Taste and See
Here are a few statics on our Christian living and spiritual growth as it relates to the bible. According to https://www.pewresearch.org Christianity makes up about 31% of the 7.3 billion world populations. Another study show that 4 in 10 Christians read the bible and only 1 in 4 turn to the Bible for guidance.
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Why is the Bible so difficult to Read
There are many writing and teachings on how to read, study and memorize the bible. People have come up with prayer journals, study guides you name it to assist Christians on digesting the scriptures, as stated in Deuteronomy 8:3.
If you are anything like me, I wandered how on earth do those people who have read the bible from cover to cover get through it? Do they really understand it, or am I just not Christian or spiritual enough. In the past my attempts of reading the bible would put me to sleep. This went on for years, eventually, I just gave up reading and the only scripture reading I got was in church. I was filled with guilt and shame because I thought I was a bad Christian or letting GOD down.
Later I was made to realize I had the wrong lenses on when it came to scripture reading. Education and belief systems have taught us to just get through it, being robotic about things in life. We tend to do things out of obligation, not genuine relationships. So our bond to a thing is not based on adoration, or of a heart matter, but solely from a place of requirement. This is how many approach reading the Bible.
Many feel obligated to read the Bible. Our bible reading does not touch the heart of GOD. He gave us the bible not to intimidate and obligate us out of fear or guilt but for us to have a desire to know and have a relationship with Him. He has given us commands but those all stem from His love to see us live healthier, wiser, more balanced, and fortified lives. Understanding the bible takes a genuine desire to have a relationship with the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, just as we desire genuine relationships with one another especially our spouses and children.
Reading His Word inspires Christian living and spiritual growth but it also aligns up for the manifestation of His promises. However promises are permitted by the giver not the receiver. A lot of Christians try to control when and how a promise should be materialized. We try to master over GOD, taking lordship over the intent of the Word. When it doesn’t manifest how we want we now see the Word as non-essential or irrelevant. This and the next two articles, I will explain the process of attaining the Word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE.
Looking at the numbers and chart we see that there is a great number of Christians but very minimal have regular engagement with the scriptures and the bible.
It is imperative to realize memorizing the scriptures is not key to understanding the scriptures. There must be genuine relationship with the individual, the Father and Holy Spirit. To understand scriptures moves an individual beyond self-perception and allow the Creator to reveal His intent. Scripture understanding requires giving up control, and allowing Holy Spirit to bring us into truth. It’s our nature to justify our actions, thoughts and words, this create a tainted perception, and we self-interpret the Word through beneficial reasoning and reject it when doesn’t fit our agenda.
We do need to memorize scripture but more importantly we must understand it. Memorizing indicates our minds have capacity to retain information, however wisdom has the ability to comprehend and apply the knowledge.
As Sweet as PIE
“The Word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE” was given to me by Holy Spirit. At the beginning of the month I would listen to DisciplesArise on Facebook. Regine has catch phrase the “Word of GOD is as easy as ABC”, and that is how she breaks the scriptures down. I liked that phrase and asked for my very own and bam! just like that within 10 minutes GOD started downloading “The Word of GOD is as Sweet as PIE. Explaining the PIE is an acronym standing for His Principle, Instruction and Empowerment. It gives the ability to dissect the scriptures into the three components for clarity. This process can be done with one or several scriptures. This procedure sanctions for biblical application in daily Christian walk. The most important thing is partnering with Holy Spirit for interpretation and application.
Benefits of reading the bible daily
Listed below are a few benefit to reading the bible.
- GOD Will – We must be aware that there is a general Will of GOD for all believers. However, GOD has an personalized will(plan) as stated in Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)
- It helps minimize the guess work on life’s journey.
- Open communication channels and guidance by Holy Spirit. It strengthen and reminding us of His promises and it gives points of reference.
Reading the bible can be a challenge, the application of the Word can be even more of challenge, don’t give up. Be released from feeling s of guilt or shame. Instead of frustration allow Holy Spirit to take control and begin to minister. Have a mindset change from relying on our ability and education to interpret scripture and permit Holy Spirit guidance. The Word and its intent has nothing to do with our emotional feeling that is very unstable. Partnering with Holy Spirit allows us to dissect His Word into His Principle, Instructions, and Empowerment. Permit the bible to be an instructional manual to experience better Christian living and spiritual growth, go “from Pieces to Peace”.