The Bible regularly tops the best-seller list. More Bibles are sold each year than any other book. But the Bible remains one of the least read of all books. Why? Perhaps the Bible itself gives us the answer when it speaks of people who are holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
You see, many people these days are very religious. They may even go to church on special holidays. And they no doubt own a copy of the great symbol of religion – the Bible. But these same people seldom read their Bibles. And the reason is that they don’t appreciate the Bible. For them, the Bible seems foolish and irrelevant.
Perhaps this is the case with you. When you read the Bible there is no real joy or excitement. You probably have a form of religion, but you have denied its power. The power of true religion is the power to change the human heart. And it’s only when your heart and mind have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit that you are really able to see the beauty of the Bible.
And so, if you own a Bible and do not read it and appreciate it as you should, you need to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. You need to turn to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. And you need to ask God to give you the gift of his Holy Spirit. Jesus asks, “How much more shall your heavenly father give the holy spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13). Then, when you read the Bible you will see that it is literally God’s word to you.
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