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What is the difference between Bible reading and Bible meditation?


We believe that it is essential to differentiate between reading and meditating on the Bible. Reading is primarily assimilation of facts without application. In other words, it is for gathering of information.

When we meditate on the Word of God, we seek to make personal application of the Scriptures to our own lives and circumstances. This results in more than the intake of information; it transforms by leading to the formation of the individual into Christlikeness.

It is at that very moment that the Holy Spirit is able to speak to us, for as the apostle Paul said, “All scripture is … profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). We never know how or when the Holy Spirit will use the Word of God to bring conviction and correction. As God promises in Isaiah 55:11, the Word “will not return to me empty.”

It is also essential to remember that Satan knows the Scriptures well. He often uses Scripture, out of context, to tempt us. He is a master at distorting what the Word of God says (Genesis 3:1). However, when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Luke, chapter 4), Jesus correctly used the Scriptures to defeat him. The Word of God is our sure defense against Satan’s attacks.

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  1. Rose Lillian says:

    More knowledge of the Bible brings faith.

  2. Rose Lillian says:

    More knowledge of the Bible brings faith and enlightenment of the Holy Word.

  3. Samson Eniayekan says:

    Highly Inspired

  4. Miguel Sampaio says:

    May the Eternal and loving God use powerfully those who work in this site. May God bless, keep and guide you always. I wish you peace and joy in the year the Lord by His grace is allowing us to enteread, 2017, in Jesus name.

  5. ery says:

    Thanks, please I will need some help and encouragement in meditating on the word of God

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Ery,

      Here is a link to a ‘Living in Christ’ Bible study that can help you to grow in God’s Word”

      Living in Christ

      – BGEA Team

  6. Adesanya akeem stephen.s says:

    Thanks. Please I will need your words of encouragement.

  7. emmanuel ellis says:

    more light on meditation

  8. Favour says:

    Edifying words,i really want to meditate more and to study more too,thanks for your expository text…

  9. milk man says:

    may be it will be one of the the things to help me grow spiritually thanks