I don’t read the Bible, I just listen to my pastor

This past weekend I made my way to my usual fishing spot to witness, Downtown Montgomery.  There was a Biscuits game that evening and as always, they make great opportunities to “PRACTICE” sharing your faith as they attract lots of people from very diverse backgrounds.    After the majority of fans entered the stadium, I made a walk through downtown in search of people to talk to.  

There were two people I spoke to that evening that I think defines many, hear me now, “Professing Christians.”  One way they stand out from a true believer is a lack of desire for God’s word. 

The two men that I witnessed to said all the correct lingo when it came to Christian common knowledge. Such as, they knew that Christ died for sin & man’s good works won’t save them just to mention a few.  However one aspect of their conversations is that they neglected the word of God.  One man even went as far to admit that he did not need to read the bible, all he must do is listen to his pastor and sermons.   The other gentleman when asked when was the last time he had read his bible. His response was when he had last went to church, about a month ago.

I have spoken to many professing believers that know all the right words and seem very excited about God, but when it comes to the topic of the bible and reading it, sadly many neglect it.

When I encounter those who admit to this fault, I am quickly reminded of Job 23:12, where he mentions that he treasures His mouth(  the word of God ) more than food.  A great example none the less to us when we have all sorts of excuses for not spending quality time within the word of God.

I think as well that the importance of God word and reading and understanding it is given it value none better than Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

His word is Alive and active, Amen.

To be clear and honest on this subject, if anyone can speak on the neglecting of reading God’s word, it is I. I to get busy and at times can have it seems a thousands things going on at once.   I’m busy though can not be used as an excuse. It is His word again that is alive and active, sharpen than any sword known to man.  It helps us to know and understand who It is we serve, the One True God. 

When we read and study the bible and all it contents we are reading scripture that is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work ~ 2 Tim 3:16-17 .   Would we rather sit in front of kings than hear the gospel?  What shame that brings if we do. 

A response to those that admit to not reading the bible, I share with them one I heard some time ago from Ray Comfort.

Can you go four days without food? I ask.

 Most reply yes.

 Well if you do what usually occurs?

I get sick or weak.

Indeed you do. Your body need the nourishment that comes from food. Your body can’t live long with out it.

Can you then imagine what your spirit goes through when you neglect His word?  Weak. And you wonder why you stumble and give into sin so easily.

Afterward, I share with them the scripture from Job and 2 Timothy and try to encourage them read God’s word and obey what it says. 

Do you neglect the word of God? Do you spend more time in front of the computer or TV than you do treasuring God’s word?   Do you have any desire whatsoever to read it?   Let me encourage you, set a time, make plans to read it.   Desire the word more than food! Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes that as you read each new scripture, may it be as if scales are removed and you see scripture as you have never seen it before with joy and understanding for His word that he has given to us.

May I suggest too a bible reading plan that I have recommend before as have many others. Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan.  Yes, it sound complicated, but once you get going, you will look forward to the next chapter of this two-edged sword.

Here is a link for more info on Professor Horner’s Bible reading Plan…  Use it and share it with others…  

 https://evangelizeyourcity.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/professor-horners-bible-reading-system/   

 Light the darkness,

David

www.EvangelizeYourCity.org


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