Good morning family! I hope everyone is having a great start to this week :) The challenge for this Monday is to find the right bible for you. I propose that one of the most important responsibilities of a Christian is to read the bible. Why? Because God's word says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)," and, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)." So knowing the Word of God is instrumental in pleasing God. Many of us are not confident in the promises of God because we don't know what they are and we don't know how they apply to us.
Not only does knowing the Word of God increase our faith, but it also prepares us for war. Many of us don't realize that everyday we wake up, we walk through multiple battlefields. Not only does our Spirit fight our flesh, but it also battles Satan's demonic forces. Ephesians 6 tells us that we don't battle flesh and blood but the principalities of darkness. In order to defeat these forces we need the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
When Jesus was starving and tempted in the wilderness, He told Satan, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4)." If knowing the Word of God was that important to the perfect Son, how much more important should it be to us?
So I implore you, don't settle for the family bible that's been decorating the coffee table all your life, or the pocket bible the street evangelist was able to shove into your hand. Find a bible that you can understand. There are many different translations and even bibles with pictures. There are study bibles, bibles on tape, bibles on the internet, and even bible applications for your phone. But please don't go buy a bible that is so pretty you don't want to mark on it. The Word says we are to study to show ourselves approved, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). For most of us this means our bible will probably need some underlining, highlighting, page folding, or note writing to really be useful.