Wednesday, November 7, 2018

21 Day Devotional: Day 3: Read your Bible.

You should be doing this daily now.  Reading the Bible is important to your walk with God.
Contrary to popular belief, the Bible is not a list of what you can and cannot do in order to get to go to Heaven.  The Bible is a book of love, promises, encouragement, help, and instruction on who God is, and all the wonderful things He has planned for your life!  It teaches you, guides you, directs you, and helps you.  And, it was written for Christians!  It was written for those who love God to know more about Him and to understand more about Him, His Kingdom, and His way of living. 

Reading your Bible is how you understand who God is, who Jesus is, and who Holy Spirit is.  You understand what it means to be a Christian and all the blessings and promises available to you.  You understand what pleases God and what does not please Him.  “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11).  “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).  God’s Word will guide you in all aspects of life, but you have to know what His Word says. 

Which version of the Bible should I read?  The Bible was not originally written in English.  The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew.  The New Testament was originally written in Greek.  And, since the books were written by various authors, they differ in tone, but they all share the same theme, Jesus!

At Freedom Ministries we typically use the King James Version (KJV) or the New King James Version (NKJV) when we preach and teach.  Other translations can be helpful to understand difficult passages of scripture.  Most people have access to a smartphone or laptop. is an excellent resource, and has an app, with different translations of the Bible that make passages easier to read. is also an excellent resource with different versions.  You can search for a scripture and then change versions to read that scripture in different translations.  Some favorite translations to look at are the NLT (New Living Translation), AMP (Amplified), and ESV (English Standard Versions).

But, isn’t the KJV the only “real” Bible?  The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek.  Anything in English is a translation.  The most widely accepted translation is the KJV, however, reading the scriptures in other translations heightens our understanding and helps us learn and glean more from God’s Word.  It is definitely not wrong, nor is it a sin, to read the Bible in various versions.

Read John Chapter 3.

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