Becoming People of the Book

Yesterday we considered the Spirit’s ministry of guidance in the life of Christ followers. I emphasized (or at least tried to!) that the primary way that the Spirit guides us is through the Scriptures. We must be people of the Book if we are to grow spiritually.

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Yet what we know to be true is that many (most?) Christians do not read their Bible regularly. We are usually pretty good at giving lip service to the concept of reading our Bible – but our actually doing it is often pretty pathetic. For many years I struggled huge in seeking to develop this crucial habit. Even now I sometimes hit periods of time where my track record is less then stellar – yet in my own experience and in seeking to encourage others I’ve picked up a few ideas on how to make personal bible reading happen. Here are a few random ideas – grab the ones that resonate with you and run with them!

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•?Ask God to help you with this – do not attempt merely with your own strength.

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•?Commit yourself to do it – like a diet, an exercise program or taking piano lessons – you need to determine in your heart to make an effort!

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•?Learn to crawl before you run; that means have realistic expectations – aim for 2-3 days per week and notch it up from there.

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•?Do not get all legalistic on yourself – if you miss a day or two or three – God still loves you, you are not a horrible person. God wants you to meet with him in his word – see it as an opportunity to fellowship with your Heavenly Father – not as an obligation.

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•?Set aside a specific time of day to read. Routine is usually helpful in developing a habit. Most people find that earlier in the day is best but whatever works for you!

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•?Read for quality, not quantity. There are no bonus points for reading a lot – better to read a little but really understand it, think about it, remember it and do it.

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•?Begin with prayer – ask the author of the Book to help you understand it and apply it.

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What other suggestions would you give someone?

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Peace,
?Dave

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