It’s an awesome responsibility to own a Bible. Don’t open your day without opening it. The Bible will not hurt you…but ignoring it will. Get into your Bible and let it get into you. You cannot master the Bible: it must master you. Don’t expect the world to respect a book you neglect. A Bible that’s falling apart belongs to a person who isn’t. If you want to use the Bible as a pillow when you are dying, you must study it while you are living. An open Bible opens heaven’s windows. God’s Word is our daily bread: not cake for special occasions. God has never made a promise that is too good to be true. The Bible is your road map which will guide you to heaven, but you can only be guided by a map you obey. The solution is not just Bible reading but Bible application. The Bible is the only thing you can take to heaven with you, for you can hide it in your heart (Ps. 119:11).
The Old Testament is man reaching up for God. The New Testament is God reaching down to man. The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed. The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed. The Bible gives us over 30,000 promises. That’s more than 80 for every day of the year. The phrase “Fear not” is used 365 times in the Bible; one for each day. The Bible contains 31,373 verses and the central verse is, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). “Thus says the Lord” is found more than two thousand times in the Bible. But Satan is introduced in the Bible as one who questions God’s Word (Gen. 3:1). The devil’s first words to Jesus also challenge the Word of God (Lk. 4:7). Satan doesn’t fear a dusty Bible: a chapter a day keeps him away.
The Bible illustrates itself as a light, as a fire, as a seed, as a hammer, as gold, as bread, as milk, as honey, as meat, and as a sword. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet” (Ps. 119:105). “His Word in my heart is like a burning fire” (Jer. 20:9). “The seed is the Word of God” (Lk. 8:11). “My Word like a hammer that breaks in pieces, says the Lord” (Jer. 23:29). “Thy judgments are more to be desired than gold” (Ps. 19:10). “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God” (Deut. 8:3). “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word” (I Pet. 2:2). “The law of the Lord is sweeter than honey” (Ps. 19:10). “Strong meat belongs to them that are of full age” (Heb. 5:14). “The Word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12).