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9/21/16 - Do you read and study God’s Word?

Published: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

For the gracious hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.  Ezra 7:9b-10

No other book has been studied and read as much as the Bible. It is like comparing the distance from the earth to the moon (the Bible), to the distance from your home to your mailbox (any other book).  No other book is like it. And yet, many Believers try to live a Christian life without ever having read the Bible. Most Believers rely on others to explain its contents. Some Believers try to understand the Bible using their own mental capabilities. Most Believers desire to read the Bible but find it too difficult and hard to understand and quit reading their Bible.


Before I was 30, I had taught Bible study classes (children’s classes and a few discipleship classes).  But I was not teaching the Bible with a dependence on the Holy Spirit to reveal His Word to me. I tried to understand the Bible through my own intellect. I failed miserably, and I felt miserable!  I asked God, “Why do you make your Word so hard to understand?”

When God finally got through to me, He showed me that understanding His Word had nothing to do with my intellectual capacity or what others would tell me about the Bible. It all had to do with knowing that it is God’s Word.  He would reveal to me truths about His Word through the Holy Spirit at His timing.

When I was 30, I saw the need to devote myself to God and His Word as opposed to trying to understand it. The most significant change occurred when I saw God’s story of redemption, and how He wanted to reveal that story throughout the Bible. In other words, I sensed within myself a deep and sincere need to know God and what He wanted to reveal to me. My focus went from trying to know His Word to wanting to know Him through His Word. My Bible reading and studying totally changed. For the next 38 years, my desire to know Him through His Word has never let up. Many times I thought it would dry up and go away, but it has not.

The more I read and study His Word about Him, the more I want to know about Him.  I believe that God has given you the revelation of His Word that is needed for you to live a Christian life in today’s world. But, you have to read and study His Word from His perspective. As Ezra devoted himself to the study of God’s Word, so should all Believers. Read and study His Word to know God and to know Him better than anyone else on this earth. His Word is not confusing or difficult when we begin to see His work from creating us to redeeming us to preparing us to live with Him for eternity. This is what the Bible is all about – Him!  (From Life-Changing Verses - Volume 2, Chapter 11)

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