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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Benefits of Reading the Bible

Jean Oathout asks us a question today that is of utmost importance, and one that can change our lives if we follow through with the answers: What are the benefits of reading the Bible?

   As you consider the question posed today, realize that the Bible has over 50 references about the importance of reading it. 
(Google image, Bible).

   2 Timothy 3:15, 16 tells us that from a child Timothy had known the Scriptures, and that it was able to make him wise unto salvation, which later came through faith in Christ Jesus.

   He was encouraged by Apostle Paul that it was given by inspiration of God, and was profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.

   So we see that it is the Word of Godoracles of God, the two Testaments covering over 2,000 years, and the original Law given through Moses on Mt. Sinai. (see Exodus 20). 

   We can now keep the Law through faith in Jesus, with His Spirit enabling us. (see Matthew 5).

   According to 2 Tim. 3:16, this Book is inspired, so we can trust it to be written by the Father through the various 66 writers, as He lead them.

   God used their different personalities and circumstances over the years, to relate His messages to us of His ways, no matter what we find ourselves involved in today.

   Here are some reasons why some folks don't read the Bible:

  • I don't know how to read
  • I don't know where to begin
  • I don't have time
  • I don't understand it
  • I don't want to
   Does this sound familiar? We need to admit our sin in not faithfully reading God's Word, and ask for inspiration from the Author Himself.

   Here are some benefits of reading the Bible:

Wisdom          2 Tim. 3:16
Revelation      John 5:39
Health personally and for marriages   Eph. 5:25, 26
Faith                Rom. 10:13
Victory            Matt. 4:1
Light                Heb. 4; Ps. 119:105; 1 John 1:7
Prosperity       Ps. 1:1, 2
Life giving       John 6:63; Heb. 4:12John 3:16
Freedom          John 8:32
Equipping       2 Tim. 3:17, 18
Rest                  Heb. 4:9-11; Ps. 4:8
God hears our prayers    Ps. 4:3 b; 5:3
Protection       Ps. 3:3
Forgiveness    1 John 1:9 

   Most of this is from my notes of Pastor Ben Levendusky's message, "Benefits of Reading the Bible." 

   If you'd care to listen to Pastor Sinclair's message on Treasuring the Word, click and listen...

    Father, it appears important for us to read Your Word, the Bible!
    Seeing that You moved on the 66 authors of the various books in it, may we be assured that what they've shared with us is what You inspired them to write.
    Help us understand that it is in our free choosing to read it, that we'll be blessed for our obedience.
    May we receive inspiration and direction in our thinking, our behavior and our beliefs, as we read this powerful, Life-giving Book.
    I ask this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus, Who took the punishment for our sins, died and rose from the grave, fulfilling all the Scripture references of Him in the Bible.       Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ezra 7:28 b "And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me."

Today’s quote: 

"How does the love and esteem of today's average Christian for God's Word compare?" (with others who painstakingly had copied the Word, page by page, in order to have what they treasured as their own possession, and others who've given their lives for it).
   Is it not true that many of us allow the reading of God's Word to become routine and hurried or even crowded out? We realize only faintly the wonder of our God communicating His heart to us through His Word. To think, the great eternal God of ages past and ages to come, wants to commune with each of us individually, we whose lives are but a vapor, appearing for a little time and then vanishing away" (see James 4:14). Lois J. Stucky (1928-2014) {Taken from p. 9 of the Feb. 2016 Herald of His Coming newspaper. Phone 812-442-6200 to have the paper sent directly to you}. Excellent paper!

Our thought today:  

     Do you need a good Word?

   Ask the Lord to increase your desire to read His Word. Look for verses that speak directly to you about your concerns. He is Faithful, and He will speak directly to you, so be open and desire His understanding of what you read.

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