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The Benefits of Reading the Bible

We all want a better life, to enjoy good health, have success in all our endeavors and be fulfilled in our work. In the past the main source people had to learn how to reach such lofty goals was books about people who achieved these things. Now, with the advent of the internet there are cadres of experts available to tell you, usually for a fee, how to obtain all these things. It should give you pause that the way many experts achieved their better life was by selling ideas about how others can achieve theirs.

Self-help advice - the Bible

What if you had a source of information that didn’t personally benefit from teaching you how to better yourself? What if the source was genuinely only interested in your well-being? We’re all skeptics at heart but we can agree that if such an impartial or altruistic source existed we should listen to it. We have such a source, the Bible. Before you sigh and click on to some other web-site, consider this

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There are lots of ways to look at the Bible: as a history book, as narrative, as poetry and certainly as holy scripture. Have you ever thought about why the Bible was written? One passage in 2 Timothy gives us a pretty good answer.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man [or woman] of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:16-17

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Are there some areas of your life where you’d like to grow and improve? Do you need more wisdom at times? Could you use some help figuring out how to be happier? How about some general life guidance?

You could turn to any one of a hundred experts who will be happy, for small monthly payments, to coach you to success. Or you could devote yourself to regular Bible reading.  There are hundreds of reasons I could give you for why this is a good idea. Let me give you seven from Psalm 119.

7 Benefits of Reading Your Bible

  1. It will keep you from sin Psalm 119:11.
  2. It will strengthen you Psalm 119:28.
  3. It will guide your steps Psalm 119:105.
  4. It will give you joy Psalm 119:111.
  5. It will lead you to wisdom Psalm 119:130.
  6. It will keep you from stumbling Psalm 119:165.
  7. It will bring you back to God Psalm 119:176.

If you don’t have a regular habit of reading the Bible you’re missing out on one of the most important keys to improving your life.

If you want a free app to help you and keep you on track check out YouVersion. I like it a lot and use it regularly.

How has the Bible changed your life?  Please leave a comment or question below.

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Ward Cushman

My journey of faith started when I was nine years old when I realized that Jesus died and rose again to pay for my sins. At the age of thirteen I felt the call of God on my life for ministry.

I have been fortunate to work in the marketplace for over ten years and in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years.

My passion is to teach God's Word in such a way that it is easy to understand and so that God uses it to bring about life change in those who hear it.

It is my greatest joy to see God work through me to produce fruit for His glory!