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Reading the Bible – Sylvanus Godspower
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The purpose of the Word is to form in our hearts the basis for our faith in God. In this vein, Apostle Paul says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17 (NKJV). John 20:31 further states, “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (ESV). From a point of view, the Word is the medium for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. From another point of view, the Word is the basis of a believer’s faith in the Lord Jesus.

   The more we read and listen to the Word, the more the ground of our hearts will be enriched. In this way, the Word will gradually bring a corresponding faith into our hearts. From a practical point of view, the Word is the fertilizer that makes faith grows more successfully. Therefore, if we need faith for salvation, then we must read and listen to the Word. If we want to have faith in the healing power of our Lord, we must read and listen to the Word as well. Reading and listening to the Word is certainly the first stage to clear out doubt and unbelief, as also to improve our relationship with the Lord. We must keep reading and listening to the Word of God.

    As believers’ faith is anchored in the Word, we must make daily deposits of the Word in our hearts. The first part of Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly,” (ESV). In the New Testament, whenever we come across the word “let,” used in an imperative sentence, it means we have a role to play. This implies that we must pay every price to become what the Lord wants us to be. We ought to deal with this point more carefully. As far as the Christian faith is concerned, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are occupied with the Word by reading and listening to it daily. We cannot have great faith in the Lord regardless of the amount of information we have obtained or received about Him. Our knowledge about Him determines the size of our faith. If we know much about God, it will boost the level of our faith in Him. Nevertheless, we will disbelieve Him in many things if we only know little about Him.      

   Let us proceed and consider a few ways to read and listen to the Word more effectively, as it is our duty to occupy ourselves with God’s Word.



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