Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why is it so hard to read the bible?


  
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2Timothy 3:16.

What an awesome passage of scripture, it has become so difficult for me just to accept the surface of any scripture. It isn't that I don't believe what it says but Scripture being God himself, I am always compelled to think that there is so much more that is being said under the surface of what ever scripture that I may be reading at that particular time. Secondly, scripture is always addressing the spirit of man. Just as food meets the nutritional needs of the human body, likewise the word of God meets the spiritual, nutritional needs of the human spirit.

With that being said, the scripture mentioned above begins by telling us that all, not some, scriptures are given by inspiration of God.  Based on that statement I have to believe that whatever Scripture that pops up in my head or whatever scripture that is repeated into my hearing or understanding IS NEVER EVER BY ACCIDENT OR CHANCE. In fact, the above scripture says that God is the one that has inspired it. What is an inspiration? Well the word inspiration comes from the word inspire. To inspire means to influence or to produce or arouse a feeling or thought. Therefore inspiration from a theological understanding is a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul of someone.

 Now, does God provide inspiration to all men or just Christians? The truth is whether you're a Christian or not reading this article right now, you are in fact being inspired by God. The Manuel of life which is the inspired word of God (The bible) which is also filled with life's solutions, but for some strange reason there is this invisible force that keeps us away from this book but promotes our interest for any other book.  Make up within your mind right now, that when you leave work today or wherever you are, you’ll make it your business that when you arrive at home you will devote at least thirty minutes to reading the bible. I can assure you that someone you haven't seen in a long time will visit you, television will distract you, your kids or spouse will prevent you or tiredness will overtake you. What about this one, do you have difficulty sleeping? Then pick up your bible and observe how sleepy you become. Believe me when I say to you no other book has this effect on the human mind and body. 

 You have to ask yourself, why is it that a book that only has good in it for me just so happens to be the most difficult book in the world to read, and even when afforded the opportunity to read it, it now becomes the most difficult book to understand?.  Someone reading this article right now have experienced the lost of a love one and feel the need to get closer with God through the bible, you’ve said to yourself during the funeral and perhaps even after the funeral, “ I must find time for God before it’s too late” but again finding the time to read or study has become one of the most grueling task ever, why? Well it’s all because there is a real Devil fighting you! And if you don’t believe me then makeup your mind to accomplish any other task after work today and observe how hassle free it becomes when compared to reading the bible.

There is no new revelation here! The Apostle Paul said to the Church of Rome, that he was always challenged with the desire to do good but for the most part would end up doing opposite to the good that he desired or set out to do. However through the inspired revelation of God, Paul discovered that he was apart of a law or principle when he decided to do good. “I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me, for I delight in the law of God (bible) after the inward man ( his spirit) but I see another law in my members (physical being), warring (fighting) against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” Romans 7:21-23.

So, as you can see there are forces beyond your physical understanding that are and will do everything within their power to prevent us from being inspired to do God’s will via his Manuel, which is his word. My advice to you my dear readers, now that you have been made aware that there is an opposition against our efforts to read and study the word, ask God to assist you with his Angelic host and his spirit to overcome the distractions of your mind. Also ask God to eradicate your mind of foolish thoughts that will interrupt your thinking process as you read his word and finally ask him to give you the spiritual strength to make your reading habit forming and life changing.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your peace that passes all understanding, secondly, thank you for opening the spiritual eyes of your people and inspiring them with your word that can not return unto you unaccomplished. It is my prayer Father that every opposing spirit of your word that has been successful in disabling your people from reading your word be rendered powerless in the name of Jesus Christ!  I decree and declare over every reader of this article might, power, determination, consistency and an insatiable desire to know more of you via your word without delay, hindrances or procrastination in the matchless name of   Jesus Christ. Amen!


Written by: Kevin L A Ewing
kevinewing@coralwave.com
kevinlaewing.blogspot.com