• Jeremy Mickelson

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Updated: Sep 6, 2019

A wise man named Solomon once said, "...be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil." Ecclesiastes 12:12-14


There is only one book that contains no mixture of error and if you're not reading it daily then stop reading this right now. Read your Bible. It is the lens by which you must bring everything under the sun into view.


Spiritual growth is God's doing. Psalm 19:7 tells us that "His testimony is sure, making wise the simple." So, once again, whatever you do, read more BIBLE than books. As another wise and humble man says, "no Bible, no breakfast." Time of day really isn't the issue but the desire of the heart is.


“Whatever you do, read more Bible than books.”

1 Peter 2:2 says to "long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation." Don't stop there! Press on toward maturity in Christ. Hebrews 5:12 is a warning to those who don't read their Bibles..."For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food." In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, "if you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”


Want to hear from God? READ YOUR BIBLE! Want to hear Him audibly? READ YOUR BIBLE ALOUD!

What if I told you that I loved my wife dearly while at the same time admitting to you that I rarely speak to her? What if I told you that I really don't listen to her either. You might say that I really don't love my wife. You would be correct. I may even deeply desire the idea of loving my wife. This, too, isn't love. Such is the relationship that many have with Christ.

Take some time to examine yourself. Are you reading your Bible daily? The Bible is God's revelation of Himself to us. This is how He talks to us. You won't hear a thing if you aren't reading His word. Jesus said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD'" (Matthew 4:4). In Romans 10:17 Paul says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." So, while bread is good for the body, it is entirely insufficient for the soul. You must long for the pure spiritual milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2) and the bread of life (John 6:35). For God is a spirit and so He seeks such people to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24).


Jesus said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD'"

Are you going to God in prayer daily? Prayer is how we talk to Him. When did you last speak? One thing is certain, He won't hear you if you're not talking. You can go to Him right now in prayer. There is nothing magical about the words you use and there is nothing mystical about how you use them. Jesus says to avoid vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7). Pray from your heart! Read David's prayer in Psalm 51. Let this be a model for your own repentance and growth. Your prayers can be longer or shorter. They certainly don't need to sound "religious" and be filled with lofty words to be meaningful. Consider a heartfelt, "I love you" or "I'm sorry" from the heart of a husband to his beloved wife. It is of more worth than several minutes of empty chatter. Likewise, speaking at length from the heart is of infinitely more value than an empty "I love you" or "I'm sorry" spoken heartlessly from a feeling of obligation.



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