There Is No Substitute For Reading The Bible

My husband and I often wonder how many people actually read the bible. It has been little things here and there that get us to wondering.

For instance when we hear Christians say that they agree with things that are contradictory to what the Bible says.

In order to stand firm upon Gods word we must learn to rely exclusively on the Holy Scriptures. The Bible alone provide us with a distinctly accurate road map for Christian living.

It is when Christians begin to rely heavily on things such as devotionals, and commentaries that their knowledge of Gods word becomes watered down. You cannot use substitute resources and expect to be fully equipped with the knowledge and power of God.

As Christians, we can’t even rely on being equipped with power and knowledge and wisdom of God simply by attending church service and Sunday school.

The power to declare the perfect will of God to be done in your life will only come from reading and studying God’s Word for yourself.

The closer relationship with God that we all desire will only come through a close relationship with God’s Word.

Neglecting to read the Word of God regularly will bring about the same result as if you were to deprive yourself of food, air or water. The living word of God is a substance necessary for Christian living.

One thing my husband taught me long ago (he’s a very wise man in case ya’ll didn’t already know) was that you don’t need to look for answers in other books when you make the “Holy Bible” your primary resource for gathering information .

When he told me that I was floored. I was always trying to get him to read the latest and greatest work written by the newest Christian author.

I would buy different books looking for a watered down version of what was already written in the Bible. I would use what was written in these books as a primary resource for Christian living.

Books, videos, Church service, etc, should never become substitute for reading the Holy Word of God.

Exclusively reading the Bible as a source of Christian  living has helped me to understand many things. It has also cultivated a closer relationship with God.

If you have been neglectful in reading your Bible, just pick it up and begin reading it today. One of the simplest to comprehend and my favorite book of the Bible is the Proverbs.

There are 66 books in the bible and honestly they are the only 66 you need to live life to the fullest.

In these 66 books you’ll find faith, forgiveness, and friendship. You’ll come away from your reading each day challenged to do and be better than you were the day before.

If  you are not sure where to start, try the book of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters filled with a wealth of wisdom. You can read one each day and be furnished in a months time.

If you know that you’ve been relying on other sources to fill you with the word of God, and you’d like to change that, there is no better day than today to start.

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  1. says

    Such a good reminder that there is no substitute for the inspired scriptures. Other books can provide helpful insights but everything we read must be tested against God’s Word.




    The Proverbs Wife Reply:


    Thank you for visiting and commenting Alison. I’ve enjoyed reading through some of the posts on your blog.


  2. Melanie says

    You are so right. I teach Sunday School and sometimes when studying for my lesson, I tend to look for more info online, in commentaries, etc., than from my own Bible! When I realize what I’m doing, I just shut every other book and stick to THE WORD. I don’t know why I think I have to add anything to it! May God bless you today Proverbs Wife!


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:


    Hey Melanie,

    I use companion resources to study and dissect the scriptures, but I am careful to research the source.

    There was a time when I’d Google a topic I was studying and devour everything I thought was good, but later when I started digging deeper I began to see that some of the sources were not accurate and had misinterpreted some scripture.

    I think with anything we should seek Gods wisdom and direction and it sound like that is exactly what you are doing as you prepare to teach Sunday school.

    May you be blessed as you continue to grow in the Lord.


  3. says

    Nicely done. I agree there is no substitute for the Word of God in our lives. It is our light and lamp.

    Unfortunately, research shows that reading is not an option for everyone…some are unable to draw meaning from the written Word and some just don’t take the time or make it a priority.

    Consider these statistics…
    About 65% of American believers don’t read the Bible on a regular basis.
    Only 10% of believers have ever read the entire OT and NT.
    About 40 million Americans are functionally illiterate.
    And, half the world can’t read.

    That’s where technology comes in, helping share the message of Christ to the poor and the illiterate in our country and around the world where the written Word is a closed, locked book.

    Thanks for using your blog to influence others toward Christ.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Jon Wilke,

    Thanks Jon,

    I appreciate your statistics and the link to your site.


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