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7 Reasons to Take Up and Read

Take Up and Read

Augustine of Hippo sat in the garden listening to a young boy sing, Tolle Lege, Tolle lege. He knew these Latin words to mean, "take up and read, take up and read", and that he did. He took up God's Word and read, and in that garden faith was born in his heart as God opened his heart and moved upon his mind to believe what was written. His life in Christ began that day and his life would continue to grow in the grace of faith through a continued diet of the Word of God the rest of his life.

Most Christians in America do not regularly read their Bibles. A LifeWay research survey of more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers, found that while 90 percent "desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do," only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day. Without a regular intake of God's Word we do not know:

  • who God is
  • our own sin to confess and repent of
  • God's will for our everyday lives
  • Jesus as our sole sufficiency
  • all that God promises us.

His Word is the words of life (Jn.6:68). Where else is there to go but to him as we hear him in his Word. Tolle Lege, take up and read.

I want to share with you seven reasons to take up and read the Scriptures this year from Psalm 119.

  1. To see God as a Wonder: Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
  2. To wrestle against sin: Psalm 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
  3. To know the sincerity of God's love: Psalm 119:41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise;
  4. To face affliction: Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
  5. To have understanding: Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
  6. To be firmly established: Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
  7. To have God's mercy to help: Psalm 119:77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.

There are various disciplined ways to read through the Scriptures. I offer to you the below links that you might find a plan for the coming year as you take up and read.

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/
http://about.esvbible.org/resources/reading/

Pastor Jim

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