Bible Reading – Are You Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (What to Do Instead)

Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll become a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s vital to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To boost your Bible reading, be sure to avoid these 3 big mistakes.

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so eager to get into the Word, you forget to ask God for help understand what you are about to read. This is easy to do.

What to do instead: Get into the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer does not have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to focus on — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t that a great prayer? Why not make it your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and the other is spiritual. And we need God’s help to focus our spiritual eyes so we are able to “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

Bible Reading Mistake #2 – Not actually reading the Bible.

Here’s a question that may seem a bit strange: When you sit down to learn the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you currently reading a devotional book instead?

Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books concerning the Bible. But a good devotional is no replacement for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Ensure you are hanging out actually reading the Bible!

A true believer includes a love for the Word that compels him/her to hunger and thirst for God’s truth.

Again, it’s OK to read Bible study guides and commentaries along with other books about spiritual growth. There are so many good ones out there! But do not forget to simply open the Book and read the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Do you have an appetite for God’s Word? If not, ask God to give it to you. He would love to do that for you!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you browse the Bible, how do you go about it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you have a tendency to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit yourself to familiar passages. Malachi 3:10 You are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible so that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Read the Bible one book at a time.

Remember that the Bible is really a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is area of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book can be a complete story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (like the shorter books of the New Testament written by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage one to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One simple method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one at a time. In the event that you read a chapter a day, it will require about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters a day, it will take 3 months.

So set a goal to read the entire New Testament inside a certain time frame. Wouldn’t that be cool?

And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that may have life-changing results. For as you spend quality time in the Word, you are spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you’ll find yourself caught up in the sweetness of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.