How To Read The Word Of God
"...Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God." Romans 9:4-5 Christ, the eternally blessed GOD... Satan constantly attacks all things pertaining to the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, Satan has raised up many false religions and all of them in one way or another will deny Jesus, his virgin birth, his deity (meaning that he is God) and on it goes. Satan's supreme goal is to prevent people from worshiping Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth. "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and TRUTH.” John 4:23-24 The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Some passages are obvious, others are buried in the text. An example of this is in the passage above in Romans. "Christ came ...the eternally blessed God." Therefore, Christ is God. If one reads over this passage quickly, he may not notice this eternal truth. This is why we must not read the Word of God hurriedly just to get through it, just to say we read it. You won't glean eternal truths by going over it quickly just to get it done. No, every word, every phrase must be carefully considered. This is why I do not follow the "read the Bible in a year" program. To read it in a year requires long passages each day, and to me that becomes a chore. No, I read a shorter portion each day, perhaps one chapter, so that I can look forward to it and meditate on it. The Lord tells us to meditate in his word in all situations in life. When you're just sitting in your house, meditate on a passage from your morning reading, go over it again and again. Let God's Word come to you while you're out walking, when you're lying in bed, and the first thing when you get up. Meditate on it when you're driving in your car. "And these words which I command you today shall be IN YOUR HEART. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7 When I read the Word of God I read it out loud so that I'm reading it, speaking it, and hearing it, saturating all my senses with it. Slowly. Deliberately. Friends, handling the Word of God in all reverence will make all the difference in the world to your growth. The word "meditate" means to chew on. The point is that we are to let the Word of God become part of us. Don't consider it a chore, because once you begin doing this from the heart and seeing the response from God, you'll wonder why you neglected it in the past. God will speak to you through his Word. When I ask the Lord a question, he often answers with a Scripture and it enlightens everything having to do with the question. It's so wonderful, so awesome, so GOOD. Make God's Word a priority in your life, and it will change everything. Most importantly, it will change YOU.