Tuesday, September 29, 2015

reading the Word of God

Today I continue sharing with you this week the Navigators’ Hand Illustration (click THIS LINK to learn more) about getting more in the word of God.  See the picture above for the pieces of the illustration.

Let’s dig in and talk about READING the Word of God.  There are many ways to read the word from using a traditional Bible, to using your phone or some devise of some kind, or even having the Bible read to you.

God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.

When we read the Word of God, we are directly hearing the words of God, and this is often the way that God speaks directly to us.  As a Christian we have the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the Bible impacts us, affects us and penetrates our thoughts.  In fact I have noticed that the more I read the Word of God, the more I quote and share it in my daily conversations.

There are all kinds of plans to use that help you read through the Bible.  You have most likely seen all the different Bibles and translations.  When you find the ones you like best, hold on and read on.  Some people like the more poetic translations while others, like myself, like the ones that may be easier to study. 

The only wrong thing that you can on this line is to not read the Bible.  Get in the Bible as often as you can.  Turn off the TV or turn on the CD or APP that reads to you when you are driving.  Do something or several things to help you read God’s word.

My favorite tool for reading the Bible is Bible.com and the YouVersion.com Bible APP that I use on my phone.  It allows me to read specific passages and use a plan.  Before this APP I had not read through the Bible in one year, but with this tool, I have read through the Bible the last 4 years or so.  It really helps keeping my mind and heart focused on God.  It is also a good tool for studying and knowing the Bible.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.

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