The following article was on Martin Wicken’s blog and I thought it was worth reading. I so desperately want you all to become Bible readers and Bible lovers. It is very important that you know what God can do in your life just from getting into His word.
â€œThe noted Bible scholar James M. Gray told a story that underscores the importance of reading the Scriptures for personal growth.
â€œHe said that when he was a young Bible teacher he became deeply impressed by the peace and spiritual poise of a friend with whom he often talked.
â€œSince Gray wanted that same stability, he asked his companion the secret of his confident bearing and positive outlook.
â€œIt all started through reading Ephesians,â€ said the man. Gray was surprised by this simple response. He had read Ephesians many times but had never experienced the same strength he saw in his friend. Noticing Grayâ€™s puzzled look, the man explained.
â€œOn one occasion, when I was on a short vacation, I took a pocket edition of Ephesians with me. Lying down one afternoon, I read all six chapters. My interest was so aroused that I read the entire epistle again. In fact, I did not finally lay it down until I had gone through it some 15 times.â€
He then said, â€œWhen I arose to go into the house, I was in possession of Ephesians; or better yet, it was in possession of me. I had the feeling that I had been lifted up to sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesusâ€“a feeling that was new to me.â€
â€œThis testimony encouraged Gray to master the Scriptures for himself. He began to saturate his mind and heart with Godâ€™s Word so that he could freely and effectively communicate it to others.â€ – James M. Gray