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Session 23

The benefits that come from reading the Bible

Read: Psalm 119:1-16

The Bible can be an overwhelming book of books. Sixty-six books, written over thousands of years, all put together in one. Within its pages, you'll find letters, stories, proverbs, poetry, genealogies, and prophecy. To some, the Bible is just stories of people who died long ago. But it can be so much more than that—if we let it be.

When we see the Bible as God’s Word, as God speaking to us and revealing His wisdom and truth, it changes the way we read. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Approaching the Bible as “living and active” changes the game. The psalmist asks, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity...” (Psalm 119:9)? But, really this question could be anything: How do I keep my marriage pure? How do I love a difficult friend? How do I minister to those around me? The answer is the same, “By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9).

Reading and memorizing Scripture changes us. It fills our hearts with wisdom, showing us how to respond to any situation (Psalm 119:11). It teaches us who we are as God's children, so we can combat sin and temptation (Psalm 119:13). And as God’s Word shapes us and changes us, our relationship with Him deepens.

Spending time in the Bible allows us to hear from God Himself — an experience that fills us with more joy and awe than just reading a book ever could (Psalm 119:14-16).

God’s Word is powerful. It is wisdom and truth, living and active, a place to go for comfort and joy. Spending time in the Bible is one way God speaks to us, and we get to experience His life-changing joy and power in our lives.  

Reflect:

  • How much time to do you spend reading the Bible vs. reflecting on what you learned? 
  • What's one question you're asking or problem you're facing? How does the Bible speak to that issue? 
  • When was the last time you really delighted in your Bible reading time? Maybe it's time to mix things up. Try a new study or pick a new time of day to meet with God.

1

How to be ready for every season of life

How to be ready for every season of life

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2

Want to make God laugh?

Want to make God laugh?

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3

How to turn your prayers from lists to conversations

How to turn your prayers from lists to conversations

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4

Of everything God made, you’re His favorite

Of everything God made, you’re His favorite

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5

What it looks like to trust God with everything

What it looks like to trust God with everything

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6

You don’t have to fight your battles alone

You don’t have to fight your battles alone

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7

How nature speaks to the glory of God

How nature speaks to the glory of God

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8

You’re not alone in the dark valley

You’re not alone in the dark valley

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9

What to do when life spirals out of control

What to do when life spirals out of control

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10

Are you standing in the way of your relationship with God?

Are you standing in the way of your relationship with God?

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11

Why God is the best person to talk to when you’ve done wrong

Why God is the best person to talk to when you’ve done wrong

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12

God will never tire of you needing Him

God will never tire of you needing Him

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13

God rescued you for a relationship

God rescued you for a relationship

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14

What it means to make God your fortress

What it means to make God your fortress

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15

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you do what you do?

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16

How to say “I’m sorry”

How to say “I’m sorry”

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17

There is no such thing as hidden sin

There is no such thing as hidden sin

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18

In God I trust?

In God I trust?

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19

The time you spend waiting is not wasted

The time you spend waiting is not wasted

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20

The best place to go when you desperately need to be refreshed

The best place to go when you desperately need to be refreshed

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21

Why it’s good to look a little farther down the road

Why it’s good to look a little farther down the road

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22

The difference praising God can make every day

The difference praising God can make every day

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23

The benefits that come from reading the Bible

The benefits that come from reading the Bible

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24

No one said this was going to be easy

No one said this was going to be easy

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25

The importance of being vulnerable

The importance of being vulnerable

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26

How to let go of what’s weighing you down

How to let go of what’s weighing you down

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27

Where do you turn when everything goes wrong?

Where do you turn when everything goes wrong?

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28

Praising God is easier than you think

Praising God is easier than you think

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