Are you among the "bookish?" Some would call you boring but you just love books. I admit that I am. Boring? Yes, sometimes. But, what I mean is, I love books! I love to read. I enjoy turning pages. I aspire to write.
According to Google, there are 129,864,880 published books in existence. Though this is a grand number, it increases daily as more and more titles are presented to our Global Library. The most expensive book ever purchased sold for $30.8 million.
That is quite a "Bibliotheca!" (An extensive collection of books). What book tops the list of the most read books in all of the world? The Bible. Think of it, the most read Author of all, in human history, is God! His Book remains the most sought-after and widely translated scripts that exist. Even the Latin word for a large collection of books honors the Holy Title: Bible.
Here's what we must understand: This top-selling, most read Book of all the ages, is a Book that requires the help of the Author for you to benefit from it. Normally, an author writes his thoughts, and leaves you with it, for your interpretation. God, on the other hand, sends you His Word and waits for your invitation to come, by His Spirit, and read it with you.
I heard that a preacher once said, "Some read the Bible in Hebrew while others read it in Greek. I read God's Word in the Holy Ghost!" We need the assistance of The Spirit of Truth because the Word of God is alive and powerful, and can only be spiritually discerned. If we attempt to comprehend God's Word with our natural mind, our intellect, we will not understand the divine intention. We will also miss the benefits of His Word addressing our lives at a very personal level.
The enemy certainly doesn't mind you being bookish. Just don't become bookish about the Bible! Your enemy hopes that you would read anything other than God's Word! Here are a few reasons why:
- The Word is life to all who find it and health to all of their flesh! (Proverbs 4:22)
- The entrance of God's Word brings light and understanding. (Psalm 119:130)
- Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! (Romans 10:17)
- God watches over His Word to perform it! (Jeremiah 1:12)
- You shall know the Truth and the Truth will make you free! (John 8:32)
- You cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God. (Matthew 4:4)
The list of the blessings and benefits of reading, believing, speaking and living God's Word is endless! Ask the Divine Author to come, by His Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation; and open your eyes and heart to be forever changed by the Bestseller of All Time!
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