THE VALUE OF READING THE WORD OF GOD
In Revelation 1:4-6, John writes to the seven churces of Asia. He tells them that because of the blood of Jesus we have been washed from our sins and have been made kings and priests unto God and His Father.
In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, the Israelites are told the responsibilities of a king of Israel. One of those responsibilities was to write a copy of the law in a book out of which is before the priests the Levites. This writing had to be kept with the king all his days, and he had to read the book every day of his life. Why?
(1) that he may learn to fear the Lord His God;
(2) to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them;
(3) that his heart might not be lifted up above his brethren;
(4) that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left;
(5) that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
Begin reading the Word of God! Are you having problems ruling and reigning with Christ in this present evil world? How is your Bible reading and study? Here's a suggestion that will help get you started. There are 260 chapters in the New Testament from Matthew 1 - Revelation 22. If you make the commitment of reading nine chapters a day, you will have read the New Testament in one month. Just think. If you keep this up for a year, you will have read the New Testament 12 times or more. Why delay? Look at what the benefits are for taking the time to read for just a few minutes a day. You will be surprised at the change in your life in a matter of months. I am not asking you to write out the New Testament. I'm just asking you to read it. If you are wanting to hear from God, begin reading His Word today. Here are the Scripture references below.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (KJV)
14 When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;
15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.