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Why Read The Bible Daily?

Reading the Word of God is essential to growth in Christ Jesus.

The Word is living. It is alive.

Putting it into our minds and hearts daily is the only way for ongoing transformation.

Over time, we develop a taste for it and must have it everyday.

There is no better addiction than to the vital lifeline to God. This is through the revelation of his Son via the Holy Scriptures.

Like our daily meals, scriptures need to be put in daily. We must eat and drink them, for man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)


We Need The Entire Bible For Transformation

It is important to read several scriptures, a whole chapter, a complete passage and over time, the entire Bible. We must also try to read it everyday. We learn the context of points, lessons and stories and get a more accurate understanding about what is being said.

Christians who only read and quote favorite scriptures do not grow. 

We need all of the Word over a period of time for our minds to be renewed and to begin to be transformed. 

As we daily read the Bible the conversion begins. This is through the Holy Spirit. He took up residence in our reborn spirits when we acknowledged and accepted Jesus Christ as God's ordained Savior. The Holy Spirit is a person, like Our Father and Our Savior. He's not a dove, a tongue of flame or a breeze, though he can use these things to operate. 

Working with the Holy Spirit through acceptance and obedience, and eating and drinking a variety of Bible scriptures daily starts the miracle transformation within us. We can then learn to apply the Word to our daily lives in a practical and beneficial way.

Being A Positive-Minded Christian

Living a successful Christian life and doing things God's way requires a positive mindset. Walking in the Spirit requires a positive mindset. Being transformed by the renewing of our minds through reading the Word daily requires positive mindsets going in. Allowing our faith to be increased by God requires positive mindsets. Make no mistake, for wonderful changes to come about, we have to start with positive mindsets. We have to believe! That is positive-mindedness. 

Have you been negative-minded when coming to God in prayer? Were you raised in a negative-minded family? Have your trials and troubles in life fostered a negative mind in you? Are you so tired of life, so tired of praying, so tired of hoping that your mind is now negative to God's possibilities? Well, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Guide and will restore positivity and faith in us if we let Him.

Allowing the Word to sink in as we read it daily will prune us. We are the branches of Jesus Christ and we have to be regularly trimmed in spirit and attitude. This cutting process will convert and transform our negativeness to the positive-minded position that we need to be in to receive from Our Heavenly Father. 

Are you eating and drinking The Word daily? Are you reading around in The Bible rather than reading the same old scriptures that are tired to your mind and heart? Are you ensuring that you are getting a balance of The Word rather than reading The Lord is my shepherd or Our Father, which art in Heaven everyday? Are you becoming familiar with more obscure scriptures? It takes the entire Word, Old and New Testaments, to transform us and round us out to positive thinking, feeling and behaving. 

What Are Your Favorite Bible Translations?


From What Bible Translation Do You Like To Study?

What Translation Best Helps You To Memorize Scripture?

Naturally as a researcher and writer, I like using various Bible translations. Some Christians feel that certain translations are not reliable. They mainly base their opinion on the origin of the translation. Others focus on promoting only the KJV (King James Version) of the Bible. They are pretty aggressive in insisting and demanding that this is the only Bible version that any Christian should read. 

By the way, you probably don't know that the King James Version of the Holy Bible belongs to the Crown of England or the Church of England. It is owned by the British Royal Family. I discovered this through my research on what types of permissions I would need to use Bible scriptures in my digital and printable products for sale.

The operative words here, that we have never really thought about, are King James Version = King James of England. He was instrumental in bringing about the existence of our KJV Bible, which originated through ancient scrolls and documents.

I was disappointed to learn that all versions of the Bible belong to the publishing companies that publish them. Permission to use those scripture versions has to be obtained from these companies. The guidelines and restrictions can often be complicated and frustrated.

The King James Version, however, being owned by the Royal Family, can be used freely, without permission, by anyone outside of Great Britain. Anyone residing with GB has to obtain permission from the Royal Family administration.

I wondered why I should have to get permission to use the words of God in any way. Afterall, the Bible belongs to God and as a Christian, I felt that the Bible belongs to me. The practical truth is that without the efforts and expense of many people who discovered, restored, preserved and translated the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient documents, we would not have the Bible today.

According to the laws of our societies, those persons/companies are entitled to the rights of the properties that they created. In other words, they created another version of an original property. They had to get permission through whatever document they started with to create their version. These procedures are often lengthy and expensive.

For my Christian products, I simply use the KJV version. It's easier and faster in that I don't have to ask anyone for permission. I also paraphrase scriptures, which is breaking down the meanings to more simple language that anyone can understand. 

For daily reading and memorizing scriptures, I prefer the King James Version because it is what I was raised on. It uses difficult language that frustrates the average Christian but I am familiar with it. I feel that my scriptures have more power when I memorize them in KJV. Again, that is only because I am so familiar with it from childhood and, somehow, my spirit embraced the language.

I also use many Bible versions, and other books, in my research, including the NKJV (New King James Version), NIV (New International Version), the RSV (Revised Standard Version) and the GNB (Good News Bible). I like the very simple, contemporary language of the GNB and the line drawings.

I've heard several Christians renounce the NIV, stating that it is inaccurate in some ways. I still refer to it for illumination alongside my KJV. For me, the bottom line it that I can learn from anything, because I have God's Spirit within, who leads and guides me to all truth.

I use everything I can to grow in Christ, knowing that God is the final authority. I don't have to agree with everything but I can learn from them. Everything belongs to God and can be used by him. I don't ever want to reject any source of knowledge.


Bible Power Is Between The Lines

The Bible Can Be More Than Just An Icon To You
Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible is just a book with words on paper like any other book. God's Word is the spirit of what is being taught in between the lines of all of those scriptures.

The true meat is what we can only discern through the power of the Holy Spirit within us. This Power opens our spiritual eyes and gives us revelations, secrets and keys.

The True Bible Is The Spirit Between The Lines

What the Bible's words do in our spirits and in our hearts is the most important thing, not the Bible itself. That's why we should read it everyday and regularly memorize the scriptures.

If the time should ever come when Bibles are being confiscated and burned in the country where we live, we'll have much of it inside of us.

Memorize Scripture And No One Can Take The Bible Away From You

Quote scriptures and defeat spiritual enemies! Strike them down with the precise Words of God! Crush them in the many ways that the Sword of the Spirit provides for you to do it! Speak the Word with accuracy, confidence and power. 

Hide God's revelation Word in your heart so that no one can ever take it away from you! Be quick to draw the real Sword when needed!

If you haven't, start a scripture memory program today!

Guide your children in memorizing scriptures at a very young age! 

It is the very best weapon that you can give to them

to navigate this evil and wicked world!

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!

Psalm 119:11 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105