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5 Essential Benefits of Reading the Bible

In this life, we all face trials and difficulties. We go through hard times and it can be easy to feel lost or alone. In fact, in the U.S., [url=]51% of women[/url] and 61% of men report exposure to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.
In other words, it's normal to experience tough circumstances. But we don't have to face them alone.
We can draw inspiration from reading the Bible. And that's just one benefit. Continue reading to learn about 5 essential benefits of Bible reading that you can have in your life.
[b]You'll Feel Joy [/b]
Reason number one to read the Bible? You'll feel joy.
As you read the verses throughout the books, you'll come across passages that bring joy and comfort. There are countless examples in the Bible of God helping His children and this can help you realize that He will assist you as well.
In fact, reading the scriptures can transform sorrows into peace and happiness. We can find purpose and potential by hearing the pleasing word of the Lord in the Bible.
[b]It Can Help You Overcome Temptation [/b]
We know that there is both good and evil in this world. As followers of God, it's our job to resist the temptations of the devil, but as humans, this is easier said than done. There are potential bad choices all around us and it can be hard to be strong against the voices of Satan.
Through reading the Bible. however--especially [url=]these special verses[/url]--we can have the power to overcome temptation and stay on the correct path. We can learn from Jesus' example of resisting evil.
Jesus always was able to counter the devil's temptations by relying on the word of God, often quoting scripture verses. This is a great example for any disciple. The word of the Lord can lift us up.
The Bible can act as a sword against the temptations of the devil. As it says in Ephesians, "Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God." We can be spiritually armed as we read His word.
[b]We Can See the Big Picture [/b]
In our lives, it's easy to feel confused by the things that happen. It's normal to wonder why certain things are going on or why God would let bad things occur to holy people.
But the fact of life is that we are here to learn and grow. We will mess up and make mistakes. And hard things happen to everyone.
Through reading the Bible, we can be reminded that there is a greater purpose to our suffering. There is bright hope for our future. And we have a divine identity that can give us strength.
In the world, it's easy to forget these concepts. Our day-to-day lives are stressful and busy. But as we read God's word in the scriptures we can see the big picture.
[b]It Contains God’s Promises [/b]
At times, following God may feel like a burden. You might think that there are too many commandments or that the teachings of the Lord are difficult to follow in our mortal state.
As you read the Bible, however, you'll realize all of the promises that the Lord gives to His followers. He blesses those who follow Him, and this can be extremely motivating.
It's refreshing to remember that He is there and wants to bless us as we follow Him. He promises to shower us with blessings whenever we follow His teachings. Plus, hearing about heaven can help us make good choices as well.
[b]It Nourishes Our Souls
[/b]Last but not least, reading the Bible can nourish your soul. Think about how it feels to go without food. When people haven't eaten, they begin to weaken, become irritable, and often can't focus on anything else.
This analogy applies to our spirits too. We need to keep it alive and well and one great way to do this is through reading God's word in the Bible.
When we read uplifting verses, we can instantly feel more connected to Him, giving us greater purpose and peace.
Another way to think about this is to relate it to your physical health. For many people, exercise is hard. It can be difficult to go to the gym after a long day and it's easy to want to relax instead of working out.
But after a good work out, how do you feel? Most people feel amazing. They have more energy, their attitude feels lighter, and they are proud of themselves.
The same idea applies to reading the Bible. It can be easy to put it off and make excuses of why it's not necessary. But when you take the time to sit down, read some verses, and ponder them, it's truly nourishing to your spirit.
You'll feel more positive, more peaceful, and more direction in your life. And who wouldn't want that?
The best part is that it doesn't take a lot. You just need to read a few passages to get the spirit flowing.
[b]Final Thoughts about Reading the Bible [/b]
Now that you've read all about these 5 essential benefits that can come from reading the Bible, there's one last step for you to take. It's time to take action. Open your scriptures and start reading!
In no time, you'll feel God's peace, joy, and direction enter into your life.
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