We need God’s Word to teach, correct, and train us. But simply reading the Bible does not guarantee that we will enjoy its benefits. We must read the Bible . . .
. . . in faith
“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened” (Hebrews 4:2).
. . . with humility
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:19-21)
. . . with self-discipline
. . .to still the noise, both inside and outside ourselves.
“Put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21),
. . . to establish consistency.
“On his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2)
. . . with delight
“[The blessed man’s] delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
. . . in fellowship
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).