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What is the Holy Bible and How to Read It?

Psalm 19:7-8

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.


I come before you eager to share with you a spiritual journey that lies within the pages of the most important book ever written - The King James Bible. With its eloquent language and timeless wisdom, the Bible is a gift, a profound source of comfort, strength, and guidance. Contained within is the Holy Word of God, punctuated with the Holy Spirit, refined many times like pure silver (Psalm 12:6) and His truth is preserved to endure to all generations (Psalm 100:5).


Embarking on this journey might feel overwhelming initially, given the depth and breadth of the text. But fear not, for just as Joshua 1:8 teaches us, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."


The first step towards a meaningful relationship with God's Word is with a receptive heart and an open mind. Enter this journey not merely to read, but to understand and live out the teachings of the Lord.

Start with the Gospel, the life of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. The book of John is an excellent starting point. Here, you will find the manifestation of God's love for mankind, through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. As you read, make it a habit to reflect and meditate on the words, their meaning, in your own life.


Gradually move on to the rest of the New Testament. The Epistles of Paul are filled with teachings about faith, love, and hope. They are letters of counsel and wisdom that remain applicable to our lives today. When you reach the Book of Revelation, approach it not with fear, but with knowing that God is in control.


The Old Testament, though it may seem daunting, is rich with history and lessons. Start with the books of Genesis and Exodus to learn about God's creation, man's fall, and the great exodus led by Moses. As you delve deeper, you will encounter Psalms and Proverbs, filled with poetry, wisdom, and prayers that resonate with our daily struggles and victories.


When reading the Bible, always remember that it is not a race, but a journey. Some passages may seem difficult to understand, but persevere. Pray for understanding and clarity. Engage with Bible study groups, or seek guidance from pastors or elders who can provide additional insights. There are also many Bible study aids and commentaries available that can aid your understanding.


Finally, let the Word not just dwell in your minds, but also in your hearts and actions. God does not mean for the Bible to be a book we only turn to in times of trouble or when in need of guidance; instead, it should be a constant companion, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). As we are told in John 14:23: Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.


Remember, the aim is not just to read the Bible but to live it, to make its teachings the foundation upon which we build our lives. As you turn each page, may the Holy Spirit draw you deeper into the heart of God, understanding His character, His love, and His intentions for your life. May the Lord bless you and guide you as you embark on this life-changing journey through the pages of the Holy Bible.


Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your word and ask that You give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand: speak to us that we might know You and Your words. In Jesus' name. Amen.