Monday, April 8, 2019

Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First

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Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First

Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First


Personally I read my Bible every day. This wasn’t always the case. I made an attempt to read my Bible every day but would fail often. I eventually felt Gods pull on me asking me to read the Bible daily.

When I started writing the Purpose and Love blog I started to read the Bible multiple times a day because I would need multiple verses for reference in my posts.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to read the Bible every day. Reading the Bible every day would be because of a personal conviction. We need to pay attention to personal conviction by God. When God tells us or asks us to read our Bible we should pick up our Bible and read it. The Bible is God’s way of speaking to us, and when God asks us to pick up our Bible he is wanting to talk to us. When we don’t pick up our Bible, we are telling God no and not letting God talk to us.

God calls for us to read the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. How can we come against the schemes of the devil if we don’t read our Bible? God shows us how to defeat the enemy, shows us love, forgiveness, and so many other things in his Word. If we aren’t picking up his Word how do we know what he is trying to say to us? 

Exodus 24:7 "Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient."Exodus 24:7 - “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

How do we know what the Lord has spoken if we don’t read the Bible? We need to read the Bible to hear what he is telling us to do so that we can be obedient to him. Reading the Bible helps us to hide God’s Word in our heart.

This brings me to obedience.

Obedience and Putting God First


When we tell God no and don’t read our Bible when he asks us to, we are being disobedient. Disobedience isn’t okay. God gives grace and forgiveness but we shouldn’t be disobedient intentionally.

If God asks us to read our Bible every day we should do it.


God wants us to put him first. If we aren’t in the Bible and praying every day we aren’t putting God first. We are putting our life, work, family, friends, desires, phone, TV, etc., first. We are telling God that we are too busy for him. We should desire a close relationship with God, putting God first. To know God we need to read the Bible. God wants to be our friend. We should talk to him daily and part of listening to him is by reading our Bible.

How often do we talk to our best friend or spouse that is our friend (best friend)? Probably every day. And part of that friendship is listening. When we have a friendship with God, we want/need to listen. He’s supposed to be our closest friend, even closer than our best friend or spouse. (Proverbs 18:24)

Exodus 33:11 – Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…

Religious vs Obedience

Some people think that being religious includes how often we read our Bible. Which is incorrect. Being religious is listening to the rules or laws of the church. Reading our Bible and how often is a personal conviction given to us by God. God doesn’t want us to be religious. God calls us to be obedient to his laws and commands. One thing he asks us to do is read his Word. How often we should read the Word is between us and God. God will convict each person by their walk with him. If we want to grow in our relationship with Christ and get to know God deeper then we need to get into his word. In all things, listen to God.

2 Corinthians 2:9 – For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

We need to be obedient to what God says to us. We shouldn’t let another person tell us how often we should read our Bible that is between us and God. We need to be obedient to what God tells us to do.

Exodus 23:22 "But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries."
Exodus 23:22 – “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

 If he tells us to read our Bible once a day, every day, then we should do it. If God asks us to read our Bible every other day then we need to do just that. We shouldn’t intentionally be disobedient.

Romans 6:1-4 – What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

We shouldn’t knowingly sin or be disobedient to God just because we know that there is grace. Grace works when we unknowingly sin or are unknowingly disobedient. Don’t be a slave to sin. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)

In Closing

God wants to be our closest friend and to put him first. When we are putting him first we are having daily conversations with him and part of listening to him is reading his Word.

If we don’t feel like we need to read our Bible every day that is between us and God. Everyone has different convictions concerning how often to read their Bible.

If we want to get closer to God and show him that we are putting him first that requires us to put down things that we value more than we value our time with God. It also requires us to be obedient to when God is asking us to read the Bible.
God Speaks to us through his Word.God speaks to us through his Word. We can’t have an effective conversation with him if we are quick to talk to him but not quick to be silent and listen. Being an effective listener requires reading the Bible.

Having conversations with God is praying. But understand that prayer and conversations with God requires listening. If we want answers from God and to hear from God we need to read his Word.

Talk to God and ask him how often he wants you to read your Bible. Be silent and listen to his answer.















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8 comments:

  1. I have read it since I could read and there is always something new to learn, it's a joy not a chore. People should approach it with the right attitude.

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    1. Absolutely. The Bible is alive and we will learn something new each time we open it.

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  2. I wish the church spent more time teaching people how to have a relationship with Jesus. We love Him because He first loved us. But if we don’t know how to experience that love, then we don’t know how to draw near.

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    1. Yes! Absolutely. I'm thankful to go to a church that does. But, you are absolutely correct, more churches definitely need to teach how to have a relationship with Jesus. I love that as a Christian blogger I can focus on things that the church sometimes misses. <3

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  3. I remember when I was a kid, watching my mom read her Bible every day. For hours. And noticing the way she just savored it! Whenever I had a problem or question, she could pull out a verse that perfectly applied because she knew the Word of God so well and His words were precious to her! I knew I wanted that same relationship with Jesus, so I began to open my own Bible and read it every day at a very young age.
    What a treasure it has been to me through the storms of life! When things get crazy, I have the firm foundation of the Bible to stand on. I am so glad I listened to the conviction of the Holy Spirit when I was young and watching my mom read her Bible! It has changed everything!

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    1. I love sweet memories like that. Thank you for sharing. I love turning to the Word of God through tough times. It helps in every situation. <3

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  4. My pastor does an excellent job of teaching us to be in a relationship with Jesus. I love sitting under his teaching and prayer covering. I didn't have an example growing up. But I need His Words in me everyday so I can experience His peace. I love His Word! ❤

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    1. That is wonderful to hear. It's important to be in a relationship with Jesus. <3

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