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Q:

I gave my life to Jesus at our church's high school retreat this summer. Everyone told me to start reading the Bible, and I tried, but I got discouraged and just gave up. Do I have to read the Bible?


A:

Don’t look on the Bible as a bad-tasting medicine—think of it instead as a delightful food that God has given us to strengthen our souls! The Psalmist said, “Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord” (Psalm 1:1-2).

You see, God wants you to grow in your faith—and one of the ways that happens is through reading God’s Word and letting its truth sink deeply into our hearts and minds. Through the Bible we learn how God wants us to live, and we learn too what He has done to save us. Most of all we discover who He is and what He wants to do in our lives. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

How can you make the Bible come alive? First, use a translation you can understand. Then start with one of the Gospels (I often suggest John), reading at least a paragraph or two every day. In addition, always ask God to show you what it tells you about Jesus and His love for us.

I’m thankful you’ve made your personal commitment to Christ; it’s the most important decision you will ever make. But don’t stand still in your faith. Instead, ask God to help you grow stronger every day, as you pray, and learn from God’s Word, and gain encouragement from other believers. God bless you.

Trust Christ for your salvation.

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2 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    I had a hard time understanding some of the words in the Bible because their meaning was different than today. I got a Bible dictionary and that helped me a lot. Also you may want to get a Bible that’s broken down so you can understand it better. I was in my teens when I started reading the Bible and I’ve been reading it for over 20 yrs. now each day. You will be able to see what’s going to happen in the future and how to follow God’s word. I wish you the best of luck and may God bless you!

  2. Cal says:

    Some of the Bible interests me, but most of it bores me. I can’t get into it. I also went to a few Bible studies at my church. But I got nothing out of it, because just about everything got by me.