The Bible is a book made up of 66 smaller books, with over 40 different authors, and was written over a period of 1500 years. God inspired every word written. This book of scripture is one way that we can hear from God; one way that we can interact with him.
You will undoubtedly have questions as you read the Bible. You may want to know the context and the time period and how one book of the Bible relates to another book of the Bible. You might find certain passages that are confusing and seem to contradict other passages. You may read stories in the Old Testament and wonder how they apply to your life today.
What I know is this: the Bible is unlike any other book out there. It's a sacred, powerful text that has the power to change lives. Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit…[exposing] our innermost thoughts and desires." But it takes faith to trust that what you're reading is true. Just like it was an act of faith to commit your life to Jesus, it's the same with taking God at his Word.
The Bible is not a reference guide or a roadmap. It's not a weapon to be used against other humans to prove them wrong. The Bible is a story of redemption, with Jesus as the central focus. The Bible is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), and it is how we can learn and know the heart of God. The Bible is our source of wisdom (Proverbs 1:23). The Bible is our anchor in life, helping us understand how to live and become more like Christ (Galatians 4:19).
Regularly reading the Bible is how we grow and change. It's where we learn about God's character, his faithfulness, and his love; it's the place we learn what he promises and that his promises can be trusted; it's the place that shows us the dark parts of our heart that need to be healed by Jesus; it's the place we learn who we are, and it's the source of truth. Our minds are our greatest battlefield, and the truth of scripture is our best weapon.
With the Bible as our foundation, we can stand firm and steady in a very unpredictable world. When I feel alone, I read that God is always with me (Psalm 46:1). When I'm overwhelmed, I read that God wants to carry my burdens for me (Isaiah 43:2). When I want revenge, I read that I am to pray for my enemies instead (Luke 6:27). When I wonder if I've missed the boat, I read that God directs my steps and makes everything beautiful in its time (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The Bible is a light in a dark world. It will change your life if you not only read it, but apply it to your real-life circumstances. If you're not sure where to start, the book of John, 1 John, and Romans are great options for learning why Jesus is such great news.
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