I have started reading my Bible as of the first of this year. When I finish reading it, in its entirety, I save the page that I have used to check off the chapters that were used. This is my seventh time to read through the whole Bible. It can take three months, but I am going slowly through this time. I may only read it one time this year.
Today I finished reading the New Testament book of Philippians. I read chapter 3-4 because they were next on the page. I love this way of methodically going through the Bible, and choosing which book to read next. I don’t have to go in consecutive order, and yet, I can choose where to read next. I am getting excited about this, because the New Testament is coming along. I have yet to complete the Psalms in the Old Testament. I have several books left to finish. I want to be balanced in the reading, so I will read on, more chapters at a time.
I feel a sensing of accomplishment when I have finished the Bible. It is like reading an interesting book, only this one is special. It isn’t like an ordinary book. The Bible was written by men who were inspired by God to write it. It took many years for this to be put together. I love the Psalms. They will be easy to finish because Psalms is a book I read almost year round.
Why read the same book 7 times? I am a Christian. From my point of view, the Word is never wasted when it is read. It produces light. It keeps me walking straight with God on His path. I need the light that it offers. I am not being proud in telling you. I am letting you know that it is a pleasure to read the Word, for myself. I study, because I feel that I will be teaching the Word again. I need to read it for it provides light to my soul. It is a lamp that lights my way, and I readily see areas that need to be healed, or things that I need to change in my life.
I made a commitment to try to finish the Bible this year. I started reading it January 1st, so I am trying to complete it. Several times in reading over a passage helps me see things differently. In Language classes, a professor will require that a piece of literature be read several, times. I believe the more, one can read the Bible, and take it to heart, the better. I am not racing through the Bible. I have taken my time to slowly, go through it this time, and to glean what I can from reading it once more.
When you read the Word like this, it will surface again when you need the encouragement of the Lord. I am praying for someone who confided in me. I believe God will help her. God gave me wisdom, and I think it was from the Holy Spirit. Take the Word inside, and it becomes a light, a treasure, and it will not return empty.
I take with me a pad of paper, and my journal. I date the journal page, and write down the chapter that I’m reading. I usually find five, passages that mean something to me. I write them down verbatim. It is not easy to write long passages of the Bible down, but it is Kinesthetic, because I will remember the passage.
One physical reason for reading the Bible is that it produces healing for the mind, body, and soul. Psalm 1 talks about a person being happy who meditates on the Word of God. I am going slowly, because I respect the Word, and rushing through isn’t the point. I believe the Word of God is like a mighty waterfall. It cleanses, it brings forth blessing, and produces the joy, peace, kindness, love of God, and the fruit of the Spirit of God, because you take the Word inside you. I need the fruit of the Holy Spirit in me as well as the gifts that God will give. I believe the Word is living, and alive and that it produces the fruit of faith, faithfulness, and gentleness. Knowing the Word of God is good, and when you teach, it helps to be familiar with the text…even the Bible, text.