leiturabiblica2Why bother reading the whole Bible? Many of us want to read the Bible but we lack motivation and commitment.

The word of God is a weapon against whatever the enemy’s hurls at us. So we need to know God’s word and not only take people’s word of what they say about the Bible. Here’s why:

Right after the Lord Jesus was baptized he went to the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days. It was there that the Bible says he was tempted by the enemy in many aspects.

The first temptation was hunger; the second one was power; and the last temptation was testing God.

“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” (Matt. 4:6) Satan quoted Psalm 91:11.

But “Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” (Matt. 4:7)

Satan used the word of God itself to tempt the Lord. The enemy knows the Word and uses it in order to attack us. But the Lord with boldness of spirit, rebuked the enemy using God’s word!

This why it matters to know God’s word. Beside from having a good arsenal of scripture to use to preach, we’ll have a good arsenal to defend ourselves from the enemy!

I read the entire Bible for the first time when I was 13 years old. I didn’t believe I could do it because it looked like it’d be difficult and only something those with some grey on their heads could accomplish.

But I set the goal of reading ten chapters a day. I’d do that starting from Genesis and all the way to Revelations. It didn’t matter if it was a holiday, or a weekend. I woke up early every day to read the Bible and there was no exception.

Sometimes I read five chapters in the morning and five at night and sometimes I read ten chapters right in the morning. It was easier in the beginning because I was excited to fulfill my goal, however, after a while, the task felt harder to finish. I got weaker with each passing day and there were days in which I didn’t even read it.

But the Lord compelled me in my Spirit to know His word. I couldn’t have a lukewarm approach. I had to be fervent in the Lord.

I wanted to have more intimacy with the Lord and that meant I had to know Him better. So I sought to enjoy of His word everyday and call upon His name all the time. If I didn’t read the Bible on Wednesday, for example, because I was exhausted, I remembered the hymn 208: “O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord! Forgive me if I say, for very love, Thy sacred name a thousand times a day.” The message of the hymn is that it isn’t enough to call upon the Lord’s name a thousand times over a day! Even that isn’t enough. This pushed me so if I missed the ten chapters on Thursday then I didn’t read twenty chapters to compensate the ones I haven’t read on the day before. I read ten chapters so I wouldn’t be discouraged again.

Doing so, I managed to read the whole Bible for the first time! I was very happy because the Lord helped me in every step!

But simply reading the Bible consistently doesn’t mean you’re enjoy Christ. Sometimes we read His word in a careless way to the point we can hardly remember what we read an hour prior. So we need to empty ourselves first. And does this happen?

O Lord Jesus! We need to pray and ask for the blood of Jesus before we read His word, so we are clean to go to God and be in His presence.

When we read the Bible, we need to read His word with prayer. Stop and pray every time you come across a verse that touches you! I can’t begin to describe how much this will satisfy and fill you with life!

I read the Bible three times in this way (ten chapters a day), and in the fourth time I did it differently. I decided to follow the daily reading table that we all can find at a Bookafe or in some annotated Bibles.

The experience was rich! On this fourth reading, I read less than ten chapters a day and this gave me the opportunity to dwell more God’s word and it was easier to fulfill my goal, because I didn’t have the strict regiment of reading ten chapters a day, of keeping track of your reading and making up for missed days.

In the fourth reading of Bible, where I took the time to ruminate and dwell on shorter amount of passages, the Lord gave me exactly what I needed each day!

All this being said, there isn’t a right way to read the Bible, but is should do it. I encourage every one to take this initiative and to be armed with of the holy word of God every day!

We won’t know the Word from overnight, but the Lord will fill us with His word little by little, day by day, reading after reading.

“I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.” (Psalms 119:147-148)

Author: Isabela Scheicher

Translation of the article Como ler a Bíblia em 1 ano (Blog Eu vos escrevi)