The dream.

The other night I had a dream. No, not the Martin Luther King Jr. kind of dream. But a dream nonetheless that has left me pondering since.

But before I share my dream, I need to first give some history of my dreams. For years I would dream dreams of me fighting in battles, saving peoples lives. The first time this happen, in my dream I was on a raft full of people in stormy waters (however it was also parked in a dock, cause it’s a dream) and on this raft we were going out to war. I did my best to blend into the crowd on the raft so that I would not have to participate in the battle. But then, a real life coworker was on the shipping dock and whispered to himself, aren’t you suppose to be a christian? Since it was a dream, I heard what he said and it hit me hard. I jumped to the front of the raft took control of the helm, directed us out to war and also took control of the 50 cal that just happen to appear.

End of 1st dream.

I woke up from that dream realizing that as a christian, we have a war to fight with this world and we can’t waste our time blending in. For the next few years I would always have dreams that I was some sort of super hero saving peoples lives, occasionally I would forget how to use my powers but by the end of the dream, I would survive and have saved lives.

This continued until  I enlisted in the army. During basic training I quit having this dreams, actually I simply quit remembering my dreams all together. Here and there I would remember, but none of them were ever as cool as my battle dreams.

But the other night, I had a dream. It was a war dream. I was placed in a battle with my current army unit. It was us verses some kind of aliens. Everyone had a rifle but me. I was scared out of my mind. I noticed others had picked up some of the enemies rifles, it brought me a moment of hope thinking I could do the same. Nothing, I couldn’t find a single one.

I was scared and weaponless.

Then 4 of us lined up behind a door, about to clear a room. Still without a weapon. But our plans stopped as the enemy through a grenade at us. I managed to escape the blast, but as I turned back I turned around to be directly facing an enemy, holding my buddy, while the enemies rifle was facing directly at me. I feared for my life. He took one shot, but I dodged, took a second and I dodged again. He ran out of bullets and begin to reload a new magazine. I took this opportunity to charge him and steal his rifle out of his hands as he was fumbling. I ran toward him, my head was inches from the barrel of his rifle. He was fully reloaded with his hand on the trigger. I had full confidence in myself that I would be able to grab his barrel and swipe it out his hands. I grabbed it, but he over powered me, the barrel lowered to my stomach. I thought, is this it? Is this end of me? He pressed the trigger. I was hit square to the chest. The blast woke me up.

After I had collected myself when I woke, I thought about the dream and was quickly reminded of the spirtual battle that is constantly going on around us. We can’t see it. But we often feel the effects of it.

What I realized is how stupid it is for us to try to wrestle with the world, to wrestle with the enemy when we aren’t even properly equipped. I was brought back to Ephesians 6. What was I missing? A weapon. The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

We need to equip ourselves with the knowledge of the Word of God. The enemy is crafty, he’s not something we can beat on our own. Without God’s Word, we have no chance.

The dream has left me wondering, am I equipped? Where does my confidence lie? In my own hands, or in the hands of my Creator? Am I carrying Gods Sword, or my own?

Basic Training Excerpt: 17JUN14

17JUNE14 14:30(ish?)

Dear God you’re great! I know you know this, I know I’ve told you that but you simply great! Yesterday with the mail blew my mind. We weren’t suppose to get mail yesterday but I prayed for it cause it was my birthday and for some reason I knew you would provide cause I’ve realized that nothing is impossible and because you love me. So despite everybody saying we won’t get mail until next week, I kept my confidence in you and sure enough it was here. Thank you for being with me. ūüôā I’ve just learned from basic training that you are my single source of hope and peace for everything I do and with that, I have nothing to fear at all. You are with me. All I have to do now to share your Word is be a Godly man and show character, because I know with you and conversations about you is powered by you. so now sharing Your Word is something that I’m excited about not¬†feared. Now it is just becoming something that is a natural part of life. Soon it will be a natural part of conversation. I’m really happy about this. There is just no reason to doubt God, You, especially when I get to see first hand your power on a daily basis. Thanks for choosing me, even before the foundation of the world. I give you my body, my mind, my soul. Use me for your will Lord, take me to where I’m needed.

Love you, goodnight.

Joshua Huffman

19JUNE14 20:35

‚ÄĒ Also, I am really starting to get down by the fact that we have mail, but my drill sergeants are the only sergeants not handing out mail at the time. I keep hearing about how our letter bin is full of letters, but for whatever reason we’re not getting them and I don’t know, it’s just hard. I want to hear from someone. I want to communicate with home. Thank you that I always have you and that no one can take you away from me! Please me with me, I love you, goodnight!

[Only shared small excerpt from June 19th for the sake of the story that will be posted tomorrow]

Giving God Just 1% Makes All the Differnce

Proverbs4:20-22 (NIV)

My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.

Proverbs 4:20-22 (KJV)

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

After doing a little bit of research, I have come to discover that only 3 in 10 Americans take the bible literally, 6 out of 10 Americans read the bible¬†occasionally¬†(a few times a month), 23% of Christians haven’t read the bible at all, and only 11% of Americans read their bible everyday. One webpage put it:

There are probably five Bibles on every shelf in American homes. Americans buy the Bibles, they debate the Bible, they love the Bible… they just don’t read the Bible.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/18/state-bible-2012/#ixzz20xytkGZ6

The bible lays the foundation of our religion, the bible enables to grow in Him, the bible helps opens up our hearts and minds and gives us the power to free ourself from sin, but yet not many are reading it. I remember as growing up in a private school, everyone thought reading the bible was this huge task, and a task that only needed to be done once. If you read the bible once, you were just amazing. I see this same train of thought¬†among¬†adults today, you ask people why they don’t read the bible and they say it’s to complicated and hard to understand, it’s to long, or it’s to boring. Then with those that have read the bible, I see to many people that have said “Oh yeah, I read the bible once,” and they say it with such authority over¬†everyone¬†else as if they are a better person because they read the bible, once.

Guys, reading the bible is not a task or an accomplishment, it’s a way of living! As we need air, oxygen, to breath and to ultimately¬†live, we need God’s Word to live in Him. His Word gives us power. One of my¬†favorite¬†set of verses in Scripture is John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome

The Word gives us life! The Word protects us from the darkness that is covering our world. God reveals so much to us when we read His Word, it opens up doors we never thought imaginable, and closes the doors that we thought were never going to close. It gives us power over the devil, it allows us to say to him “Oh, it’s only you.”

We live in a world were we are being attacked all the time by the devil, on our own we can’t protect ourselves from him, but with God’s Word we are protected with victory already declared!

Ephesians 6:10-18

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

But remember, it is not something to brag about. It is the same as when we pray.

Matthew 6:5-6

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

When we read the bible daily, it transforms us. Without you ever having to say you read the bible, people will know there is something¬†different¬†about you, and will naturally¬†respect¬†you more. The bible holds a power that is unequal. It is so powerful that the devil will attempt anything he can to stop us from reading it. He knows it’s value and the power it gives us over him. Being who he is, he is going to attempt everything he can from stoping us from getting to God’s Word, cause once we have it, he has lost control over us.

To end with a few more statistics. Did you know that 14.4 mins, is 1% of your day. Did you know that if you spend 15 mins a day, for one year, you will be able to read through the entire bible. Giving only 1% of your time to His Word, and you will have read the entire bible in one year!

*Added after the¬†original¬†post* Did you know the average person spends 15 hours and 33 ¬†minutes on facebook a month, that rounds to 30 minutes a day…. The thoughts regarding that is endless. But just take a minute to think about your daily input and how it affects you, in both the short run and the long run.

So my question to christians all around the world is this, what is stopping you from reading the bible? Is 1% of your time to much to give?


References:

It’s the Little Things That Get Us

Proverbs 4:14-17 (NIV)

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4:14-17 (KJV)

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

For those matured in the faith, I don’t believe you’re going to just set foot on the path of the wicked. When you become immersed¬†in His Word, it becomes very easy to spot the path of the wicked from the path of¬†righteousness. You’re not going to, one day, just switch¬†paths. The devil knows this, and because of that he isn’t going to put all his effort into tempting you in the big things. Instead he uses the many men and women of this world to tempt you int the small areas. There are 100s (about once every 11 mins of the 18 hours your awake) of the times that the devil tempts us in small ways. He sometimes uses the closest people to us, to tempt us. It could be through a ‘harmless’ movie, through hanging out with a certain group of people, going to a particular place that you know tempts you in whatever way, and many other ways. It is easy for us to avoid the big things, but the small things can often slip through our radar. If a¬†missile, just one missile, would slip through a¬†military¬†radar¬†a lot of damage and lives would be lost. The same goes in our life, one small missile can do a lot of damage. It destroys a part of our defense system. Soon, because of the destruction of the one missile, more will be pushed in through our weak spot. It causes us to stumble and fall.

Keep your guard up at all times, the¬†enemy¬†will never stop trying to¬†penetrate you. The devil knows your weaknesses, and will use them¬†against¬†you!¬†As christians, we need to identify our weakness and give them to Christ. We need to do everything in our power to stay away from our weakness. Like the evil doers drink the wine of violence, we will drink the wine of our weaknesses. Once you have one slip, it’s hard to not have two, and then three.¬†Eventually you just can’t help yourself, and keep on drinking in on our weaknesses in enjoyment. That’s the scary thing. Once we get past the first few drinks, we begin to enjoy what makes us weak and we ask for more.

Because sometimes we are tricked into thinking we are in the path of¬†righteousness, when we are rather on the path of evil, stop for a moment and look ahead, where are your actions leading you, what do they say about you and Christ? It is easy at first to stay on foot with God, but we must be on a look out for all the small things. All big things, started small, watch out and be warned! The devil is always looking for ways to tempt you, stay in God’s Word and keep yourself protected!

Wisdoms Understanding of Grace

Proverbs 4:3-6

For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;  love her, and she will watch over you.

Proverbs 4:3-6

For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

I can’t say I am very wise, nor do I have great understanding. My limit of knowledge is very short. With the limited knowledge and understanding I do have, I will say that the greatest thing we can learn of, is God’s grace to us! Without God’s grace everything else is meaningless. To accept, and live out in acceptance of Gods grace would be to¬†achieve¬†wisdom at its fullest. For us to truly accept and life in acceptance of Gods grace, is for us to stop living for us, and start living in Him. It’s when we unite ourself with Christ, so that He may carry us. It’s knowing that we cannot, under the Law, enter into eternal life with Christ, but it is only by His grace that we are made new.

“Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.” When we retain His words, when we have knowledge of His grace, we focus our actions towards Christ, we no longer have to suffer because of our sins. When we are in His grace, we are free and can live! When we stumble from sin and¬†temptations we no longer have to live in self¬†pity of our sins, for when we do we remove ourselves from His grace, and put ourself back under the Law.

Galatians 5:4 (NLT)  

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

Let’s seek our His wisdom and understanding, and not forget His words. Lets not forget about His grace. It is always there for us! No matter how ‘bad’ you believe you have sin, His grace covers it. It always will. The moment we start to live in our own self¬†pity¬†of our sin, when we start to believe we¬†aren’t¬†good enough, is the moment we start to¬†deny¬†Gods grace. His grace is one of the hardest things to accept. It is easy for us to condem ourselves because of our sins, but to accept in our hearts that He has forgiven us, takes a lot of strength and wisdom.

Do not forsake wisdom. It’s in wisdom that we can accept Gods grace. It’s through wisdom that we are protected. It’s in His grace that He keeps us and calls us His own. In short, wisdoms¬†understanding¬†of grace has no limits. In our own¬†worldly¬†understandings we can not accept it nor understand it, it is beyond our grasp, and is impossible. Christ, in His love and wisdom, says¬†differently. Let’s not forget that His wisdom is greater than ours, and His grace is beyond understanding.

The Devils Deceptions

Blnguyen sleep
Blnguyen sleep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Proverbs 3:23-24 (NIV)

Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:23-24 (KJV)

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Freedom from fear, freedom from stumbling, and sweet sleep, I’m down with that! Lord knows how much I life in fear, how much I stumble, and why I stay awake at night! I would love to be free from these¬†deficients.¬†Wisdom, Understanding, good Judgement, and Discretion is our way out of these problems. Let’s look at each problem¬†individually.

Freedom From Fear

I’m afraid to admit it but fear tends to guide me. Fear limits us from exceeding our¬†maximum¬†potential. Fear keeps us from living our dreams. Fear is deadly, and when we live with fear we are putting our own understanding over our trust in Christ. I wish I could be fear from the bondage that fear has placed on me. The good news is that wisdom and understanding is said to keep us free from fear. The better news is, that I know this is true because I have seen it take place in my own life. ¬†This past year my walk with Christ has improved greatly, I am a whole new person than who I used to be. As I have been¬†studying¬†His Word in more depth, my understanding and wisdom has increased. Wisdom and understanding have taught me how foolish it is to live in fear. Why do we fear such things when we have Christ on our side? Why let fear slow us down from our potential.

Luke 12: 27-28

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass in the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more shall he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Heres the deal, the Lord is always going to provide for us and give us our daily bread as long as we keep faith in Him. What do we have to worry about? The Lord is going to carry us.

There is a benefit from fear. Fear can be the devil trying to stop you from doing God’s work. If you had the power of the devil and you knew someone had the power to do something that was greatly going to benefit the kingdom of God, how would you stop this person if you can’t¬†physically¬†stop them? Fear! It’s the greatest human¬†deterrent. If there is something you are passionate about doing, but fear is stopping you, ask yourself if that fear is the devil attempting to stop you from doing something great! Chances are, it is. Take that leap of faith, and trust the Lord will catch you and carry you through!

Freedom From Stumbling

My walk with Christ is far from perfect. I strive to the best of my ability to walk the walk, but Christ knows far I am from it. I stumble all to often. The devil catches me off guard all the time, and he causes me to fall. The devil is great with temptation, hes been doing it for thousands of years! I am just learning know the trust of his temptations, and learning how to discern right from wrong, but I am far from perfection. We are all, we all struggle daily with keeping to His Word. The more week seek and hold onto wisdom the stronger we will be, we will have better ability at discerning right from wrong, we will be able to recognize the devils deceptions, the knowledge and wisdom to do what is right, and the courage to do it.  Wisdom frees us from stumbling, if we choose to accept it and hold onto it always.

Stumbling may be a trick of the devils from keeping us from walking a complete¬†righteous¬†walk with Christ, but it is not without it’s benefits. My¬†favorite¬†benefit of stumbling is that it helps reveal to me Christs love. Whenever I stumble I feel like a failure, I have directly obeyed God’s Word, I have chosen my own desires over His and put His¬†relationship¬†aside for my own personal¬†satisfaction.¬†Every time¬†I stumble, the devil attempts to use my guilt as a further stumbling block. The devil first tempts me into stumbling, he then makes me feel me feel guilty, and¬†finally¬†he attempts to trick me into thinking there is no way the Lord could love me for what I have just done to Him, for what I do over and over again to Him. However I am blessed to have enough wisdom and understanding to know that no matter how much evil I do¬†against¬†the Lord, He still loves me all the same. There is nothing I can do to remove my self Christs love. Through wisdom, stumbling teaches me how much I am loved by my Savior, that Christ is there to catch me when I fall, and He paid the¬†penalty for my sin.

Sweet Sleep

The ability to sleep really is something I have been blessed with. As soon as I get into my bed, I’m out like a rock and there is no waking me¬†until¬†morning! However this isn’t always the case, once in a blue moon I am stuck awake reliving my day through my¬†imagination, going through all the¬†different¬†scenarios¬†over and over again, and¬†possibly¬†regretting¬†thing I may have done or not have done. Wisdom and understanding helps allow us to avoid this. I don’t mean to say that wisdom and understanding is going to make you skip your night time thought processes and put you straight to sleep. What I mean is, our worst nights of sleep is when we are either regretting something we may have done, or left undone, or when we live in fear and¬†anticipation¬†of what is going to happen tomorrow. Wisdom and understanding teaches us how to live our life, if we could live in complete harmony with them, we would have nothing to fear and nothing to regret. Wisdom and understanding helps us make our positive choices. They allow us to view the whole picture, and not just the narrow beam our eyes give us. The closer we are to wisdom, the more we seek it, the better choices we will make in our life, the less we live regretting our past, and the more we do not fear what lies ahead of us.

Where’s Your Armor?

How many of you can’t wait for some break, or just time in general, to read a book or two, or more? Do you have a¬†favorite¬†series¬†or author? Harry Potter?¬†Twilight? Hunger Games?¬†Star wars? Lord of the Rings? Ender’s Game? Max¬†Lucado? C.S. Lewis? Why do we read these books? We read them because we love the stories, the characters in them, we want to know what¬†happens¬†next, get to know the characters more, and/or just love a particular author!

If we look at our relationships in life, we like to get read about all of our friends and family. We especially love to read about those closest to us, so that we can get to know them more. That is a major reason why facebook has gotten so big, it is an easy way for us to get to know all the details of our friends better.

In general, I am going to say the biggest reason we read is to obtain more information about the things closest to us (our friends, characters from a book, etc). How many of us read the bible though? If we love a person, we love to read about him or her, do we not?. If we could only bring ourselves to think of our Bible reading as an act of devotion to Christ, we might be inclined to treat the matter less lightly (Halley).

We like to read books, and blogs, about the bible. We like the¬†spiritual¬†high a book may give us. That is all fine and dandy, but highs don’t last. They slip away just as quickly as they come. We also like the ideas, and perspective, the author has about the bible, but it is still not the same. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and a book by an author, is just a book by an author.

We as Christians want to defend God’s Word, but how can we properly defend it if we arn’t reading and studying it ourselves on a regular baises?

I just recently did a blog post called Starting the Day off With God. I came across something today that inspired me to write about reading the World of God. It wasn’t untill I was finished that I realized, I just wrote about this. I find this to be an important subject though.¬†Reading God’s Word daily is the best way to achieve a closer¬†relationship¬†with Him. Without the Word, we cannot build our foundations on a ‘rock.’

Luke 6:48

He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built

I want to look at eight steps, provided by Henry R. Halley, of how we can make a better habit of studying the bible.

  1. Accept the Bible just as it is
  2. Read the Bible with an open mind
  3. Read the bible thoughtfully
  4. Keep a pencil at hand
  5. Habitual, systematic reading
  6. A certain ime each day
  7. Memorize the names of the Bible books
  8. Memorize favorite verses

Accept the Bible Just As It Is

Ignore all the¬†accusations¬†and critics of the bible. When you read the bible, know that it is God’s Word. Accept it as it is with faith

Read the Bible with an Open Mind

Be mindful of everything you are reading. Read the bible as if you have no knowledge of it before hand. Be open to new ideas that you may read upon, and search other parts of the bible that support and/or¬†deterrent these idea’s. Think about what it all means.

Read the Bible Thoughtfully

It’s important not read the bible like you read those textbooks in¬†high school¬†and/or college, meaning don’t just read through them as fast as we can just to say we did it(I know I have been guilty of this a lot in school). Take thought into what you are reading. Look for new material, and be prepared to write any thing down.

Keep a Pencil at Hand

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO WRITE IN YOUR BIBLE! Keep a pencil at hand. When you come across anything interesting, write it down!

In my own personal experience, I actually read my bible across many platforms, depending on where I am, and what I am doing. I have a bible on my desk I use most often when I am at home. If I am laying in bed, I tend to use my iPad bible app to read. When I am at work, and sometimes even in the car, I read on my phone on my bible app. When I am at school, I tend to read on my laptop, but if it is ever dead, I carry an extra bible in my backpack just in case. So writing things down in one bible is pretty much impossible for me. What I do is carry a binder with me. I absolutely love this binder, and I suggest everyone to do something like it. In my binder I have it divided into sections. The first section is all my prayer requests(you can add your prayer request, found on my prayer request page), this section grows the most rapidly! I have a second section for my favorite bible passages that I come across. A third section for all those verses that absolutely confuse me. This section was the original purpose of my binder. Any questions I have about the scriptures, I just write them down. As for now, I am working on trying to answer them myself by reading the bible with an open mind and finding other scriptures that relates to it. In the binder, I have a fourth section on how I want to serve the Lord as I grow older. The last section is about any other notes that I want to take about the bible.

Any who, the point is make sure you write things down. Writing down what you read is proven to help your memory, and it gives you the ability to think deeper about what you are reading.

Habitual, Systematic Reading and a Certain Time Each Day

Read the bible everyday as a habit. The easiest way to do this is to set a certain time each day and just give it to the Lord (after all, for all He does for us, He does deserve some of our time). If you could just set one time a day, whether that be morning, afternoon, or night, it would make all the difference in the world.

In my own personal¬†experience, I have three, set, times with the Lord. The first thing I do when I wake up is read. On my bible app, I have a daily reading list that I am subscribed to(BTW for those looking for a while to stay motivated reading,¬†subscribing¬†to a daily reading plan is my personal¬†favorite¬†to keep motivated everyday). The reading list takes about 15-20 minutes and it is designed to read through the whole bible in one year. The second set time I read isn’t more so a set time, as it is time I make fit into my day where ever easiest. This second set time I spend an hour reading/praying. I use it to take my time reading and write down anything and everything that I fell the need to. This time is also spent looking at the bible, from sources outside of the bible (usually¬†reading blogs, or watching videos).¬†Occasionally¬†this time has been used to just praise Him through songs of praise. The third set time of reading is when I go to bed. The last thing I do before I go to bed is read one chapter of either Proverbs or¬†Ecclesiastics¬†(Depending on where I am at). This I find is the greatest way to learn wisdom without the experience¬†of “learning from experience.”

Above I did suggest for you to read one time a day, but I really encourage you to read twice a day. At one point of the day, read as much as you can about the bible, while still paying as much attention as possible and not worry about the stuff you don’t understand. And a second time in the day where you read only a little bit, but you¬†reflex¬†deeply upon what you read. This way you can still get the picture of the whole bible in your head fresh, as well as looking at individual parts in much depth.

Getting together a group for bible study is another great way to keep you reading, even if it is only two of you once a week.

Memorize the Names of the Bible Books

It is really really important to be able to identify where each book of the bible is, and what kind of book it is. Know the Old Testament from New Testament. And know the Historical Books of Old Testament, Poetic Books, Prophetic Books (Both large and minor) of Old Testament, Historical Books of New Testament, Letters, and the Prophetic Books of Large Testament.

Memorize Favorite Verses

Learning and knowing God’s Word is how we become stronger. The more verse’s we have memorized the more¬†equipped¬†we are in the Mission Field. Every week I do my best at¬†memorizing¬†one verse, you can always find it at the bottom of my blogs, or on the Weekly Memory Verse¬†page.

To sum it all up, read the bible daily. Without God’s Word to protect us daily, we loose our armor and become¬†vulnerable¬†to the devil.


Memory Verse of the Week:

Luke 6:48

He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built


Halley, Henry H. “The Habit Of Bible Reading.”¬†Halley’s Bible Handbook: Deluxe Edition. 25th ed. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Halley’s Bible Handbook, 2000, 2007. 20-21. Print.