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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Reading the Bible

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible is a supernatural book that can bring power into our lives. Yet many read it without any profit and remain powerless. If that’s the case, a different approach is necessary. Come to the Word with prayer, avoid making these common mistakes, and find renewal for your spiritual walk…

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Reading the Bible

1. Reading it too fast.  The Bible is a supernatural book and not a novel. It requires your deliberate attention. Search for meaning in it as you would for gold.

Meditation is the process of going over a text or section and thinking about it repeatedly. What did it mean in its original context? How does it apply today? What does it teach about God or man? How might I worship God because of what I’ve read?

2. Focusing more on the things you don’t understand.  It’s good to wrestle with hard passages, and sometimes great revelation comes. But don’t get stuck. If you don’t understand something now, you may later.

Don’t stumble. If something doesn’t make sense, move on to what does make sense. Don’t give up. Much of the Bible is hard to read, but much of it is also easy. Move on to what you can handle.

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I’m Fine and Other Lies

lies   I lived in China for 18 years. One of the things I appreciated about Chinese culture was the way people greeted each other in passing. The Chinese greet each other saying, “Have you eaten yet?” It’s easy enough to answer. There’s no glossing over how you really feel. You simply say yes or no! […] Continue reading →

Biblical Positive Confession

  Some people get upset when they hear about positive confession. They associate it with New Age teaching, or some other religious fluff. Worse yet, it may be likened to “name it claim it” theology! And because they have misunderstood or have been taught wrongly, they shun what is an otherwise profound biblical concept and […] Continue reading →

In Word and Deed

Faith without WORDS is dead! We are created in the image of a communicating God, and it’s not what goes in the mouth, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If we believe, we need to confess Jesus is Lord. What comes out of the mouth on a regular […] Continue reading →

Hung by the Tongue

  They say you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the truth is everyone is packing a loaded tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have the ability to release death and life. That’s […] Continue reading →

Hold On To Your Crown

Even when everything is right in the Christian life, there’s still trouble to deal with in this world. The church in Philadelphia received only encouraging words from the Lord (Revelation 3:7-13), yet they had their troubles. Don’t mistakenly think that just because faith is all about the abundant life, that everything just clicks and works […] Continue reading →

OUR Authority in Christ

  Everybody loves to cheer for the underdog! It’s not enough to go the distance; audiences must see Rocky win—again and again. Has there ever been a greater underdog than a dead person? And yet Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over all the natural odds. But Jesus was NEVER the underdog. He was […] Continue reading →