As Christians we go to the Bible for everything, or at least we know we should go to the Bible for everything. It’s impacted us one way or the other on something we have read or heard before, but is also sometimes a challenge to us as well. It can be hard to read, seem old, or even out of place in today’s culture, but oftentimes we forget to see what the Bible actually has to say about itself.
I’m convinced more than ever today that spending time with Jesus is the hardest thing for us Christians to do and there are a lot of reasons why. I believe the most important reason it is difficult is because we have a real enemy who is against us and knows the power that takes place when we spend time with God.
The primary way we do this as believers is through the Bible. Since the Bible itself declares that it is the very word of God, I think that’s one of the main reasons it’s so hard to read it. The enemy is against us reading the Bible. Let me encourage you to just read small chunks of it, one day at a time. Maybe start in one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and just read a chapter a day. Just start there…start somewhere…and see what God does through time with Him.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on scripture:
Matthew 4:4 – But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Psalm 19:7-8 – The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Romans 15:4 – For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
James 1:25 – But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Deuteronomy 7:12 – And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.