Reading God’s word is an important part of your growth as a Christian and it’s become so much easier to do that now there are so many versions of the bible to fit your comfort level and lifestyle.
Devotional bibles can be helpful when you’re looking for a place to start or have a specific topic you want to study.
When you just don’t have a lot of time to sit down and flip through pages, there are a lot of internet versions and phone apps. I personally use and love a couple online and on my phone.
I use http://www.biblecc.com/ to study and compare versions and phrasing so I can better understand it’s meaning when I want to make sure that I’m not misinterpreting anything.
I use http://www.a.youversion.com/free-bible-apps on my phone daily when I just have a quick minute to read through a passage or when I have time to read through one of their devotional plans.
1 Peter 2:2-3, it says “… Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
If you’re new to the knowledge of God and His word, the bible is a great resource for questions and excitement you might have about your purpose. It’s full of fascinating stories and laws specifically laid out for us to live by.
God tells us many times throughout the bible how important it is to KNOW His words, to know the laws He’s laid down so that we may live our lives according to His will. In a world where laws and design don’t always align with God’s, we MUST be aware of the differences — NOT so we can judge others around us or even change them but so we might live our lives FOR Him, the way He intends for us to do.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we’re told that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”
This tells us that the Bible is inspired by God to teach us and correct us about righteousness so the we can live the perfect life God has planned for us. If we aren’t familiar with the teachings of God’s word, how can we be sure that we are following them?
When Jesus was in the desert, Satan came to Him, tempting Him with a stone he could turn into bread. Jesus simply denied him saying, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Living a life for the Lord, going to church, praying before meals and when we need things is not enough to live the life God has planned for us. Bread will sustain us, but God wants more from us and we will only know what it is by walking close with Him, inspiring fellow Christians, talking with Him in prayer and reading His word so that we can live by His teachings.
Every day you go with out studying His word is a day you may not be doing whatever it is He needs of you. Giving your life over to the Lord comes with the greatest rewards, peace and love you could ever imagine but it takes discipline and motivation to remain faithful, as it does in ANY relationship. God’s love and word is always there for us, we must only seek them out.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11