Friday, January 22, 2010

The Importance of Reading Your Bible Daily

I am pretty sure we have all already heard preachers and many other people encourage and sometimes urge us to all read our bibles daily. But not all of them ever explained exactly why we as Christians need to do this. I will now attempt to explain exactly why the daily reading of Scripture is so important.

John 6:35 - And Jesus said unto them, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (KJV)

Here Jesus Christ says that He is the bread of life. Now let’s look at:-

Matthew 4:4 - But he answered and said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (KJV)

Now here Jesus says that we as, reborn spiritual beings, shall not physically live on bread alone, but also spiritually on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Now in the first chapter of the book of John we read that the Word (God’s Word) became flesh: John 1:14 - "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (KJV). So then obviously Jesus Christ is the Word of God.

Now if Jesus is the Word and also the Bread (spiritual bread) then just as we all need physical bread (food) daily, we also need the spiritual bread (Word of God) daily or else we become malnourished. And needless to say, we all know the Holy Bible is the Word of God. So it means if we do not take in (read) our bibles daily we in a sense become spiritually malnourished.

In the same way if we don’t rely on our Bread (Jesus) daily then we die spiritually just as we would die physically if we went for days without eating food and drinking water due to malnourishment. So then if the daily intake of food makes us grow stronger physically, then the daily intake of the Word of God (Holy Bible) will make us grow stronger spiritually.

So therefore we need to read our bibles daily so we can gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and of our Heavenly Father and also mature in His Word (grow in Christ).

Luke 9:23 - And he said to them all, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (KJV)

In the verse above Jesus Christ says that we should take up our crosses daily, so it could be concluded that if we are to carry our crosses daily, we will also need to eat and drink the bread and waters of life daily so that we will have the strength to carry our crosses.

I beg you please to understand that I am in no way claiming that reading your bible daily will get you into heaven. I am merely stating that it will help you grow spiritually.

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