple. We must study God’s Word one page at a time.
Let me ask you a question. How often do you read God’s Word? We all recognize the importance of God’s Word in the life of a believer, but have you made the study of the Scriptures a priority?
Here are 8 simple reasons why you should make Scripture study a daily priority this year.
We study God’s Word…
1. …to gain a better understanding of the story of Redemption.
From the book of Genesis to Revelation, God’s plan of redemption is seen throughout the pages of Scripture. Don’t limit your understanding of salvation to just a few chapters in the Gospels. God’s Word has much to say about man’s sin, his need of a Savior, God’s plan of redemption, and Jesus Christ the Messiah. Don’t miss out on seeing that plan unfold through the pages of Scripture.
2. …because God’s Word has the power to change our lives.
Have you arrived spiritually? If you are like me, you recognize that there are faults and shortcomings within our lives that need to be molded to Christlikeness. God’s Word has the power and authority to accomplish that for you.
3. …so that we can know Christ.
There is no better way to know how we should live in accordance to God’s Word than to study the life of the God-man, Jesus Christ.
John 20:30-31 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
4. …because God’s Word is profitable.
It isn’t just good, it is profitable. Don’t underestimate the value that God’s Word brings to the life a believer….you can’t live without it!!
2 Timothy 3:16 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
5. …because we need a daily diet of spiritual food.
Have you ever gone a day without nourishment of any kind? Two days? A week? How many Christians go month after month with their only intake of Truth coming on Sunday as they sit under the preaching of Scripture?
6. …to be able to put God’s Word into perspective
I recently heard of a believer that had never connected the story
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
7. …so you can have many “O, now I know where it says that!” moments.
There is nothing better than reading through Scripture and coming across a truth that you knew was in God’s Word but had never seen it for yourself. Take note of these…mark them down in your Bible. It is amazing what things you will find in the pages of Scripture that God will use in your life the very day you read it!!
8. …because you don’t know what you don’t know!
Simply put, you will never know what God’s Word has to offer you if you never dive in to search it out. Don’t stand idly by the shallow end of the pool, get in the water of God’s Word and get in deep!!
Let’s make a journey through God’s Word a priority together. Join me in a one year reading program through YouVersion starting January 1st. This will allow us to share blessings, to be accountable to each other, and encourage each other in spiritual growth.
Here is how you can join:
1. Download the free YouVersion app on your smart phone (or go to www.bible.com)
2. Sign up using Facebook
3. Send a request to Dennis Harry
4. Under the plans, find the plan labeled “Bible in One Year 2017”
5. On January 1st, start reading!
For the rest of the year we will be able to follow the daily reading, share personal notes and comments. Make 2017 the year that you read through the whole Bible, and we can do it together!!
DJHarry Isaiah 64:8 We are the clay!