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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Are You Offended?

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