Monday, February 27, 2017

5 Reasons to Read Your Bible (Every Day)

{ESV Journaling Bible and Give Me Jesus Journal}

Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us, which means that the Lenten season will soon begin. Last week, I shared about the importance of observing the liturgical calendar and what that can mean for our walks with Christ. This week, I want to challenge you to think about what could happen if you resolved to read your Bible every day for this season. 40 days. (Ok so it's 40 days and 7 Sundays if you want to get technical about it.) Every day. That's it. But why, you say? I'm so glad you asked.

1. The Bible is the very word of God. 

So often we walk through life wishing God would speak to us, pointing our finger to the sky and wondering why He's silent. But we neglect to spend time in His word, which is who He is. John tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God. We cannot complain about "God's silence" if we aren't spending time trying to get to know Him.

2. The Bible helps us to know God more. 

Oftentimes it is easy to complain and wonder just who God is. He seems mysterious and unapproachable, lofty and unattainable. But He gave us the gift of His word to help us know Him. All sixty-six books point to His character and help us to know Him by giving us a glimpse into His heart.

3. The Bible can direct our steps and show us how to live.

When we are confused and don't understand where to turn next, the Bible gives us the wisdom we need to make decisions that honor God. It may not give us specifics about which job to choose or where to live, but when we spend time in His word, we are made more like Him, and in turn, we are able to discern His will from other plans that may look good but are not beneficial to us.

4. The Bible helps us when we are tempted.

We oftentimes forget that if we have decided to live for Christ and walk with Him, we have power to resist the temptation to live in a dishonorable way. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, and able to help us resist the temptation to walk away from Christ instead of toward Him.

5. The Bible reminds us of our need for God.

We may be tempted to think that we can walk through our days without God, but the truth is that we are dependent on Him for everything-even our next breath. When we have life characterized by time in His word, we remember that we are His and that we can do nothing apart from Him.

So what do you think, friends? Is it worth it? Today began the She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth Lent Bible reading plans. There is a two-day introduction to the practice of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday, we will begin our journey through Isaiah. I am so excited to study one of my favorite books in-depth and see the perfect plan of God for our salvation through the death of His Son, Jesus. If you're with me, let me know! Today is our very first giveaway! If you're making a commitment to read your Bible every day this Lenten season, I hope you'll enter the giveaway and in turn be encouraged to press on, even when it's hard. I love you, friends.

Today's giveaway is a beautiful print by the wonderful Lindsay Gilmore! She's a friend of mine from college who I featured a few months, and her work is just gorgeous. Today you can enter to win a 5x7 print of her "Waves" painting, which would be beautiful in any space. :)


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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, friend! I just got back from our women's retreat, and one thing we talked about was how we respond to God's "seeming silence." It was a great reminder that He has already spoken and continues to speak through His word and a great challenge to seek Him there always!

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    1. I heard good things about the women's retreat and am so glad you were able to be a part! I think silence is quite underrated (especially from extroverts like me). :)

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  2. With the busy-ness of new transitions I have fallen out of habit of reading the Bible daily and Lent is such a wonderful focused time to return to what is important.

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    1. I am so so glad, Diana! I look forward to hearing about what you learn!

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  3. I decided in January to commit to reading through the Gospels by Easter for two reasons: one, I wanted to get to know Jesus better, and two, to encourage my girls to spend intentional time in Scripture. I've missed a few days because life, but it has been so so good for my heart- living life with Scripture as a lens, the way we're supposed to live. So excited for Lent and to continue walking down the Gospel road.

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