Thursday, March 18, 2010

12 reasons to read the Bible every day

I just finished reading the book Ten P's in a Pod by Arnold Pent III. It was not only very entertaining, but also a really encouraging book! Learning about the Pent family and their sold-out devotion to Jesus Christ was so motivating to me.

One of the things that really stands out is their family's diligence and determination to spend so much time in the Word of God. In one of the chapters is this list about why we should spend time in the Bible every day.

1. The Lord commands it. "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 1 Timothy 4:15-16

2. I want to be fruitful. "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:4-5

3. I want to know true doctrine. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31-32

4. I want to be clean. "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3

5. I want my prayers answered. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7

6. I want to be prosperous and successful. "This book of the law shall not depart out of they mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8

7. I don't want to backslide. "The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide." Psalm 37:31

8. I want my soul fed. "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:3

9. I want to grow. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 1 Peter 2:2

10. I want understanding. "I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation." Psalm 119:99

11. I want real life. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

12. I want to be thoroughly furnished to every good work. "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."

God's Word is powerful and influences our attitudes, opinions and actions. What could be a better way to get to know the Author of creation than to read His letter to us?

Have you been reading any good books lately?

In Christ,


The DeL Sisters said...

We love this book too!

~Miss Raquel said...

I bought this book a few years ago (from Vision Forum) and read it to/with my family. I enjoyed it - and so did they! We'll have to go through it again, though. It's been a while. :) Glad you enjoyed it!
At the moment, with devotions, I am reading "Beautiful Girlhood" and "Set-Apart Femininity"...but then just novel-reading, I'm going through The Chronicles of Narnia. On #5: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". Have you read any of those?

Hope you're having a great weekend!
~Miss Raquel

PS: Like Andrea's new pic :)

Marissa and Andrea said...

Hi Miss Raquel,
Yep, I've read those! :) We haven't read Beautiful Girlhood in a long time though... maybe we should re-read it soon. :)

Marissa and Andrea said...

Hi Miss Raquel,
Yep, I've read those! :) We haven't read Beautiful Girlhood in a long time though... maybe we should re-read it soon. :)