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 turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s vital to spend quality time in the Bible every day. To improve 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 term, you forget to ask God for help to understand what you are about to read. This is an easy task to do.

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

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

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

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and another is spiritual. And we need God’s help 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 could seem a bit strange: When you sit down to learn the Bible, are you reading the Bible? Or are you reading a devotional book instead?

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

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

A true believer includes a love for the term 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 don’t 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 provide it to you. He’d love to do that for you!

Acts 4:12 Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you read the Bible, how do you start it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You’re really short-changing yourself if you do. God wrote the Bible so that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Browse the Bible one book at the same time.

Remember that the Bible is a book of books. You can find 66 books in the Bible, and each is area of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book is also a whole 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 compiled by Paul, Peter, James and John).

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

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

And you’ll cultivate a love for God’s Word which will 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 will find yourself swept up in the sweetness of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.