Is Reading the Bible Really Necessary?

How do you remain unafraid and unworried by the changing seasons in your life? In hard times, where do you turn to for guidance and direction?

One of the ways to know what God wants to tell you is through His Word – the Bible.

What is the Bible?

The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 books that accounts God’s action in the world, and His purpose with all creation.

God inspired and used different authors to write the Bible as said in 2 Peter 1:21, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

It is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

You may ask, “Do I have to read the Bible?”

Yes. Apart from getting direction in life, God also offers His Word in the Bible so He can reveal Himself to you.

And just like how newborn babies need milk to survive, new followers of Jesus also need His Word to flourish. It is the key to your spiritual growth and strengthened faith!

Depriving yourself of this “spiritual food” will hinder your growth.

So, how does one grow by reading the Bible?

Before you accepted God as your Lord and Savior, you may have lived by the world’s standards. But don’t worry, He is now transforming your life!

Now that you are in Him, He has opened your heart that you may understand the Bible as the ultimate standard for all the areas of your life. The more you read and hear it, the more it helps your faith grow!

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

What does the Bible reveal?

As you read, study, and meditate on the Bible, you would be amazed about the many things it reveals about God and yourself.

God. Have you ever wondered about the true characteristics of God? The Bible reveals them. Apart from the truth that God is the Creator of the ends of the earth (Isaiah 40:28), it also reveals that God is love (1 John 4:8), holy (Isaiah 6:3), faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13), and all-knowing (1 John 3:20). He is also gracious, righteous, and is full of compassion! (Psalm 116:5).

You. The Bible helps you discover your identity and purpose in life. You are a child of God (John 1:12), chosen and appointed (John 15:16), and created in His own image (Genesis 1:27). It also reveals that “God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Isn’t it amazing that the Creator of heaven and earth has written a book for you? He wants you to discover His treasures of truth, grace, and glory through it! He wants you to study the Bible so you may experience His transforming love.

Got questions about the Bible? You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 and we would love to guide you and pray for you!

Meanwhile, expand your knowledge about His Word by tuning in to Love the Word, Live the Word online show every Monday, 8 PM, on the CBN Asia, The 700 Club Asia, Batang Superbook, and I Can Breakthrough Facebook pages.

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