What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

Margaret —  April 6, 2014 — 7 Comments

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

God is on the move through the #LentChallenge.

And it’s not just that more than 40,000 people have joined in.

It’s that the Holy Spirit is teaching, correcting, challenging, encouraging and breathing life into those who are reading the Bible in profound and downright amazing ways.

Consider the following story we just heard:

“I am proud to say that I have been faithful with the 40 day challenge and I have learned so much.

I have never read any book in its entirety except for James, and to read it this way has been amazing!

I can honestly say that I had no idea how many miracles Jesus performed; I had no clue how far Paul traveled; I didn’t know the apostles did so much healing and teaching.

I am loving this challenge, I look forward to finishing it and am encouraged to now dive in to the Old Testament!” —Lynn

As I’ve been reading this past week, I’ve been thinking about what this discipline of reading through the New Testament in 40 days is doing in and through me.

The truth is, we’ve all got to know these things when it comes to opening up Scripture:

1. Reading your Bible will breathe life into your tired soul.

To be honest, some days, I don’t feel like flipping open the pages. Distractions and demands try to pull me away. Deadlines loom. Dishes need washing. The dog wants to go out and bask in the sun (or snow) again.

Yet through the discipline of daily reading, I find my spirit growing stronger, my sensitivity to God sharpening, my sense of groundedness in the truth of who God is and all He has done shaping the way I live.

7 chapters a day + 6 days a week = isn’t easy, but deeply rewarding[Tweet this]

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

2. You’ll be reminded of how easily you forget.

I’ve read through the Bible, in particularly the Gospels, hundreds of times. But with each day, I stumble on a detail or wording that I’ve never noticed before.

We can spend a lifetime studying Scripture and 10,000 ooh! aah! moments still await us. [Tweet this]

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

3. Placing that little check in the #LentChallenge box feels a little too good.

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

I’m embarrassed to admit that making that check mark each day is way too rewarding. Maybe it’s my personality type. Maybe it’s that so many other projects in my life remain undone.

But placing that tiny check mark reminds me—in a good way—that I’ve been intentional about doing something that really matters.

4. The Bible will give you guts when you’re ready to give up.

I’ll be honest, some days Bible reading feels like drudgery, but other days, it’s like stumbling into a gold shaft.

While reading Galatians, I was so encouraged:

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” –Galatians 6:9

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

On the day I read this, I so needed the encouragement. We are reminded that even in the midst of fatigue, after being beaten down, and just when we’re ready to throw in the towel… we’re challenged to persevere, to endure, to cling to Christ.

5. You don’t have to do this on your own.

The beauty of being in the body of Christ is that we’re on this journey together. There are hundreds of great resources to shed light on certain passages, dive a little deeper into Scripture, and encourage your walk with Christ.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved doing the #LentChallenge in community with all of you.

Each blog, tweet, picture, and comment is an opportunity to wrestle over Scripture together. An encouragement to keep going, even if I’ve fallen behind. A reminder that God will continue to reveal facets of himself differently to each of us.

Maybe when the #LentChallenge is complete, you’ll consider starting your own Bible study group.

Gather friends, neighbors, and co-workers to dive into God’s Word together. No expertise or leadership qualification is needed—just your willingness to allow God to work in and through you.

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What is the #LentChallenge doing in and through you?  

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7 responses to What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

  1. Margaret,
    I love doing this #LentChallenge. I have read through the Bible a number of times. But this is so packed – and as I journal every morning God is showing me more and more of Himself. Doing this in community is even more powerful. A Bible study friend is joining me – and she is saying “Wow”.

  2. As I am making my way through the New Testament, I’ve been curious as to how Paul’s or any of the other apostles’ letters get from one place to another. I tried doing a Google search on “how did Paul’s letters travel during New Testament times” and “How did correspondence travel during NT times?” I didn’t get back what I was looking for with the exception that the Persians had a relay system of the “pony express” where one guy would ride to a certain point on the route and turn the message over to the next rider. This continued until the message reached its destination. The letters from the apostles would have to be taken by someone they trusted, too. As there were many in opposition to them when the church was first getting started.

  3. Dianna Harrison April 7, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Thank you for bringing this challenge to us!! I am really enjoying the discipline of reading every day. My Sunday night Bible study is going chapter by chapter together without guidance except for the Holy Spirit. Not only have none of us ever done a group study on Mark before (amazing in that alone), but we are having such a great, fruitful and deep time with one one another.
    I would like to do with the Old Testament what we are doing with the New after we finish this challenge.
    Thank you again and many blessings on you and your family!

    • That sounds awesome, Dianna! Let know when you find a reading guide for the Old Testament. We will share so others can join in.

  4. Margaret,

    Hi. I am so glad God connected us! I just found out about your #LentChallenge when Bible Gateway retweeted about this post today but it sounds amazing. I will stick around though and see what I can accomplish from here. Thanks & God bless you.

    Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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